Family Law in Australia, 9th edition (eBook)

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This leading family law text identifies the underlying principles of family law through analysis of the historical, social and legal background to the present law. It examines the evolution of family law in its contemporary context and critically evaluates patterns of past and future reforms.

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AUD$ 184.00
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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409341379

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Family Law in Australia provides a comprehensive, detailed and accessible analysis of key family law issues and their positioning in the Australian society. The underlying principles of family law as expressed in the present law are placed in their historical, social and legal context. The authors critically evaluate patterns of past and future reforms, making this text invaluable for scholarly and vocational study in law and as an authoritative text for practitioner use.

The ninth edition of Family Law in Australia has been fully revised and updated by a team of authors highly experienced in family law. Developments include:

  • major revision of chapters on property settlement, including developments arising out of Stanford (ZCA), Bevan & Bevan, Hoffman & Hoffman and Fields & Smith (FamCAFC), the changes in the area of ‘big money’ cases and the future of add-backs
  • complex recent litigation on financial agreements, third parties and de facto relationships
  • the impact of the 2012 amendments to Pt VII of the Family Law Act (relating to Children and Parenting)
  • legislative developments and solutions on parentage and related issues, particularly surrogacy arrangements and assisted conception
  • discussion of developments in relation to special medical procedures: Re Jamie (FamCAFC) (childhood gender identity disorder and the role of the court)
  • increased focus on family dispute resolution methods, including the relevance of family law arbitration
  • extended discussion of social policy throughout.


  • Combines analysis of current law and discussion of trends in social policy and research
  • An established and popular title with a longstanding reputation in the field
  • Engaging, clear and relevant content

Related Titles

Chisholm, Christie & Kearney, Annotated Family Law Legislation, 3rd ed, 2015
Holmes, LexisNexis Case Summaries: Family Law, 6th ed, 2016
Mills & Ebejer, Focus Family Law, 6th ed, 2015
Serisier & Altobelli, Practising Family Law, 3rd ed, 2012


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Table of contents

Ch 1 Law, Society and the Family

Ch 2 Dispute Resolution in Family Law

Ch 3 Violence and Abuse

Ch 4 Constitutional Powers and the Family Courts

Ch 5 Marriage and De Facto Relationships

Ch 6 Nullity, Divorce and Termination of De Facto Relationships

Ch 7 Parentage

Ch 8 Child Related Disputes: The Legislative Framework

Ch 9 Children and Parents: The Exercise of Discretion In Reallocating Parental Responsibility

Ch 10 Financial Support of Married and De Facto Partners

Ch 11 Financial Support of Children

Ch 12 Property Proceedings: Preliminary Issues

Ch 13 Property Proceedings: The Legislative Framework

Ch 14 Property Proceedings: The Exercise of the Discretion

Ch 15 Property Proceedings: Specific Issues