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Family Law

Module code: LLBP 2023

Module description

Family law is a dynamic and engaging subject, constantly changing, sometimes controversial with a subject matter which is inherently interesting to many. The issues addressed in family law are often personal matters to which we can relate to in our own lives, whether directly or indirectly through the experiences of those we know. The courts tend to get involved with families when things go wrong, when relationships break down or where there are concerns about a child's welfare. The syllabus covers the key areas of marriage and divorce, the unmarried family, financial provision, children (considering both private law disputes and the law where the state intervenes in child protection matters) and domestic abuse. Consideration is also given to how our obligations under international treaties, such as the UNHCR and the ECHR , impact on family law domestically.

This module will look at how the law responds to these issues and will equip students with the knowledge and understanding of the law, doctrines and principles which regulate the modern family.

Recent times have proved to be somewhat volatile for family law, with family justice encountering a period of major uncertainty and change - but this challenge also underlines the interesting and dynamic nature of the subject.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 40 hours
  • Seminars: 10 hours
  • Revision session: 4 hours


  • Online assessment (30 questions in one hour): 40%
  • Assessed coursework (2000 words): 60%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books