Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3057: Family Law: Adult Relationships

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (0 weeks), term 2 (11 weeks) and term 3 (0 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Anne Barlow (Convenor)


Legal Foundations – LAW1022


Legal Foundations – LAW1022

Available via distance learning


Family law: Adult Relationships is an exciting and topical module which explores how the law and family justice system operate to regulate adult relationships. By analysing the legal and policy framework for family law in the context of the changing ways that people partner and how family is defined, you will engage in an assessment of the role and effectiveness of family law in regulating adult relationships and consider and debate proposals for reform of the law. You will also explore relevant socio-legal research in this area and consider its importance to the development of family law in the 21st century.

You will begin the module by considering the role of family law in the 2s1t century and how the legal definition of family is changing, as social norms have changed. You will consider the formation, termination and legal consequences of the adult relationships of marriage, civil partnership and cohabitation. Topical issues you will cover include the radical recent changes to the Family Justice System; adequacy of remedies for domestic violence; the use of pre-nuptial agreements; moves towards gay marriage; and how to achieve fairness in asset distribution on relationship breakdown.

Legal Foundations LAW1022 is a Pre-Requisite for this module. Subject to this, students from other Units may take the module.

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