LAW4162 - Family property and financial disputes - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Semester 2: Dr Adiva Sifris

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:

LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112; LAW2111

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015:

LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104


LAW3400 or LAW3401 and LAW3402


LAW4177Not offered in 2019


This unit provides students with an understanding of principles and concepts relating to financial disputes on relationship breakdown. Topics include:

  • The constitutional and jurisdictional contexts within which financial disputes are resolved
  • The resolution of property disputes (including binding financial agreements)
  • Dividing property on relationship breakdown
  • Applications for spousal maintenance
  • Superannuation and trusts
  • Injunctions and orders restraining the disposition of property (including against third parties)
  • Setting aside transactions to defeat claims


On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. comprehend and explain the essential concepts and policies underlying the division of family property and financial disputes in Australia including the broader context in which the system operates.
  2. critically evaluate the challenges and debates surrounding the division of property and maintenance on relationship breakdown including the ethical debates and professional responsibilities facing family lawyers.
  3. Identify, analyse and critically comment on disputes between parties to a marriage or parties in a de facto relationship involving issues of property and maintenance
  4. demonstrate reasoning skills and professional judgement which generate appropriate responses to complex statutory problems
  5. communicate effectively appropriately and persuasively on issues pertaining to financial disputes on relationship breakdown.
  6. learn and work autonomously and collaboratively and use feedback to improve their own capabilities and performance.


Mid semester class test (one hour plus 10 minutes reading/noting time, closed book) worth 50% of the result AND end of semester class test (one hour plus 10 minutes reading/noting time, open book) worth 50% of the result.

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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