Family and Child Law

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Family and Child Law

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Substantial and successful prior study of law

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module will be of interest to students who wish to study how the law regulate family
    life and how effective it is in doing so. The main features of this module are coverage of
    the formation and termination of marriage and civil partnership; how occupation and
    ownership of the family home is regulated and how effective these remedies are in cases
    of domestic violence; the law?s approach to finance and property division on divorce and
    maintenance for children comparing this approach with the regulation of cohabitation.

    The module then goes on to consider legal parentage and parenthood, parental
    responsibility and the regulation of disputes between parents about their children.

    Finally, local authority provision for vulnerable children and those who are experiencing
    harm in their families is considered and adoption as a solution for children who cannot
    live with their birth families will be covered. This module aims to consider the law in
    context of social policy as a means to encourage desired types of family behaviour.

    Topics covered include:

    Autumn Semester:
    ? Introduction and definition of family
    ? Marriage and civil partnership
    ? The law of nullity
    ? Cohabitation
    ? Divorce and Dissolution
    ? Finance and Property on Divorce
    ? Child Support
    ? Domestic Violence

    Spring Semester:
    ? Who are a child's parents?
    ? Parental responsibility: meaning, allocation and acquisition
    ? The exercise of parental responsibility and its limits
    ? Private law disputes: s. 8 orders under the Children Act 1989
    ? Children Local Authorities and the courts 1 - assistance, accommodation and
    ? Children Local Authorities and the courts 2 - care proceedings and removal of
    ? Children, vulnerable adults and the courts hearing their voices
    ? Adoption, special guardianship and long-term options for children

    Teaching: 2-hour lectures and 1-hour seminars

    ? Two and a half hour Exam (60%)
    ? Coursework (40%): 2500 words
    STUDY OPTION 2: Alternative assessment (tbc)
    STUDY OPTION 3: Individual Assignment 2500 words

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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