This course will provide an overview of contemporary family law, including the status and conditions of practicing contemporary family law. The course will cover constitutional principles that circumscribe the state's power over private relations, marriage including same sex marriage, economic rights and obligations, non-marital families, parenthood including adoption, surrogacy and assisted reproductive technologies, divorce, division of property on divorce, child support, child custody and visitation, child protection and foster care, juvenile justice, dispute resolution methods, and private agreements in family law (prenuptial and separation) and family law jurisdiction. The course will communicate 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.
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