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LAW3421 Family Law

Interim Trimester 1, 2023 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Course Coordinator: Kathy Reeves


Pre-requisite: LAW1111


Family law is a major area of legal practice which also overlaps with important social issues. The course will focus on the main areas to equip students with the ability to practice in Family Law. In relation to children's issues the course will maintain a child-centred focus to give students direction as to the requirements of the courts and the community that the best interests of the child should be taken into account. The course will also focus on the dispute resolution processes that pertain to Family disputes in a changing policy and legal environment.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate [interpret and synthesise] an understanding of a coherent body of knowledge of family law, and the broader contexts in which family law issues arise (PO1, TLO1);
  2. Identify and articulate family legal issues, and apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to family legal issues (PO3, TLO3);
  3. Demonstrate [apply] the intellectual and practical skills needed to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues relating to family law (PO4, TLO4);
  4. Communicate family law issues in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences (PO5, TLO5); and
  5. Identify applicable legislation and delegated legislation in family law, and deploy appropriate techniques in the course of solving interpretative problems in family law (PO7).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to family law 10.00
2. The legal framework 10.00
3. Concept of Family/Marriage/Nullity and Divorce 10.00
4. Children's matters 20.00
5. Property settlements 20.00
6. Child Support 10.00
7. Spousal maintenance 10.00
8. Family violence and abuse 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Ebejer, M, Byrne, V and Aylett, M 2022, Focus: Family Law, 9th edn, Lexis Nexis, Chatswood, New South Wales.
Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz 1 No 30 1,2
Assignments Practical Practical No 40 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Quiz 2 No 30 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 24 September 2023