9781401848279

Family Law The Essentials

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2003-11-18
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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This is the essentials version of the market leader in family law (Statsky's Family Law, 4th, West, 1996). It is a briefer, less expensive paperback text ideal for shorter courses or for courses that supplement a paperback with state-specific material. Chapters 2-5, most of Chapter 1, all cases, appendices, and assignments that require library research have been eliminated in this version to provide concise, accurate coverage with an emphasis on practical paralegal skills and techniques. State-specific supplements are also available for Texas, New York, California, and Florida.ALSO AVAILABLECalifornia ISBN: 0-314-20594-2Florida ISBN: 0-314-20595-0New York ISBN: 0-314-20596-9Texas ISBN: 0-314-20597-7Study Guide ISBN: 0-314-20838-0INSTRUCTOR SUPPLEMENTS CALL CUSTOMER SUPPORT TO ORDERInstructors Manual(with Test Bank), ISBN: 0-314-20794-5

Table of Contents

Preface xv
Chapter 1 Introduction to Family Law and Practice
1(12)
Family Law in the Twenty-First Century
1(3)
Equality of the Sexes: The Struggle Continues
1(1)
Federalization of Family Law
2(1)
The Contract Dimension of Family Law
3(1)
Science and Law
3(1)
Emerging Recognition of Gay Rights
3(1)
The Scope of Family Law
4(3)
Paralegal Roles in Family Law
7(3)
Summary
10(1)
On the Net
11(2)
Chapter 2 Premarital Agreements and Cohabitation Agreements
13(20)
Kinds of Agreements
13(1)
Premarital Agreements
13(8)
Valid Contract
14(1)
Disclosure of Assets
15(1)
Fairness and Unconscionability
15(2)
Public Policy
17(2)
Independent Counsel
19(1)
Drafting Guidelines
19(2)
Clauses in Premarital Agreements
21(2)
Sample Premarital Agreement Clauses
21(2)
Cohabitation Agreements
23(8)
Express Contract
26(1)
Implied Contract
26(1)
Quasi Contract
26(1)
Trust
27(1)
Partnership
27(1)
Joint Venture
27(1)
Putative Spouse Doctrine
27(2)
Sample Cohabitation Agreement
29(2)
Summary
31(1)
On the Net
32(1)
Chapter 3 Traditional Marriage and Alternatives
33(30)
Legal Issues Prior to Marriage
33(4)
Breach of Promise to Marry
33(1)
Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
34(1)
Gifts
34(3)
Contracts Restraining Marriage
37(1)
Introduction to Marriage
37(1)
Am I Married?: How the Marriage Issue Is Raised
38(1)
Constitutional Limitation on Marriage Restrictions
38(1)
Ceremonial Marriage
39(2)
Covenant Marriage
41(1)
Common Law Marriage
42(4)
Conflict of Law
44(1)
Impediment Removal
45(1)
Putative Marriage
46(1)
Same-Sex Relationships
47(12)
Hawaii
50(4)
Vermont
54(4)
Lawrence v. Texas
58(1)
Summary
59(2)
On the Net
61(2)
Chapter 4 Annulment
63(24)
Annulment, Divorce, and Legal Separation
63(1)
The Void/Voidable Distinction
64(1)
Who Can Sue?
65(1)
Overview of Grounds for Annulment
65(1)
Grounds Relating to the Legal Capacity to Marry
65(6)
Prior Existing Marriage (Bigamy)
65(2)
Consanguinity and Affinity Limitations
67(1)
Nonage
68(1)
Physical Disabilities
69(2)
Homosexual "Marriages"
71(1)
Grounds Relating to the Intent to Marry
71(8)
Sham Marriages
71(2)
Mental Disabilities
73(1)
Duress
74(2)
Fraud
76(3)
Conflict of Law
79(3)
Marriage-Evasion Statutes
80(2)
Consequences of an Annulment Decree
82(3)
Legitimacy of Children from an Annulled Marriage
82(1)
Alimony and Disposition of Property Acquired before the Marriage Was Annulled
82(1)
Problems of Revival
83(1)
Custody and Child Support
83(1)
Inheritance
83(1)
Workers' Compensation Benefits
84(1)
Criminal Law Consequences
84(1)
Interspousal Immunity in Tort Actions
84(1)
Privilege for Marital Communications
84(1)
Tax Return Status
84(1)
Summary
85(1)
On the Net
86(1)
Chapter 5 Divorce Grounds and Procedure
87(36)
