Family Law - LW505

Sorry, this module is not currently running in 2019-20.


Previous or concurrent study of LW588.


Not available to non-Law students. Final year module only.



This module focuses on the way law defines, constructs and regulates the family and familial relations. Autumn term deals broadly with the institution of marriage and relations between partners, including definitions of the family, marriage, civil partnerships and cohabitation, domestic violence, divorce and family dispute resolution. Spring term deals with the relationship between parents, children and the state, including reproductive technology, parenthood, children’s rights, private law disputes over post-separation arrangements for children, child support, and public law provisions for the care, supervision and adoption of children


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Two hours of contact time per week which will be lectures or seminars.

Method of assessment

80% written examination; 20% coursework (presentation).

Indicative reading

A Diduck Law’s Families (Butterworth, 2003)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of the concepts, principles, policies, issues, debates and legal doctrine associated with various areas of family law
- identify the ideological and policy underpinnings of the legal rules; and to evaluate how well the policies and law work in practice
- think critically about family law: to take nothing at face value, to go beneath the surface of the law to critically analyse and evaluate it, both in oral discussion and in written assignments

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