The topic aims to familiarise students with the regulation of the 'family' within Australian society and to assess the impact of current laws and procedures relating to the family. Areas covered may include: definitions of 'family'; marriage and nullity; divorce and family breakdown; financial and property adjustment; disputes relating to children; de facto relationships; status of children (legal issues arising from assisted and artificial reproduction, surrogacy, adoption etc); procedural aspects (including the Family Court, role of lawyers and counsellors, ethical responsibilities of family lawyers, alternative dispute resolution in family law).
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