LW5617 - Family Law in Hong Kong

Offering Academic Unit
School of Law
Credit Units
Course Duration
One semester
Equivalent Course(s)


Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2018/19

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to acquaint students with the law relating to marriage, nullity, separation, divorce, children and other ancillary matters such as financial orders to be made on separation and divorce and to examine the application of the law and practice. This will cover the general principles on nullity, judicial separation and divorce, financial orders and issues of custody, care and control and access of children of the family. There will be discussion on reform on child custody and access. It will look at the application for avoidance of disposition of family assets, injunction against taking children out of the jurisdiction, wardship proceedings and Hague Convention against abduction of children. Students will be introduced to the law against domestic violence and the related application for injunction against non-molestation and ouster order. Different approaches of the Alternative Dispute Resolution in resolving family problems will be explained and taught by way of introduction to the students. Topics covered include: Marriage and divorce; Financial provision and property adjustment; Children; Protection from molestation and violence; Alternative dispute resolution in divorce.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%
Examination Duration: 2 or 3 hours
Detailed Course Information


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