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Family Law PG (11458.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School



    This unit 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) 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 an undergraduate version of the unit.

    Learning Outcomes

    After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

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

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

    3. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information to develop coherent oral and written analysis of contemporary issues relating to family law and law reform proposals; and

    4. Critically evaluate aspects of family law, including the effects of legal indeterminacy, gender and violence, holistically and contextually.

    Contact Hours

    Two hours of online videos, readings, forums and other interactive activities per week.


    This unit is only available to students in the Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, Master of Legal Studies or Graduate Certificate in Legal Studies courses.

    11431 Foundations of Law and Justice G or equivalent.



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    Equivalent Units

    7567 Family Law G

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