Name of Course Family Law I (Non-Muslim Marriage)
Course Code LAC3112
Rational for the Inclusion of the Course in the Programme To make the students understand the legal concept of marriage and divorce for non-Muslims under the Legal Reform Act (LRA) 1976.
Semester and Year offered Semester 5 (Year 3)
Student Learning Time

Face to face Independent learning Formal Assessment Total
Teacher centered Student Centered Learning Non face to face Revision Assessment Preparation Continuous Assessment Final Exam
Lecture T O
28 14 5 8 28 4 2 3 92
Credit Value 2 (92 / 40 = 2.3)
Pre-requisite (if any) None
Learning outcomes At the end of semester, students will be able to:

(a)   explain the laws on marriage and divorce in Malaysia (LO1-K3) ;

(b)   analyze relevant cases or issues related on marriage and divorce for non-Muslims (LO5-TS3); and

(c)   determine and report relevant issues of non-Muslim marriages and divorce (LO9-LS3)

Transferable skills The students should be able to develop good written and interpersonal communication, team work and leadership, problem solving through a process of lectures and tutorials.
Teaching-Learning and Assessment Strategy Teaching-learning strategy:

The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, exercises, group work, using authentic materials, informal activities and various references. Practical experience and collaborative teamwork will be fostered throughout the course. The use of examination and internal reporting assessment will assess the student’s ability to apply theoretical concepts in context.

Assessment strategy:

•          Formative

•          Summative

Synopsis This course exposes students to the family law enforceable upon non-Muslims in Malaysia under the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976. The subject includes domicile and its importance, marriage contract, breaches of promise to marry, customary marriage, multi religious marriages, divorce procedure and judicial separation. It will also expose the students to the effects of marriage, such as, custody of children, maintenance and other financial rights during the marriage and the legitimacy of children.
Mode of Delivery Lecture, tutorial, class discussion, mini seminar or presentation.
Assessment Methods and Types
No. Item Percentage
1. Continuous Assessment 40%
2. Final examination 60%
Total: 100%
Mapping of the Course Learning Outcome/Module to the Programme Learning Outcomes Refer to attachment
Content Outline and the SLT per Topic

Week Topic
1 Introduction
2 Domicile and Residence
3-4 Betrothal – Marriages
5-6 Nullity of Marriages –
7-9 Divorce
10-11 Legitimacy Adoption under LRA 1976
12 Custody and Guardianship
13 Maintenance
14 Matrimonial Property

*Note: Total = 92 hours

Main references 1.     Ahmad Ibrahim. 2001. Family Law in Malaysia. 3rd Ed. Kuala Lumpur: Malayan Law Journal Snd Bhd

2.     Mimi Kamariah Majid.1999. Family Law in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Malayan Law Journal Snd Bhd


 1.     Law Reform Act 1976

2.     Civil Law Act 1956

3.     The Guardianship of Infants Act 1961

Related cases

Additional References 1.   Zaleha Kamarudin. 1998. Introduction to Divorce Laws in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur. International Islamic University Press

2.   Ahmad Ibrahim. 1984. Family Law in Malaysia and Singapore.Singapore:Malayan Law Journal PTE. Ltd.