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LAW7060 - Current problems in family law

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Ms Adiva Sifris, The Hon. Justice Nahum Mushin


Not offered in 2008


The areas examined will include some or all of the following: the legal implications of changes in family forms; the prognosis for primary dispute resolution and the need for private ordering in family law; recent developments in property division including the splitting of superannuation entitlements, bankruptcy reforms, procedures relating to third parties and taxation implications; an analysis of the recent reforms in the area of parenting, children and child support; legal issues arising from domestic relationships and same-sex parenting.


This unit will require students to identify and analyse

contemporary problems in family law and policy and

understand how such problems have been resolved in

Australia and some overseas jurisdictions. Students

completing the unit will acquire a detailed knowledge of

recent Australian developments in case law and legislation and current law reform proposals. They will also obtain an understanding of the theoretical and policy background to contemporary family law issues.


Research assignment (6,750 words): 90% and Class participation: 10%

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week



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