Course Number & Name:  PLS 220 Family Law

Credit Hours:   3.0            Contact Hours:   3.0         Lecture:   3.0      Lab:   N/A            Other:   N/A

Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or better in ENG 101
Concurrent Courses: Grade of “C” or better in PLS 101 

Course Description: This course examines substantive and procedural laws and rules pertaining to marriage, dissolution of marriage civil unions, annulment, alimony, domestic partnerships, spousal abuse, legitimacy, adoption, surrogacy, child abuse, child abduction, child support, visitation and custody, separation agreements, surrogate motherhood, and custody issues.  The course examines in detail the Code of Professional Ethics and other related standards of proper conduct.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. discuss and examine codes of professional conduct;
  2. identify, describe, and explain the legality of marriage from common law to present;
  3. identify, describe, and explain the substantive and procedural requirements of premarital agreements;
  4. identify, describe, and explain the legal consequences and remedies of domestic violence;
  5. identify, describe, and analyze the legal ground for divorce, annulment, and legal separation;
  6. identify, describe, and explain the legal grounds and standards for child custody;
  7. identify, define, and analyze the legal requirements, measurements, and calculation of child support;
  8. identify, describe, and explain spousal support;
  9. identify, describe, and explain marital property distribution in terms of equitable and community property states;
  10. identify, describe, and analyze issues of jurisdiction;
  11. identify, describe, and analyze the legal, procedural and practical consideration of the divorce process;
  12. identify and describe paternity issues;
  13. identify, define, describe, and explain legal and procedural elements of child abuse and neglect; and
  14. identify and explain the law of adoption


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