LAW30400 Matrimonial Law and Reliefs

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will examine Constitutional Law aspects to marriage, the family and members thereof. The module essentially involves an examination of marriage validity and the legal remedies available upon marriage breakdown. It will involve an in-depth examination of marriage validity, nullity proceedings and bars to relief. A detailed examination of judicial separation, divorce, legal separation and recognition of foreign divorces will be given. There will also be an extensive assessment of the reliefs available upon judicial separation, divorce and foreign divorce. The module has a predominantly domestic perspective but comparative elements are examined where relevant. There is also an EU perspective to the course owing to recent EU directives.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles governing each area of the module through use of appropriate legal terminology.2. Comprehend the principles of each area of the module and the difference between each area of the module.3. Provide an analysis, discussion and commentary upon each area of the module.4. Apply the principles arising from each area to novel factual scenarios.

Indicative Module Content:

Void and Voidable Marriages, Divorce, Judicial Separation and recognition of foreign divorces. Separation Agreements.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures delivered via powerpoint. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Matrimonial Law and Reliefs (LAW20050), Matrimonial Law (LAW27050)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: 2 Hour written examination. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

In class general feedback at start of Semester II and via Brightspace.

Name Role
Dr Maebh Harding Lecturer / Co-Lecturer