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This course is divided into two principal parts. In the first part, students will be introduced to the key facets of the law governing the formation of adult relationships, including the constitution of marriage and civil partnership, legal rights and duties of spouses and civil partners, same sex marriage, the grounds for divorce and the financial aspects of breakdown of marriage and relationships of cohabitation. The second part focuses on the relationship between children and adults and the legal rights of children, including parental rights and responsibilities, court orders relating to children and the welfare principle.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
This level 2 course covers key aspects of current Scots Family Law including the creation, consequences and termination of marriage and civil partnerships under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977, Civil Partnership Act 2004 and Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 and the rights, responsibilities and obligations arising from cohabitation with particular reference to the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006. The course also covers the constitution of the parent-child relationship and various legal consequences of this relationship: parental responsibilities and rights, children's rights; child protection, taking particular account of the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011; adoption; and family mediation as an alternative mode of dispute resolution. The course will also touch on the significance of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Human Rights for Scots Family Law.
A pass in Family Law is compulsory for entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (DPLP). The Diploma is a pre-requisite for practising as a solicitor in Scotland.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
1st Attempt: 1500-word essay (25%) and two-hour exam (75%).
Resit: Assessed course work 1500-word essay (25%) and two-hour exam (75%).
Students receive written feedback on the written assessment and will have the option to go over the assessment with the Course Co-ordinator prior to the exam.