YEAR 12 LEGAL STUDIES UNIT: Family and the Law UNIT OVERVIEW This unit looks at how does the law recognise and regulate family relationships? The law has procedures and requirements for the legal recognition of a family unit. Family law is sensitive to changing social, cultural, ethical and moral values. The law upholds certain rights and obligations that apply to family members. ASSESSMENT: They are an Extended research response that is written: 1000 – 1500 words, covering Knowing and understanding the law, Investigating legal issues and Responding to the law dimensions and an Extended response test: supervised unseen question 600 – 800 words: 1.5 – 2 hours covering Knowing and understanding the law, Investigating legal issues and Responding to the law dimensions. UNIT DETAILS: No Learning Goal Success Criteria (I Know I’ve got it when I can …) 1 Which current legal issues relate to family law? Apply the legislation to Family Law and use precedent cases as examples for each. 2 What is a family and how is this changing? Brainstorm ‘what is a family?’ and look at various definitions. Explain the term "Marriage”. Identify who is not included in the definition of Marriage and analyse why. Debate myths and statistics about marriage and families. 3 How does the law regulate marriage and other types of personal relationships? Examine the opinions and social consequences of stakeholders not permitted to marry (e.g. Same-sex relationships, transsexuals, transvestites, incest relationships, polygamists, bigamists) Explain why issues in family law are so controversial and problematic for the legal system to regulate. 4 How does the law deal with the dissolution of family relationships? Identify social and historical factors, such as the evolution from fault to no-fault divorce, that have affected family relationships. Analyse divorce rates and changes in these trends, using statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Examine the differences /features between fault and nofault divorce? (Include a brief reference to reasons for divorce) Examine and evaluate different stakeholder perspectives and reasons for their positions. 5 How does the law deal with issues arising with children such as residence, financial support, abuse, neglect and domestic violence? What legal and social issues may arise in families? Explain what section of the Family Law Act deals with property settlement? Investigate the four steps of property settlement and analyse: What is a definition of property? e.g. What can be divided? What is a contribution? What is the split/ rules to do with contribution? What are some of the issues which determine future needs? What are some examples of where adjustments are made by the Court? Select and organise information from a range of sources to create a concept map outlining factors affecting the exercise of family law regarding residency of children and child support in relationship breakdowns. Explain what rights do children have? And what is this presumption of equal shared parental responsibility? What reasons can be used by the courts to not allow 50/50 responsibility? Discuss the differences between a parenting order versus a parenting plan. Identify and describe what is equal, substantial and significant time? Identify the Primary and Additional Considerations relating to children the court must consider when making decisions. Examine the legal and social issues may arise in families such as domestic violence; child abuse and the role of government agencies. 6 How does the legal system regulate the distribution of property upon death? Examine the implications of making and amending a will and ensuring it has the elements of a legal will.