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LAW7022 - Forensic family law

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Dr Renata Alexander


City (Melbourne) Second semester 2008 (Evening)


An analysis of practice and changes under the Family Law Act 1975 for the resolution of family conflict, and how expert evidence and social, psychological and medical sciences inform decision making.


On completion of this subject students will have an understanding of

  1. the resolution of family conflict within the existing system of family law, with particular emphasis on primary dispute resolution;
  2. the role of the legal profession in the resolution of disputes about children and property in collaborative law processes and mediation;
  3. the role of the judiciary and the legal conduct of child related trials;
  4. The role of expert evidence and technical information in litigation;
  5. the relevance of social, psychological and medical sciences in children's matters;
  6. how family conflicts involving foreign jurisdictions are resolved;
  7. new developments and changes over the last 12 months.


Research assignment: 90% (7,000 words)
Class participation and attendance: 10%

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