Fall 2012 Class Descriptions
As of 9/16/2014 4:12:22 AM
Legal regulation of intimate and personal relationships and activities has undergone a great deal of change in the past four decades. In this course we will examine evolving doctrines underlying state regulation of the creation, management and dissolution of family relationships, and of related rights and obligations of the individual. We will pay particular attention to constitutional principles that circumscribe the states power and role in this area. We will explore how the meaning of family is shaped and contested, and how fundamental perceptions involving gender, religion, sexual orientation, class, etc., are reinforced or challenged, by the law of family relations. Topics to be covered include procreation and parenting, birth control and abortion, marriage and divorce, the rights of children, and new reproductive technologies.
Family Law: Domestic Relations
This course covers the central issues in the practice of domestic relations law, including marriage (the law of the intact marriage and consequences of marital status), divorce, property division on divorce, valuation, alimony, Federal tax consequences, child custody, visitation, child support and enforcement, postjudgment modification of custody and relocation, divorce jurisdiction, and private agreements in family law (prenuptial and separation).