Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Family Law and Relationships
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit focuses on the law regulating family life and relationships, both formally and informally created. It considers the challenges in using law in the context of family life, as opposed to law in other contexts. The module covers the formalities in the creation of marriage and civil partnerships, and the difference between these legally managed relationships from other forms of family relationship. It considers the issue of family violence and the specific remedies for domestic violence and forced marriage. It also examines the law relating to the granting of a divorce, and the property consequences of relationship breakdown where the family assets have to be divided on divorce, or at the end of a cohabitation relationship.
To critique the role of the law in regulating family relationships and identify the social policy objectives underpinning family law
To develop research, critical and analytical skills in identifying major policy concerns as they appear in family legislation, and to evaluate the current law and proposed reforms
Students should be able to identify the difficulty in defining and regulating the family through law and legal processes.
Students should be able to discuss the policies underpinning family law in England and Wales and critique the current legal frameworks.
Students should be able to reflect academic commentary to highlight the impact of the wider social context on the practise of family law.
Teaching and learning methods
Online lectures, provision of online feedback/clarification sessions (optional), seminars - alternative face-to-face or online depending on circumstances.
Knowledge and understanding
Students should know the fundamental principles governing the regulation of family relationships in England and Wales
Students should know and apply the relevant statutory materials and case law
Students should be familiar with law reform processes as it pertains to the family
Students should be able to analyse legal and socio-legal information and recognise its implications and assumptions to draw links between social policy and legislation
Students should be able to analyse case law to critique judicial interpretation of law and policy
Students should be able to evaluate and criticise the dominant legal and social models in law of family relationship
Students should present effective written and oral argument analysing the legal problems affecting family life
Online open book examination. Choice of 2 questions from 6 available. Submission of answers 7 days after publication through Blackboard. 1500 word limit on each answer declared on the paper.
Herring, J. Family Law 9th edition (Pearson 2019)
Lamont, R. (editor) Family Law (OUP 2018).
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|Isabel Lamont||Unit coordinator|
Restricted to: Students on the following programmes: BA (Law with Politics) BA (Law with Criminology); LLB (Law with Politics); LLB (Law); LLB (Law with Criminology). Pre-requisites: Compulsory year 1 Law School courses OR LAWS10261 Introduction to English Law
This course is available to incoming study abroad students providing they have some knowledge of the law.
Timetable see Law School timetable