LAWS13011 - Family Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Family Law is an elective delivered via intensive mode. This unit will equip you with the knowledge and skills to practice family law by providing you with an understanding of the legislation and case law relating to the dissolution of the marriage relationship and defacto relationship, planning for future financial arrangements including the division of property, spousal maintenance and child support, the role of dispute resolution in family law and planning for child focused arrangements pertaining to children.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisite: 48 credit points of law 

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Term 2 - 2022 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 66.67% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: In zoom session and email feedback to the UC
Students spoke positively of the availability of the unit materials, podcasts, video and assessment information on the day the unit went live on Moodle.
The UC will continue to ensure all materials and assessment information are made available on Moodle the day the unit goes live to provide students with an opportunity to commence their study before Term 2.
Action Taken
All materials, podcast, previous zoom recordings and assessment were made available on Moodle two weeks before Term 2 commenced.
Source: Feedback to the UC in zoom sessions an via email and 'have your say' survey
Students informed the UC that some pages in some chapters of the textbook were not required reading for the module they were studying. They felt that some parts of the chapters did not assist in their knowledge of family law.
The UC has identified that in some chapters there are readings that may not be required for the assessment in this unit. If the same textbook is used for future offerings the UC will specify in the unit profile, page numbers within some chapters that students should read.
Action Taken
Unit profile was specific with chapter readings.
Source: Student feedback
Students provided positive feedback that the unit materials, podcasts, previous zoom sessions and assessment information on Moodle two weeks before the term commenced.
The UC will continue to ensure all materials for the unit are available on Moodle two weeks before Term 2 commences.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
The current textbook is the 2nd edition published in 2016.
A 3rd edition of the textbook is currently with the editor and will be published in March 2021. The 3rd edition will be used in Term 2 2021.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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