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LAWS3432: Family Law

Family Law deals with the core provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 governing parenting of children and the property of married couples and persons in a de facto relationship. It also has a focus on the intersection of domestic and family violence with family law issues. It emphasises the importance of understanding critical skills needed in the application of the law in this area. This course is essential for those interested in working in Family Law related disciplines either as a practitioner or in law reform. Family Law will focus on the following topics: constitutional and jurisdictional issues; marriage, divorce and de facto relationships; the resolution of disputes relating to children under the Family Law Act 1975; property division under the Family Law Act; child support and maintenance; family violence and the ethical practice of Family law.

Code LAWS3432
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the social context of family law and the debates about the legal regulation of families
  • LO2. develop the basis for becoming effective and sensitive family law practitioners
  • LO3. understand the strengths and weaknesses of existing law and policy concerning the breakdown of family relationships
  • LO4. develop the skill of being able to predict the range of possibilities in the way in which judicial officers might exercise their discretion with regard to family law issues.