Course Title: Family Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Family Law

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Callie Harvey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5772

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.05.023

Course Coordinator Availability: Business Hours

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with detailed knowledge and skills to apply the law relating to marriage, divorce, matrimonial property settlements, children’s issues, spousal maintenance and child support. You will also examine the provisions of the Family Violence Protection Act and the Adoption Act and the related field of domestic relationships.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Examine the jurisdiction of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court
  2. Analyse the law relating to a valid marriage to enable the preparation of legal documentation.
  3. Acquire an understanding of family law principles relating to dissolution of marriage, children, child support, spousal maintenance and division of property, including superannuation to enable the preparation of legal documentation.
  4. Evaluate the non-adversarial processes for resolving disputes in family law.
  5. Examine legislation relevant to domestic relationships and financial disputes between domestic partners.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Canvas. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.
Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.
Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Assessment Task 2: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.