Family law research covers a wide area and includes matrimonial and cohabitation laws, laws relating to children and parents, as well as law on inheritance and wills. Family law has a close connection to the everyday life of people. Family law research therefore needs to be conducted with a broad perspective, including not only the formal rules but also family patterns, social values and underlying ideologies, among other things.
The reality in which family law is applied has become increasingly diversified during the last decades. Changes in family patterns, family stability, views on children, the age structure of the population, the responsibilities of the welfare state, and an increased internationalisation, both of society and the law, requires a continuous adjustment of the regulation, in order to keep its functions and goals up to date.
Modern family life thus challenges the legal regulation and also affects how research is conducted. Therefore, family law is a very dynamic research field with constant social relevance.
The research in family law is carried out in close cooperation with the faculty's researchers in international private law. In addition there is a wide spectrum of national and international networks and collaborations. Through textbooks, commentaries, and participation in courses, the researchers contribute to increase the knowledge in their society about family law regulations.
Family law research at the faculty has in recent years been closely linked to changes in society and has, among other things, concerned harmonization issues in both Scandinavia and Europe, the protection of the weaker party in various family law regulations, guardianship, custody-related matters and family law issues in the wake of changes in the welfare society.