LAW4162 - Family property and financial disputes 406
6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Law
Leader(s): Adiva Sifris
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
This unit examines the constitutional and jurisdictional contexts within which property and spousal maintenance disputes are resolved. The course covers the procedural and substantive provisions of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) relevant to property and maintenance disputes between spouses, and de facto couples, including obtaining orders and injunctions against third parties and the division of superannuation interests. It also examines the non adversarial procedures and processes for resolving disputes. The course examines and critiques the existing law and the differential impact of marriage and cohabitation on men and women.
Students who complete this unit should
- acquire a basic knowledge of the law governing property division and spousal maintenance and develop some understanding of the way in which this law operates in practice;
- acquire an understanding of the legal procedures relevant to the determination of financial disputes between spouses and de facto partners;
- become familiar with theoretical and critical debate about the financial consequences of marriage and cohabitation; and
- receive an introduction to some of the skills necessary for practice in family law.
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 OR Optional participation in the Family Law Assistance Program with both a 2.5 day practical component and a research report (2000 words) 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.
Four hours of lectures per week over ten weeks.