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LAWS512 Family Law

A critical examination of principles and global developments that underpin New Zealand’s family justice system, focusing upon ways the law impacts upon children, young people, parents, caregivers, families/whānau.

Law and procedures concerning the formation and breakdown of family relationships, and the relationship between family and state. Legal recognition of theories of human relationships.

Family law is a central part of the general practice of law. All lawyers should have a general knowledge of family law, both for their professional and personal life. There is also a growing number of lawyers who become specialists in family law.

Paper title Family Law
Paper code LAWS512
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,037.38
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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LAWS 311, LAWS 411, LAWS 511
Limited to

Teaching staff

Professor Nicola Taylor


Course readings are available via eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Develop understanding of how best to resolve complex multi-issue child and family law disputes on behalf of clients in a confident and effective manner
  • Be able to critically analyse issues of principle and policy raised by the family justice system and its operation in practice

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22
Thursday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16-22