Family Law Professional Certificate Program

MyCAA Course Information

Course Code: MYCAA-L-FAM
Program Duration: 6 Months
Course Level: Advanced
Mentor Supported: Yes

Course Overview

Covering these intriguing and recently developing issues, this program provides an overview of family law. Students will explore fundamental topics including marriage, divorce, annulment, property division, parenthood, adoption, custody, support, and family violence as well as emerging areas such as legal recognition of non-marital families and assisted reproductive technology. Students will study all of these points with special attention to the legal principles, ethical issues, research, interviewing, discovery, drafting, and other essential practice skills that make up the work product surrounding this field.

For those students looking toward law school or who are interested in the paralegal profession, this program offers an incredibly useful and realistic look into the actual work that lawyers and legal professionals do every day. Examining the initial organization, operation and potential dissolution of a family unit, the Family Law program addresses premarital controversies, capacity to marry and the formalities of marriage in light of the rights and duties of marital partners, various grounds for divorce, annulment and separation, spousal support and basic issues of property distribution.

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Course Description

The practice of family law examines state regulation of sexual and marital relationships, including the delicate balance of family privacy against state intervention in the marital relationship. Litigating around the institution of marriage and family that is most personal to individuals, family law brings to light a number of issues that affect peoples lives at a very deep level. Further, family law also covers principles governing child custody and visitation, child support, and the regulation of non-traditional relationships as they pose a variety of questions about what a family is under the law.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

Describe tasks paralegals perform as members of a family law team

Perform research on issues related to family law cases

Interpret the major legal issues related to premarital agreements

Interpret the major legal issues related to marriage

Interpret the major legal issues related to annulment

Interpret the major legal issues related to non-marital families

Interpret the major legal issues related to parenthood

Interpret the major legal issues related to adoption

Interpret the major legal issues related to family violence

Interpret the major legal issues related to divorce

Interpret the major legal issues related to discovery and financial statements

Interpret the major legal issues related to child custody

Interpret the major legal issues related to child support

Interpret the major legal issues related to spousal support

Interpret the major legal issues related to property division

Interpret the major legal issues related to separation agreements

Draft family law documents

Propose strategies for dealing with ethical issues that arise in family law cases

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