Financial Issues on Relationship Breakdown

30 May 2012


This August intensive will be taught by former Family Court Judge, Stephen O'Ryan QC and one of America's leading experts in Family Law, Professor Thomas Oldham.

Financial Issues on Relationship Breakdown will examine various aspects of the law concerning the division of property and spousal maintenance when couples separate, and compare Australian and American approaches.

It aims to offer a deeper understanding of the principles that ought to be applied in making financial adjustments when relationships break down and to examine reform options for Australian law.

The unit will take place between 3-4 and 10-11 August 2012 and will be taught by Professor Thomas Oldham, University of Houston Law Center, USA and former Family Court judge, The Hon. Stephen O'Ryan QC.

Professor Thomas Oldham is the John H. Freeman Professor of Law at the University of Houston.

He has also been elected to the American Law Institute.

He is a recognized expert in community property, family law, partnership, agency and business organizations law.

He has been chair of the AALS Family Law Section and is a member of the Board of Editors for the American Bar Association, Family Law Quarterly.

The Hon Stephen O'Ryan QC was called to the Bar in 1975 and took silk in 1990.

From 1994 to 2011, he was a judge of the Family Court of Australia and served as a member of the Appeal Division of the Court.

He is also an accredited mediator.

All units of study cost $3,540 for domestic students and $4,350 for international students.

They are available to study as part of the following degrees:

Legal practitioners can count this unit of study towards Mandatory Continuing Legal Educaiton (MCLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

Candidates can elect to complete the assessment, claim the MCLE or CPD points and then count the unit towards a degree at a later stage.

Alternatively, candidates can elect not to complete the assessment but still claim the MCLE or CPD points.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

Further information on the 2012 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Program

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 680107221f7c2c0805581c310c073e2b101b3c5732176c553d17012a07