University of Technology Sydney

78727 Australian Family Law

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 (70317 Real Property AND (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)) 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 AND 78272 Family Law: Children and Parenting AND 78273 Family Law: Property and Financial Matters


The Australian family law system helps people resolve the legal aspects of family relationships issues, particularly relationship breakdown. In this subject, students develop 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 parenting and the legal division of property post separation.

Students learn about the laws that govern the rights and obligations of married and de facto parties in property and interpersonal relationship disputes by examining fundamental provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and child support legislation.

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 matters.

Students use social, political and theoretical perspectives to examine principles, doctrines and ethical issues in family law. Students 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. 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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