Course Title: Family Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 018355

Program: C6070

Course Title: Family Law

Portfolio: BUS

Nominal Hours: 51.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T TAFE Business


Course Contact: John Marshall

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5453

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Course Description

This module covers legal definition of marriage, Family Law Act and Family Court, Matrimonial Causes Act, dissolving of a marriage, custody and guardianship, spousal maintenance, child maintenance, division of matrimonial property, Property Law Act in relation to de facto relationships, Family Law Act and Crimes act in relation to orders, Adoption Act, organisations which help parties in a relationship under stress and appeals against judges’ decisions.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LAW5040 Legal Process [VBM898]

National Competency Codes and Titles


Family Law

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse the legal definition of marriage, legal requirements of parties within a marriage, and situations where a marriage is illegal.
2. Analyse the development of the Family Law Act and assess the jurisdiction of the Family Court.
3. Analyse the main provision of the former Matrimonial Causes Act and determine how this differs from the current Family Law Act.
4. Identify the grounds upon which the Family Court of Australia will dissolve a marriage.
5. Analyse the legal aspects of custody and guardianship.
6. Analyse and detail the provisions of the Family Law Act with reference to Spousal Maintenance.
7. Analyse and assess the development of the law in relation to the paying of maintenance for children.
8. Division of matrimonial property
9. Analyse the provisions of the Property Law Act in relation to the division of property of the parties in a defacto relationship.
10. Assess the operation of the Family Law Act and the Crimes (Family Violence)Act in relation to the making of Orders.
11. Evaluate the main provisions of the Adoption Act and identify the consequences for the parties involved in the event of an adoption Order being made.
12. Identify and evaluate of organisations that offer help to the parties in a relationship which is under stress.
13. Analyse and evaluate the basis upon which an appeal may be made against the decision of a judge or magistrate, and the procedure required before the court on the hearing of an appeal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of written tests and an assignment.