Focus: Family Law, 9th edition
An ideal introduction to Australian family law policy, legislation and key cases.
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Focus: Family Law provides an ideal introduction to family law. It contains clear explanations and analysis of the law and its underlying policy, as well as a synopsis of the facts of, and excerpts from, the leading judgments in key family law cases. Problem questions at the end of each chapter provide the opportunity to apply the principles to hypothetical scenarios, encouraging discussion of the broader impact of family law. This ninth edition provides extensive discussion of recent cases and policy, including the commencement of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia in September 2021. Significant developments covered in this edition include:
• integration of the discussion on married and de facto property into one chapter
• habitual residence as a jurisdictional consideration for parenting applications under Family Law Act 1975 s 69E
• references to the newly commenced Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Family Law) Rules 2021 updated throughout
• current Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia practice and procedure following the 2021 court merger
• new family law procedures with respect to superannuation information as from April 2022
• important recent decisions, such as:
o Fairbairn v Radecki  HCA 18
o Clayton v Bant (2020) 385 ALR 41
o Hsiao v Fazarri (2020) ALR 446
o Heaney & Gerethy  FamCA 511
• Clear explanations of core concepts consolidate understanding of fundamental principles and case law
• Pedagogical design that provides a constructivist learning approach
• Problem questions with structured sample answers
• Succinct summaries of key cases
• Holmes, LexisNexis Case Summaries: Family Law, 7th ed, 2016
• Serisier, Practising Family Law, 5th ed, 2022
• Sifris et al, Family Law in Australia, 10th ed, 2021
Table of contents
- The Evolving Face of the Family
- Constitutional and Jurisdictional Issues of Family Law
- Nullity and Divorce
- Parental Responsibility and the Child Support Scheme
- Spousal Maintenance
- Distribution of Matrimonial and De Facto Property
- Violence within the Family