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Gold Coast
Lismore
Online

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Examines in detail the provisions of the Family Law Act and the Child Support Legislation. Introduces students to the relationship of traditional families and the family in its extended form to the existing legal system and explores the legal rights and obligations of family members with a particular focus on parenting, property and violence.

Unit content

Topic 1     Introduction to family law practice
Topic 2     Family law in contemporary Australian society
Topic 3     Constitutional and jurisdictional issues, the courts and dispute resolution
Topic 4     Marriage and divorce
Topic 5     Violence and abuse
Topic 6     Overview of procedure in  family disputes, costs and legal aid
Topic 7     Disputes involving children: legal and procedural issues
Topic 8     ICL, family consultants' reports, child abuse and abduction
Topic 9     Financial support for the family: Child support and child maintenance
Topic 10   Adjustment of  Property interests
Topic 11   Interim and urgent property applications and agreements between the parties
Topic 12   Financial support for former married and de facto partners

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of Family Law;
2 demonstrate an ability to analyse, research, reason and apply the principles of Family Law to generate responses to practical situations;
3 demonstrate knowledge of alternative types of dispute resolution including, mediation, arbitration and conciliation, known as Family Dispute Resolution under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth);
4 Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical frameworks applying to Family Law professional practice.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of Family Law;
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate an ability to analyse, research, reason and apply the principles of Family Law to generate responses to practical situations;
    • GA2:
  3. demonstrate knowledge of alternative types of dispute resolution including, mediation, arbitration and conciliation, known as Family Dispute Resolution under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth);
    • GA4:
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical frameworks applying to Family Law professional practice.
    • GA3:

Prescribed texts

  • Young, L, Monahan, G, Sifris, A & Carroll, R, 2016, Family Law in Australia, 9th edn, LexisNexis, Sydney. ISBN: 9780409341362.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.