LGL-240: Family Law

School
Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Department
Legal Studies
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Legal Studies
Course Number
240
Course Title
Family Law
Cross-Referenced Course
Credit Hours
3.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Pre-requisites
ENG-131 with a C grade or better, or Instructor permission
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the laws of divorce, beginning with the pre-commencement interview and ending with filing the final judgment. Covers the substantive and procedural laws of property division, custody, and support in a divorce action. Also examines issues of child abuse, domestic violence, adoption, and post-judgment matters such as modification and relocation.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Initial Client Interview
    • Identify legally significant issues in a divorce action by interviewing a hypothetical client.
    • Explain the legal and ethical issues surrounding the suspicion of domestic violence and child abuse.
  2. Prenuptial Agreements
    • Discuss the substantive and procedural laws of prenuptial agreements.
  3. Divorce Litigation
    • Discuss the substantive and procedural laws for initiating and answering a divorce action.
    • Discuss the substantive and procedural laws for filing ex parte and temporary orders.
    • Draft a complaint for divorce, an answer, temporary, or ex parte orders.
    • Perform family law research using computer-assisted research tools.
  4. Property Division
    • Discuss the substantive and procedural laws of property division.
    • Perform family law research using computer-assisted research tools.
  5. Support
    • Discuss the substantive and procedural laws of spousal support.
    • Discuss the substantive and procedural laws of child support.
    • Perform family law research using computer-assisted research tools.
  6. Custody and Visitation
    • Discuss the substantive and procedural laws of custody.
    • Discuss the substantive and procedural laws of parenting time and visitation.
    • Perform family law research using computer-assisted research tools.
  7. Judgment of Divorce
    • Discuss the substantive and procedural laws for resolving a divorce action by alternative dispute resolution.
    • Discuss the substantive and procedural laws for resolving a divorce action by trial.
    • Draft a judgment of divorce.
    • Perform family law research using computer-assisted research tools.
  8. Post-Judgment Issues
    • Discuss the substantive and procedural laws of post-judgment divorce issues such as modification and relocation.
    • Perform family law research using computer-assisted research tools.
  9. Adoption
    • Discuss the substantive and procedural laws of adoption.
  10. Ethics
    • Evaluate the ethical considerations and the role of the paralegal in family law.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed through quizzes, tests, in-class and out-of-class assignments, drafting assignments, and/or class participation.

Outcomes

Satisfies Wellness Requirement
No

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
10/12/2018
AALC Approval Date
01/29/2019
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
02/04/2019