Checking date: 15/03/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Matrimonial causes law
Bachelor in Law (Plan: 397 - Estudio: 206)

Coordinating teacher: MOTILLA DE LA CALLE, AGUSTIN

Department assigned to the subject: International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Previous knowledge on Civil Family Law.
The student will learn about the reality of Family Law, especially where it is concerned with matrimonial crisis: separation, annulment and dissolution. At the same time, the aim is to help the student reach a reasonable level of knowledge of the discipline, as well as acquiring the capacity to use the necessary theoretical and practical instruments for the resolution of matrimonial conflicts. The programme covers both civil and religious marriages with civil effects in Spain.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
- Spanish marriage system: Constitution, Civil Code and Agreements with religious denominations. - Civil Marriage: concept; celebration forms; legal capacity; consent to marriage; personal and patrimonial effects (matrimonial property systems; rules about the end of the common property); separation, nullity and divorce; matrimonial causes; settlement agreement and judicial decree. - Civil effects of religious marriage: religious wedding ceremonies recognized by Civil Law: a) Protestant, hebrew and muslim marriage ceremonies. b) Catholic marriage: concept; the canonical form; legal capacity; consent to marriage; court proceedings; the recognition of civil effects to decisions of ecclesiastical tribunals declaring nullity and disolution of marriage.
Learning activities and methodology
Students must resolve properly practical exercises about civil praxis -preparing separation or divorce petitions and mutual agreements on separation or divorce causes, etc.- or canonical praxis -resolving fiction cases about marriage nullity or dissolution "super rato", preparing canonical trials on this issues, etc-. They must write down their answers and submit them to the teacher through Aula Global; or some basic questions about the practice will be asked in class. Then, the case will be bring up for discussion in the classroom, where the students will explain their position about it, debating with the guide of the teacher. Tutorials may be individual or collective. The course's tutorial hours will be posted on Aula Global.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • BERNARDEZ CANTON. Curso de Derecho Matrimonial Canónico. Tecnos. . 1998.
  • BLASCO GASCÓ. Instituciones de Derecho Civil. Derecho de familia. Tirant lo Blanch. Última edición
  • DIEZ PICAZO - GULLÓN. Sistema de Derecho Civil Español. Tecnos. Última edición
  • DOE. Marriage in Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Law. Centre for Law and Religion. 2009
  • GARCÍA GÁRATE. matrimonio y libertad religiosa. Dykinson. 2018
  • LASARTE ÁLVAREZ. Principios de Derecho Civil. Tomo V. Trivium. Última edición
  • PEÑA. Derecho de Familia. Universidad Complutense. Última edición
  • WITTE. law and Protestantism: the legal teachings of protestant reformation. Cambridge U.P.. 2002
Additional Bibliography
  • ALBADALEJO. Derecho Civil. Tomo I, vols. 1 y 2. Bosch. Última edición
  • CASTÁN TOBEÑAS. Derecho Civil Español, común y foral. Tomo I, vols. 1 y 2. Reus. ültima edición
  • DOE, Norman. Law and Religion in Europe. Oxford University Press. 2011
  • GAUDEMET. El matrimonio en Occidente. Civitas. 1993
  • LACRUZ BERDEJO. Elementos de Derecho Civil. Tomo I y IV. Bosch. ültima edición
  • LACRUZ BERDEJO. Elementos de Derecho Civil, IV. Bosch. Ultima edición
  • LACRUZ BERDEJO. Elementos de Derecho Civil. Tomo I y IV. Bosch. ültima edición
  • LASARTE ALVAREZ. Principios de Derecho Civil. Tomo 5. Trivium. Ultima edición
  • LOPEZ ALARCON-NAVARRO VALLS. Curso de Derecho Matrimonial Canónico y Concordado,. Tecnos. 2001
  • LÓPEZ MONTES. Derecho de Familia. Tirant lo Blanch. Ultima edición
  • MARTIN DE AGAR. Introducción al Derecho Canónico. Tecnos. 2001
  • SOUTO. Derecho matrimonial. Marcial Pons. 1999

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.