University of Technology Sydney

78272 Family Law: Children and Parenting

Requisite(s): (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies) AND 70317 Real Property) OR ((70106 Principles of Public International Law OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice)
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Anti-requisite(s): 76516 Family Law AND 78255 Australian Family Law


The Australian family law system helps people resolve the legal aspects of family relationships issues, particularly relationship breakdown. This subject focuses in depth on children and parenting following a relationship breakdown, and other issues related to children that are determined under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) such as approaches to gender dysphoria and surrogacy. The subject provides students with an understanding of the family law system including dispute resolution procedures within and outside of the court structure, court practice and procedure, and the theory and social research that underpins the rights and obligations of children and parties in parenting disputes by examining fundamental provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).

This subject develops the knowledge base and analytical skills of students through problem-solving exercises that mirror the legal and factual issues that arise in legal practice when advising on, or adjudicating family law parenting matters. Students use social, political and theoretical perspectives to examine principles, doctrines and ethical issues in the family law jurisdiction. Students also consider suggestions for reform of the Australian system and approaches taken in other jurisdictions.

All problem-solving exercises and discussions are underpinned by relevant practical and social policy issues, including the impact of family violence and the growing awareness of children's rights. Students also undertake research and lead class discussion in order to critically evaluate the laws, practices and policies dealing with the complex public and private interests at stake upon relationship breakdown.

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