This course will provide an overview of contemporary family law. The course will cover constitutional questions such as the state's power over private relations, access to marriage, gender equality, and the rights of parents to raise their children. It will examine marriage, non-marital families, economic rights and obligations, intra-family violence, parenthood including adoption, surrogacy and assisted reproductive technologies, divorce, child support, child custody and visitation, child protection and foster care, dispute resolution methods, and private agreements in family law (prenuptial and separation). We will address ethical issues and the practice of family law.The course will consider the rapid trajectory of doctrinal and cultural change in modern family law and provide a foundation for understanding and participating in the ongoing evolution of the field. The course will include several practice-based exercises throughout the semester.
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