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Module Title
Family Law

Husband and Wife; Parent and Child; Civil partnership;cohabitees.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2002
ApprovedDecember 2012
AmendedAugust 2013
Version No.3

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Prerequisites for Module

None, in addition to SCQF entry requirement or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide students with a working understanding of Family Law in Scotland and in particular the relationships of Husband and Wife; Civil Partnership; Cohabitees and Parent and Child.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Consider and analyse the main principles of family law.
2. Critically evaluate and analyse the legal consequences of key family law relationships such as marriage, civil partnership and parent and child.
3. Apply the understanding of the legal consequences of the key family law relationships to practical situations.

Indicative Module Content

Consideration of the features and legal consequences of marriage, matrimonial breakdown and the grounds for divorce, financial provision on divorce, cohabitation, legitimacy, parental rights and responsibilities, residence and contact, civil partnership, adoption and the key Human Rights Act 1998 implications of family law.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart Time
Online activities

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This is a lecture and tutorial based module. Lectures provide core module content. Tutorials develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3
Component 2 1,2,3

Component 2 - Examination worth 70% of the overall module grade.

Component 1 - Written coursework exercise worth 30% of the overall module grade.

Indicative Bibliography

1.CLELAND, A. and SUTHERLAND, E., 2009. Children's rights in Scotland. 3rd ed. Edinburgh: W Green.
2.CLIVE, E.M., 1999. The law of husband and wife in Scotland. 5th ed. Edinburgh: W. Green.
3.GRIFFITHS, A., 2014. Family law. Edinburgh: W. Green.
4.MAIR, J., 2016. Avizandum statutes on scots family law. 14th ed. Edinburgh: Avizandum Publishing.
5.NORRIE, K., 2009. Family law. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
6.SUTHERLAND, E., 2008. Child and family law. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark.
7.THOMSON, J.M., 2014. Family law in Scotland. 7th ed. Haywards Heath: Bloomsbury Professional.
8.WILKINSON, A.B. and NORRIE, K., 1999. The law relating to parent and child. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: W. Green.

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