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Adult Relations


Module description

Adult relations is a dynamic subject that directly or indirectly impacts on all our lives. In this module we ask:

  • What is a family?
  • What personal/private relationships should the state recognise (and why?)

In answering these questions we will look at controversial debates about shifting definitions of marriage; how the law should treat divorcing or separating couples; the rationale for treating married couples differently from those that cohabit, domestic violence, and familial disputes arising on death.

You will achieve not only a sound knowledge of the legal framework governing the family but also a good grasp of the sociological context in which the legal questions arise. We will focus on what happens in practice as well as what should happen in theory.

Indicative syllabus

  • The family
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Forced marriage
  • Divorce and dissolution
  • Financial consequences of relationship breakdown
  • Inheritance disputes