Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Richard Ingleby


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html


The areas examined will include some or all of the following:

  1. Recent developments in property division including the assessment of contributions, the impact of bankruptcy reforms and procedures relating to third parties.
  2. Reforms in the area of parenting and child support.
  3. The legal implications of changes in family forms (including same-sex parenting).
  4. The prognosis for primary dispute resolution and the need for private ordering in family law.


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%
Class participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Richard Ingleby

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week