LAWS5118 Family Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
In this unit students learn the key aspects of family law; marriage and de facto relationships, separation and divorce, parentage, parenting orders relating to children, property orders and the alteration of property interests and financial support for spouses and children, before progressing to study selected topics in-depth including family violence, family law processes and ethical issues in the practice of family law. The unit develops students' ability to critically analyse family law cases and statutory principles. Students critically examine family law concepts and principles in the context of social, economic and psychological dimensions of family formation and relationship breakdown, including the impact of separation on children.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of key aspects of Australian family law, family dispute resolution and the family law system; (2) critically analyse aspects of family law and ways that they apply to you and others ; (3) articulate complex family law issues to provide oral and Research primary and secondary materials and analyse current topics in family law ; (4) critically evaluate factual, legal and policy issues in selected aspects of family law; and (5) communicate succinctly, orally and in writing, on a family law topic applying primary and secondary materials.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class participation and presentation; (2) reflection journal; and (3) research paper and plan. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a Juris Doctor Student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Robyn Carroll
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
or
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics); for all other postgraduate students: approval must be given by the unit coordinator to take this unit
Incompatibility:
LAWS3376 Introduction to Family Law, LAWS3377 Advanced Family Law (or equivalents)
Contact hours
3 hours per week
Required texts

Young, L., Monahan, G., Sifris, A., and Carroll, R. Family Law in Australia, 9th edn: LexisNexis 2016

Additional suggested texts

Dickey, A. Family Law, 6th edn: Lawbook Co. 2014

Felberg, B., Kaspiew, R., Millbank, J., Kelly, F., and Behrens, J. Australian Family Law: The Contemporary Context, 2nd edn: OUP 2014

Parkinson, P. Australian Family Law in Context: Commentary and Materials, 6th edn: Lawbook Co. 2015

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