Course Title: Evaluate the concepts and principles of family law

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6141 Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Course Title: Evaluate the concepts and principles of family law

Portfolio: BUS Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LAW5725

City Campus

TAFE

650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2017

Course Contact: Robert Sheen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5759

Course Contact Email: robert.sheen@rmit.edu.au



Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist in the application of family law concepts and provisions including those relating to de facto relationships, enforcement of family court orders and other relevant matters, in order to support the work of a legal office, practice or associated context.

This unit supports the work of personnel engaged in the operation of a legal office, support agency, citizen’s advice bureau or associated fields within public and/or corporate sectors.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None



National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU21651 Evaluate the concepts and principles of family law

Elements:

1. Analyse the legal definition of marriage

10. Evaluate the main provisions of the Adoption Act

11. Identify and evaluate organisations that offer help to parties in a relationship which is under stress

12. Analyse the basis upon which an appeal may be made against the decision of a judge or magistrate and apply the procedure required before the court on the hearing of an appeal

2. Analyse the development of the Family Law Act

3. Identify the grounds upon which the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court will dissolve a marriage

4. Analyse and apply the legal aspects of the welfare of children

5. Analyse and apply the provisions of the Family Law Act with reference to Partner’s Maintenance

6. Analyse and apply the provisions for paying of child support

7. Analyse and apply the distribution of property under the Family Law Act

8. Analyse the constitutional and legislative provisions relating to domestic relationships other than marriage

9. Assess the operation of the Family Law Act and Family Violence Protection Act in relation to the making of orders


Learning Outcomes


 


Overview of Assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

In order to demonstrate competency in this unit, you must provide evidence of:

• knowledge of Family Law and the related fields of de facto relationships, and the enforcement of Family Law Court orders
• identifying the provisions of the Family Law in relation to dissolving of a marriage, custody and guardianship of children after parental separation, spousal maintenance and children maintenance
• identifying the property rights and orders under the Family Act with regards to altering property rights and determining the property order used by the Family Court
• knowledge of constitutional and legislative provisions under the domestic partnerships order than marriage
• analysing the Family Violence Protection Act in relation to protection given and the consequences of breaching the order
• evaluating the provisions of the Adoption Act and the consequences for the parties involved in the event of an adoption order
• identifying the organisations which help parties in a relationship under stress
• determining the basis upon which an appeal may be made, and identify the appeal procedures when making an appeal to the Family Court

Context for assessment

Assessment must ensure:

• activities are related to a legal practice context
• activities are related to laws, regulations and procedures currently operating across the jurisdictions relevant to this qualification

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning effectiveness and final performance in the course.

Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.