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Focus: Family Law, 6th Edition

Focus: Family Law, 6th Edition

Mills, E; Ebejer, M, 2014

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Book 9780409338911 $103.00

Focus: Family Law, 6th editionis an indispensable guide to understanding the dynamic area of family law, with clear explanations of key concepts supported by the strong pedagogical elements. Recent developments include family violence legislation and cases on division of property and same-sex marriage.


Format: Paperback


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.

Included in this sixth edition is substantial discussion of cases and policy relating to the current debate on the harmful effects of violence against children, centred on the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Family Law Legislation Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011.

Updated content also includes discussion on:
   –   Family Law Amendment (Validation of Certain Orders and Other Measures) Act 2012;
   –  Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act 2013;
   –  The role of the National Children’s Commissioner within the Australian Human Rights Commission;
   –  Stanford and Stanford [2012] HCA 52;
   –  Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory [2013] HCA 55

     •     Clear explanation of core concepts
     •     Pedagogical design that provides a constructivist learning approach
     •     Problem questions with structured sample answers
     •     Succinct summaries of key cases


Eithne Mills is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Law at Deakin University.  She has taught, written and practised in the area of family law and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.


Marlene Ebejer is a Lecturer at the School of Law at Deakin University and Principal Lawyer of Ebejer & Associates Lawyers Pty Ltd. She is an accredited family law specialist.

Table of Contents

1. The Changing Face of the Family
2. Constitutional and Jurisdictional Issues of Family Law
3. Foundation of Marriage
4. Nullity and Divorce
5. Children
6. Parental Responsibility and the Child Support Scheme
7. Spousal Maintenance
8. Distribution of Matrimonial Property
9. Financial Disputes between De Facto Partners
10. Violence within the Family

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