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LA4032 - Family Law

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Law Office

Existing legal rules affecting family relationships and the function of lawyers in their administration are examined, and a critical evaluation of these rules in the light of social objectives is undertaken. The subject includes the laws relating to entry into marriage and dissolution of marriage; the consequences of separation and divorce (maintenance and property rights; custody and access); parents and children; adoption; 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 treatment of the Family Law Act 1975 (Commonwealth).

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate IT tools;
  • The ability to access and employ online technologies effectively;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Prerequisites: LA1101 and LA1102
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
LA3005

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Professor Stephen Graw
Lecturer: Miss Diane Ruhl.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (65%); tutorial attendance and participation (15%); assignments (20%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: Professor Stephen Graw
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
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.