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Fall 2018

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PLG231 - Family Law

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the laws of marriage, separation, annulment, divorce, paternity and adoption, with special attention given to spousal support, property distribution, child support, child custody and visitation. Emphasizes document preparation and court procedures. Prerequisite: PLG 114 or consent of the program director.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the substantive laws of marriage.
2. List and explain five (5) legal grounds for separation.
3. List and explain five (5) legal grounds for annulment.
4. List and explain seven (7) legal grounds for divorce.*
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the law of equitable distribution, i.e., property settlement of marital property, and spousal maintenance.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the laws affecting child custody, child support and visitation.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the Family Court Act and its procedures regarding paternity and adoption.
8. Apply the Code of Professional Responsibility to a legal problem.
9. Draft a complaint sounding in divorce.*
10. Draft an affidavit in support of a motion for pendente lite relief.
11. Demonstrate an understanding of the court procedures and documentation required for obtaining a divorce.
12. Identify and explain the "tender years" doctrine and the "best interest of the child" doctrine.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
Working in Family Law
Marriage and Annulment
Custody and Visitation
Property Division
Non-Marital Children
Family Offenses
Child Protection

Effective Term: Fall 2013