|Family Law - LAWS3391|
Family Law deals primarily with the legal principles, processes and institutions applicable to different types of domestic relationships, especially those arising from marriage and various forms of unmarried cohabitation (heterosexual and same-sex), and those arising between parents and children. The course will be especially relevant to students with an interest in the legal regulation of family relationships, including issues arising from sex and gender and notions of children’s rights, and to students who wish to qualify themselves for general legal practice (especially in suburban and country firms) or for specialised family law practice.
Recommended Prior Knowledge
As a result of activity at both the federal and state levels in recent years, the volume of family law legislation and case law has grown dramatically, both in the central area of the regulation of domestic relationships and the resolution of disputes arising from relationship breakdown, and also in relation to the links between family law and other areas of law dealing with child welfare, bankruptcy, corporations, trusts and superannuation, and succession and family provision. For this reason, the Family Law course is presented as an introductory "overview" type of course, rather than one which purports to provide extremely detailed coverage of each relevant topic. The main objectives are:
Class participation (0-20%, optional and maximisable); and
2 exams (50% each); or
1 exam and research essay (50% each)
Note on assessment in Summer Semester:
Class Participation (0-20%, optional and maximisable)
1 casenote (25%)
1 exam (75%)
In addition, it is important that each student have an up-to-date copy of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), including amendments which came into force on 1 March 2009.
Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer.