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LA4032 - Family Law

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

In this subject students examine the legal rules affecting family relationships and the function of lawyers in their administration. The subject includes the laws relating to entry into marriage and dissolution of marriage; the consequences of separation and divorce (maintenance and property rights; parenting and care arrangements for children); parents and children; and de facto relationships. The role of lawyers in the process of dissolution, particularly in the fields of counselling, conciliation and mediation, is considered, along with a full and in-depth examination of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse the meaning of provisions in the Marriage, Adoption and Family Law Acts and other legislation;
  • apply the statutory provisions and case law, to practical and hypothetical problems arising in family law;
  • describe and understand the procedures of the Family Court of Australia;
  • understand the changing nature of marriage and divorce and child support.
Prerequisites: LA1101 and LA1102
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
LA3005

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Mr Malcolm Barrett
Lecturer: Miss Diane Ruhl.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (65%); tutorial attendance and participation (15%); assignments (20%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Mandy Shircore, Mr Malcolm Barrett
Lecturers: Mrs Jennifer Hartley, Miss Diane Ruhl.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (65%); tutorial attendance and participation (15%); assignments (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.