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Family Law (11265.1)

Level: Advanced Unit Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Law & Justice


  • UC - Canberra, Bruce
    Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery
    2019 Winter Term MS   Anya   AIDMAN (Ph: ) ON-CAMPUS

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  • Winter Term, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (192360) - View

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This subject studies the law and the context, which affects the formation and regulation of families in our changing society. It focuses on the formation and dissolution of marriage, decision- making about children, property division, effects of violence, and the indeterminacy of Family Law. Other specific issues focused on include Part VII of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) - aka FLA - and the implementation of the best interest test, emphasis on mediation and private ordering, relocation and the changing legislation's impact on de facto couples, same-sex couples and transsexual people.

This unit may be co-taught with a PG version of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this unit will be able to:

1. Identify and explain the core principles of family law;

2. Apply legislation and case law to a hypothetical factual situation involving a family law dispute;

3. Engage in critical analysis of aspects of family law, including the effects of legal indeterminacy, gender and violence;

4. Identify and research family law materials;

5. Develop coherent oral and written analysis of contemporary issues in family law; and

6. Evaluate the law holistically and contextually.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

A mix of online videos, readings, forums and other interactive activities totalling 2 hours per week.


This unit is only available to students in a Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Justice Studies course.

Students must have passed at least 36 credit points, including unit 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice.



Assumed Knowledge


Equivalent Units

7031 Family Law

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