Spring 2021 Course Schedule

Family Law (LAW-636-002)
Margaret Johnson

Meets: 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM ( T, TH)

Enrolled: 24 / Limit: 65

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This course will explore legal issues relating to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of family relationships. These issues include state and federal regulation of marriage and nonmarital cohabitation; legal, social, and economic consequences of marriage and divorce; parentage, custody, and support of children; domestic violence; and the processes for resolving family disputes. The course includes related constitutional issues and the impact of gender and race on family law.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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1. Douglas E. Abrams, Naomi R. Cahn, Catherine J. Ross, David D. Meyer, and Linda C. McClain, Contemporary Family Law (5th Ed. West Academic 2019) (ISBN 978-1640205918) 2. Canvas. Each student is required to register for the course’s Canvas course site. All reading assignments are in the Contemporary Family Law casebook, except where supplemental reading is noted.

First Class Readings

Please find a PDF of Chapter One of the assigned casebook in the Syllabus section of this webpage. Use this PDF to read your first week's assignments (check the syllabus for exact page numbers assigned) if you do not yet have the casebook.


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