Law of Persons and Family Law

Course Code :1100RECPFR
Study domain:Law
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:50
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Frederik Swennen
Christel Vergauwen

3. Course contents *

First, this area of law is placed and put into perspective, vis-à-vis other areas of law and vis-à-vis other systems (economic, sociological, biological, ...).

The law of persons comprises the definition of 'person' (who is a person, from and until when) and identification thereof (names, domicile, sex). After that, the civil status of the person is treated vis-à-vis the State (nationality) and vis-à-vis himself (capacity).

Family law comprises the status of the person in certain relations with other persons. These relations can be vertical or horizontal. Vertical relations are: parentage, authority (deriving from parentage) and kinship (establishment, content and ending). They are usually based on blood ties. Horizontal relations are those between two or more persons who form a socio-economic, and therefore legal, entity. Horizontal relation comprise: marriage, registered and non-registered cohabitation of partners. Establishment, content and ending are dealt with. Nuclear family law is part of family law. Are considered as nuclear families: the horizontal relations and the vertical relations that are part of a socio-economic entity (dependent children or parents).