Family Law

Course Info:

Course Introduction

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.

Course Prerequisites

Introduction to the Legal System and Civil Litigation or equivalent knowledge and experience.

Course Notes

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.

Course Breakdown

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

  • Program: Legal Programs

  • Of interest to: Individuals interested in pursuing a career in a law firm, or legal office, and who wish to broaden their knowledge of family law.

  • Course aim: To familiarize the student with family law.

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