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LS2526: FAMILY LAW (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Ilona Cairns

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • LS1025 Legal System (Studied)
  • Either Law (LS) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX)
  • One of Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

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.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

2x Multiple choice exam 30% each

1000 words essay 40%


Resit: resubmission of failed element


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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