LEGAL472-19B (HAM)

Issues in Family Law

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper focuses on the law and court procedure in relation to common family law disputes. In particular common issues in the Family Court concerning guardianship and parenting orders (care and contact), domestic violence, relationship property and vulnerable children are considered with a focus on the progression of applications through the Family Court to the point of resolution.


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Paper Structure

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This is a B semester paper. The teaching takes place in one two-hour lecture period per week. The whole class must attend these lectures. Attendance at lectures is essential for success in the assignment and the final examination. Outside of lectures there will be additional background reading for each topic taught.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Learning outcomes
    1. Describe the progression of common family law issues through the Family Court from the point of dispute to the point of resolution as per the provisions of statute and case law.
    2. Demonstrate an ability to research common family law issues and to then apply the legal and procedural elements on the pathway to resolution; including drafting of necessary documents.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment: Drafting
13 Sep 2019
12:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment: Opinion
13 Sep 2019
12:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All law students are required to purchase, for use in all law papers, a copy of Coppard, McLay, Murray & Orpin-Dowell New Zealand Law Style Guide (3rd ed, 2018). This is available from Bennetts, at an approximate price of $37 incl GST

Henaghan, Atkin, Clarkson & Caldwell (Butterworths) Family Law in New Zealand 18th edition, LexisNexis (2017). This is available from Bennetts, at an approximate price of $130.00 incl GST (note this text was required for Family Law LEGAL408-18A, and is available online through LexisNexis family law service).

In addition to the texts identified above, the Faculty of Law requires students purchase the course materials book(s) for this paper. These are available from Waikato Print.

The contents of the course materials book(s) will be required reading. As well, students will be expected to have any relevant family law statutes dealt with in the course (e.g.the Family Court Rules 2002, Care of Children Act 2004, Domestic Violence Act 1995, Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, Property (Relationships) Act 1976).

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Recommended Readings

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The following recommended books are on Desk Reserve in the Library:

The New Zealand Family Law Journal

The New Zealand Family Law Reports are found on the LexisNexis web-site.

The Family Reports of NZ are found on the Westlaw NZ web-site along with a large number of unreported Family Court cases (listed by month and year).

LexisNexis provides a Family Law Practical Guidance section on their web-site.

NZ Ministry of Justice web-site: www.justice.govt.nz provides a wealth of information for Family Court users.

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Other Resources

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Further material may be provided on the paper site on Moodle (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz), the University of Waikato’s online learning system. Any such material is provided on the following terms:

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is available via Moodle.
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Workload

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Students should expect to spend 150 hours in total on this paper. In addition to lecture attendance, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more-focused research time in the preparation of assignments
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Pre-requisite is completion of the A Semester paper: Family Law, LEGAL408-18A.
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