This module addresses issues relating to the marriage and divorce, the concept of the common law relationship, the welfare principle in the consideration of children, and the legal perspective on children of a union and ‘children of the family’. It explores the division of matrimonial property and marital assets. It also focuses on Domestic Violence, Separation and Mediation, care custody and control of children and the relevant pieces of legislation and common law provisions.

The module looks at the historical legal position with respect to spousal maintenance and the care of children and the paradigm shift in recent years especially with respect to the welfare of children.