This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist in the application of family law concepts and provisions including those relating to de facto relationships, enforcement of family court orders and other relevant matters, in order to support the work of a legal office, practice or associated context.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communication skills to work with clients, colleagues, management, relevant specialist personnel under direction, independently or within a team; - research, analytical and organisational skills to identify and evaluate the application of rules and provisions under the Family Law Act and other relevant legislation; - research and analytical skills to determine relevance of particular aspects of family law to wide range of particular circumstances and contexts, including child welfare; - analytical and problem-solving skills and ethics to determine appropriate procedures and processes for a range of family law matters, such as: divorce; property distribution and maintenance; accessing help and support for relationships under stress, and appeals against orders, and; - analytical, literacy and technical writing skills to interpret information, prepare documents and reports.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - relevant international, Federal, State and local government legislative and statutory requirements, regulations and provisions pertaining to family law; - general principles of family law; - legal definition of marriage; - Family Law Act and Family Court; - dissolving of a marriage; - custody and guardianship; - spousal maintenance; - child support; - property distribution; - Family Law Act and Family Violence Protection Act in relation to orders; - adoption act; - organisations which help parties in a relationship under stress, and; - appeals against judges' decisions.

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