This course introduces the student to the substantive and procedure law of separation and divorce, including discussions on dissolution of marriage, spousal and child support, custody and access, common-law relationships, and definition of spouse, property rights, and financial disclosure. The course examines matrimonial property rights, financial statements, procedure on a property claim, separation agreements, enforcement of orders, and variation and indexing of orders. In addition to learning substantive law and theory, students work on practical skills that law clerks require when working in a family law practice, including the preparation of relevant family law documents.
Introduction to the Legal System and Civil Litigation or equivalent knowledge and experience.
Students enrolled in this course receive text and/or other related resource materials. There are two assignments and three tests to evaluate student progress for this course. Participants who receive 70% or higher overall will receive a certificate.
Module 1: Overview of a Marriage Breakdown
Module 2: The History of Family Law
Module 3: Dissolution of Marriage
Module 4: Custody and Access
Module 5: Child and Spousal Support
Module 6: Property Rights
Module 7: The Separation Agreement; Disclosing and Collecting Information
Module 8: The Family Law Court
Module 9: Property Claims and Support and Custody
Module 10: Endorsement of Orders and Agreements
Module 11: Variations; Indexing of Orders and Same-Sex Couples