Family Law (LAW-636-002)
The first session will take place on Friday August 25 from 6 to 7:25 and the rest of the classes will be every Wednesday from 6 to 8:50 pm.
This class will discuss the rules and policies that affect families in the U.S. It will analyze how families have been shaped by the law, and how the law has been forced to expand its scope to accommodate families that were not originally thought to qualify as such. It will focus on families that start through marriage as well as families that are formed outside a marriage. During the semester the class will engage in discussions and group work about cohabitation, marriage, divorce, child custody and support, violence, property, and other topics.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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The text for this course is Modern Family Law: Cases and Materials (6th ed. 2016) by Weisberg and Appleton.
First Class Readings
1. W&A, xxxvii – xxxviii;
2. Jane Rutherford, Beyond Individual Privacy: A new Theory of Family Rights, 39 U. Fla. L. Rev. 627 1987, pp. 627-639 (before letter B “Fostering Divisiveness”); 652 (only VII. conclusions).
1. W&A 2 – 22. Cases covered: Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), Meyer v. Nebraska (1923) Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972), Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925), before N.2)
Be prepared to discuss questions in page 10.
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