Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3020: Family Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

It is envisaged that the syllabus will include  the following topics in the following order although precise content and order may vary.

Lectures on the topics below are complemented by workshops on topics covered scheduled over the two weeks following the lecture


Term 1

Mediation in Family Law disputes

Legal Parentage

Parental Responsibility

Court Resolution of Private Disputes over Children

Public law: Child Protection (assessment and voluntary provisions)

Public law: Child Protection (compulsory orders and emergency provisions)


Term 2

Role of Family Law and the Family Justice System

Family definition and Family Law Marriage and Civil Partnership (CP) Cohabitation Law

Divorce/CP Dissolution and Nullity

Divorce/CP Dissolution and Financial Provision/Property Adjustment Cohabitation and Property issues

Domestic Violence

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching4623 x 2 hour Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching96 x 1.5 hour Workshops
Guided Independent study120Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided Independent study35Workshop preparation
Guided Independent study80Assessment preparation
Guided Independent study10Formative assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).