This course will focus on a survey of basic family law proceedings and the nuances of the family court system. Topics include: the legal rights and duties of married couples, the laws governing divorce and maintenance, the equitable distribution of marital property, the principles guiding child custody, support and visitation, the rights of unmarried parents, the need of paternity testing, the role of surrogate parents, no-fault divorce, and the intersection of child protection law with the family law system. (3 credits)
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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Examine the foundations of family law jurisprudence
- Differentiate the judicial process of a family court case including the associated legal terms, concepts and pleadings.
- Assess the financial consequences of divorce and child custody actions including division of marital property, alimony and child support.
- Analyze the best interest of the child standard as it is applied in child custody and child protection cases
- Assess the methods used by courts to enforce and modify family court judgments and child support orders.
- Classify the roles and expectations for legal professionals working in family law.
- Appraise ethical considerations for family law legal professionals
- Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze legal issues related to family law through writing proficiencies appropriate to the college level.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Short Papers (Weeks 2 & 7)
Complaint (Week 4)
Decree (Week 5)
Motion to Modify (Week 6)
Final Exam (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Miller, Justine and Grace Luppino. Family Law and Practice. 5th ed. Prentice Hall, 2020. ISBN-10: 0-13-518631-5 or ISBN-13: 978-0-13-518631-2
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Topic: Introduction to Family Law
Topic: Financial Consequences of Divorce
Topic: Child Custody and Child Support
Topic: The Divorce Case: Initial and Â Responsive Pleadings
Topic: The Divorce Case: Discovery through Judgment
Topic: The Divorce Case: Post-Judgment Proceedings
Topic: State Interventions into the Family: Issues Related to Child Abuse and Neglect
Topic: Practical Ethical Considerations for the Family Law paralegal
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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