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 status of civil unions. (3 credits)
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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Apply the foundations of current family law and the ethical considerations of the family law paralegal.
- Describe the judicial process of a family court case and define associated legal terms and concepts.
- Write all necessary documents to initiate a divorce action and modify a family court judgment.
- Analyze the best interest of the child standard and articulate how the standard influences child custody cases.
Analyze the financial consequences of divorce, including property distribution and alimony.
- Identify the rationale for the courts’ use of the child support guidelines and describe the child support award process.
- Describe the paralegal’s role in preparing for and presenting a family court case.
- Assess effective methods to enforce and modify family court judgments and child support orders.
- Identify factors that contribute to child abuse and neglect and describe state interventions to protect children.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
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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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