LAWS310-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

Relationship Property and Family Finance

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 13 October 2017


The course aims to provide a sound academic grounding in the Property (Relationships) Act 1976, Child Support Act 1991, and the adult maintenance provisions of the Family Proceedings Act 1980.

Relationship Property and Family Finance Law is an important area of property law that is practised by both general legal practitioners and specialist family lawyers alike.

This course examines the law and policy of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976, which is the statute dealing with the division of the property of married and de facto couples upon their separation.  Particular attention will be paid to current topical issues such as the New Zealand Courts' treatment of family trusts.  The law and policy governing awards for adult maintenance under the Family Proceedings Act 1980, and the child maintenance under the Child Support Act 1991, are also examined.

The course includes tutorials and guest lectures, and an optional moot.


(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110




Course Coordinator / Lecturer

John Caldwell


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Compulsory Essay 11 Sep 2017 35%
Optional Moot 10%
Final Examination 65%

Assessment may be by way of a compulsory essay, and optional moot, and a final examination.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $775.00

International fee $3,525.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS310 Occurrences

  • LAWS310-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017