Courses & Units

Family 1 - the Family and the Child LAW681


Examines the legal relationships arising out of the family (with the exception of financial relationships which are dealt with in LAW682 Family 2 -- Financial Aspects of Family Law). Topics covered in this unit include marriage, nullity, and divorce; the role and operation of the Family Court; methods of dispute resolution in family law; children's rights (particularly vis a vis their parents); principles of child placement on the breakdown of the parent's relationship. Students will be encouraged to consider the application of family law from a broad perspective including consideration of relevant policy issues. Students will also be given an understanding of the changing nature of the law in this area with particular attention being given to areas of family law that have recently undergone reform as well as other areas where reform may be desirable.


Unit name Family 1 - the Family and the Child
Unit code LAW681
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Teaching staff

Kiki Mussared

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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3 2017: $1,324.00 2017: $1,561.00 090907

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  • Pre-requisites: EITHER LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW225, LAW226, LAW204, LAW205 OR LAW250, LAW251, LAW252, LAW253, LAW254, LAW255, LAW256, LAW204.


Teaching Pattern

Blended Learning Delivery

Pre-class set readings

Face to Face: 1x50-min lectures weekly; two hour seminar during eleven weeks of semester

Online: Online learning activities weekly


Policy Brief/Law Reform Submission, Reflective Court Report, Participation, Examination

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Flexible Study Options

Kiki Mussared



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