Singapore University of Social Sciences

Family Law and Family Dispute Resolution - 1

Family Law and Family Dispute Resolution - 1 (LAW313)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Legal

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Law


LAW313 Family Law and Family Dispute Resolution - 1 introduces students to family law in Singapore, and in particular to the provisions of the Women’s Charter. Students will learn the laws governing the formation of marriage and dissolution of marriage, and also the rules governing the adoption of children. LAW315 Family Law and Family Dispute Resolution – 2 is a companion course and a co-requisite in the first instance. This subject looks more at the procedural aspects of family practice, the rules and procedures involved in the family dispute resolution. In this way, the students will approach these subjects not as separate subjects to be studied at various stages of their training, but, will approach the subjects in an applied context where the student has to marry book learning with court rules and practice in order to arrive at a solution to a client’s problems.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 10
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Formation of Marriage: Parts III & IV Women’s Charter and Chapter 6 of Part X Women’s Charter
  • Husband and Wife Relationship: Part VI Women’s Charter and the Family Justice Act and the Family Justice Rules (FJR) (Part 3)
  • Family Violence: Part VII Women’s Charter
  • Parents, Parenting & Children
  • Guardianship & Custody of Children; Part VIII Women’s Charter and Parts 4 & 8 FJR
  • Legitimacy of Children and Adoption; Adoption of Children Act (Cap 4), Legitimacy Act (Cap 162) and Parts 6 – 8 and 12 FJR
  • Maintenance of Wife and Children during Marriage; Part VIII & IX Women’s Charter and Maintenance of Parents Act (Cap 167B)
  • Property of Spouses during Marriage
  • Separation, Nullity & Divorce: Part X Women’s Charter
  • Custody and Care of Children Upon Divorce
  • Division of Matrimonial Assets I: General Principles
  • Division of Matrimonial Assets II: Definition of Matrimonial Assets and the Just and Equitable Proportions Principle
  • Maintenance of Former Spouse

Learning Outcome

  • Indicate the various sources of the relevant law, how it is made and developed; of the institutions within which that law is administered and the personnel who practice law
  • Demonstrate understanding of legal concepts, values, principles and procedures of Singapore law and explain the relationship between them in a number of subject areas, as well as to apply them
  • Analyse fact patterns to identify relevant issues of law, fact and procedure.
  • Interpret the relevant rule of substantive law, procedure or evidence relevant to the issues identified
  • Apply the relevant laws and principles to come to a conclusion on the issues
  • Formulate an opinion, provide a solution and advise based on the conclusions
  • Discuss critically, competing arguments in literature or in a group situation and make a reasoned choice between alternatives
  • Examine ideas, concepts and arguments in the English language and legal terminology with care and accuracy
  • Employ information technology in an office environment for the search for information, the preparation of documents and presentations
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