Family Law (LAW-636-001)
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Family Law encompasses the many ways that the government, through its laws and institutions, directly and indirectly structures and regulates those relationships that constitute family life. Family Law affects the lives of individuals. It shapes relationships among family members and between a family and others in society. It affects the interaction of the family with other institutions in society and within a community. It delineates the relationship of the family and its members to the state. It defines the legal significance of membership in a family. It governs and structures disputes among members of a family. It has its distinctive areas of legal practice. It sometimes operates through distinctive courts and other legal institutions. Legal regulation of the family interacts with the most fundamental aspects of culture and society and it implicates the most personal and intimate aspects of life. This course provides only an introduction to this vast and multi-faceted subject. It addresses several dimensions of what constitutes Family Law and provides an overview of the enormous scope of this complex area of law. Because Family Law rarely operates in isolation, this course will cut across other legal disciplines, including constitutional, administrative, civil, and criminal law. In addition, the course will examine how inequality, gender, race, sexual orientation and sexual identity, and disability operate within the domain of Family Law and practice.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Contemporary Family Law – Fifth Edition, by Douglas Abrams, Naomi Cahn, Catherine Ross, David Meyer and Linda McClain
First Class Readings
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