Family Law (Children) is designed to prepare students (including current practitioners) for running children’s cases at a best-practice level. This course will focus on specified issues in children’s matters at a high level, yet with significant practical application.
The topics covered at this level introduce new material at a significantly more advanced and in-depth level. This will include theoretical, legislative, case-law, procedural (including inter-disciplinary) and practice ready components.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge to reflect critically on the legal and social science principles to determine what is in a child’s best interests.
- Synthesise complex information regarding theories of attachment, impact of violence and other issues affecting children in the context of their practical application to a particular family unit.
- Apply theoretical knowledge and analytical and forensic skills to identify issues and to gather and analyse evidence, including expert evidence to effectively advise the client or a court how to determine the matter.
- Understand principles of engaging an expert witness sufficiently to prepare appropriate briefing material and apply those principles to formulate appropriate questions for the expert to consider.
- Reflect critically on the implications of the theoretical knowledge for application in other areas of family law practice such as dealing with welfare authorities.
- Plan and execute a substantial research based project — whether by written or oral submission or advice to a client.
- Design a comprehensive strategy to critically review by cross examination, an expert report that has raised issues relevant to a child’s best interests.
- These assessment options are interchangeable. For each course offering assessment options will be chosen totaling 100%, with at least 50% comprised of research based assessment. (100) [LO null]
- Examples of assessment items include: (null) [LO null]
- 1. 3500 word essay on issues relating to social science with application within a legal (null) [LO null]
- context (50%). (50) [LO null]
- 2. Prepare a cross examination as the Independent Children’s Lawyer of a mock expert (null) [LO null]
- report in relation to a relocation that raises issues relevant for assessing what living arrangements are in the child’s best interests. Possible topics will include violence, attachment and allegations of sexual abuse. The examination preparation must include questions and sequencing of questions. (30%) Alternatively, prepare a written submission to the court addressing similar issues. (30) [LO null]
- 3. Discussion postings (20%). Two 300 postings (5% each) and 3 other postings (10% for contributions). (20) [LO null]
- 4. Prepare in group of 2-4 a retainer letter to an expert setting out relevant questions and listing material that would be briefed (10%). (10) [LO null]
- 5. Complete a multi-component assignment for either the applicant or respondent parent (including preparing court documents, drafting affidavits and briefing documents for a court hearing) to apply for relocation. Underlying factual material would raise a range of issues drawn from topic 2 above. (up to 65%). Students also complete a 2000 word essay on a relevant topic (25%) and contribute to discussion postings (65) [LO null]
- (10%). (10) [LO null]
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Workload10-12 hours per week during the semester online via Wattle.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsMaterials will be provided online and will include the materials identified within the topic areas above.
Preliminary ReadingA Course Outline will be available prior to the commencement of the course.
Assumed KnowledgeIt is expected that a student will have completed either an undergraduate or JD course in Family Law, or LAWS8581 Foundations of Family Law. This course is only open to students who have completed a law degree (LLB or JD).
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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