Historical Background
87(2)
No-Fault Grounds for Divorce
89(5)
Living Apart
89(2)
Incompatibility
91(1)
Irreconcilable Differences, Irremediable Breakdown
92(2)
Fault Grounds for Divorce
94(1)
Adultery
94(1)
Cruelty
94(1)
Desertion
95(1)
Others
95(1)
Defenses to the Fault Grounds for Divorce
95(1)
Judicial Separation
96(1)
Separate Maintenance
97(1)
Introduction to Divorce Procedure
98(2)
Domicile
100(2)
Jurisdiction
102(7)
Kinds of Jurisdiction
103(1)
Part of Divorce Decree Being Attacked
104(1)
Person Attacking Divorce Decree
105(1)
Court in Which Divorce Decree Is Being Attacked
105(1)
How Jurisdiction Is Acquired
106(1)
Jurisdictional Analysis: Examples
107(1)
Venue
108(1)
Pretrial Matters
109(4)
Pleadings
109(2)
Guardian Ad Litem
111(1)
Waiting Period
111(1)
Discovery
111(1)
Preliminary Orders
112(1)
Trial
113(1)
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
114(3)
Arbitration
114(1)
Rent-a Judge
114(1)
Mediation
115(1)
Med-Arb
115(2)
Divorce Judgment
117(2)
Enforcement of Divorce Judgment
119(2)
Civil Contempt
119(1)
Execution
119(1)
Garnishment
119(1)
Attachment
119(1)
Posting Security
120(1)
Receivership
120(1)
Constructive Trust
120(1)
Civil Unions
121(1)
Summary
121(1)
On the Net
122(1)
Chapter 6 Spousal Support, Property Division, and the Separation Agreement
123(52)
Separation Agreements and Litigation
123(1)
Negotiation Factors
124(1)
Checklists for the Preparation of a Separation Agreement
125(2)
Uncovering Financial Assets
127(11)
The Beginning of the Separation Agreement
138(3)
Public Policy and Collusion
138(2)
Capacity to Contract
140(1)
Duress and Fraud
140(1)
Consideration
141(1)
Alimony Payments and Property Division: Introduction
141(4)
Effect of Bankruptcy
142(1)
Effect of Remarriage and Death
143(1)
Availability of Contempt
144(1)
Court's Power to Modify Terms
144(1)
Federal Income Tax Treatment
144(1)
Distinguishing between Alimony and Property Division
144(1)
Alimony
145(4)
Support Provisions in a Separation Agreement
146(2)
Court-Ordered Alimony in the Absence of a Separation Agreement
148(1)
Property Division: General Principles
149(12)
Categorizing Property
149(4)
What Property Is Divided and Who Gets What?
153(2)
Dissipation
155(1)
Pensions, Degrees, and Goodwill
155(6)
Insurance
161(1)
Debts
161(1)
Taxes
162(1)
Wills
163(1)
Miscellaneous Provisions
163(1)
Legal Expenses
163(1)
Nonmolestation Clause
164(1)
Modification of the Separation Agreement
164(2)
Power to Modify
164(1)
Exercising the Power to Modify
165(1)
Arbitration and Mediation
166(1)
Reconciliation
166(2)
Sample Separation Agreements
168(4)
Summary
172(1)
On the Net
173(2)
Chapter 7 Child Custody
175(34)
Introduction
175(1)
Kinds of Custody
176(1)
Separation Agreement
177(4)
Custody
177(2)
Visitation
179(2)
Contested Custody: Introduction
181(3)
Parent vs. Parent
184(9)
Court Discretion
185(1)
Stability
185(1)
Availability
185(1)
Emotional Ties
186(1)
Legal Preferences
187(1)
Morality and Lifestyle
188(1)
Domestic Violence
188(1)
Religion
189(1)
Race
189(1)
Wishes of the Child
189(1)
Expert Witnesses
190(3)
Court Decision on Visitation
193(3)
Introduction
193(1)
Third-Party Visitation
193(2)
Supervised Visitation
195(1)
The New "Terror Weapon"
196(1)
Biological Parent vs. Psychological Parent
197(2)
Changing the Child's Surname
199(1)
Modification of the Custody Order by the State That Issued the Order
199(2)
Jurisdictional Problems and Child Snatching
201(5)
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
202(3)
Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act
205(1)
Children Abroad: Special Problems
206(1)
Summary
207(1)
On the Net
208(1)
Chapter 8 Child Support
209(26)
Introduction
209(1)
Separation Agreement
210(1)
Jurisdiction and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
211(4)
Who Pays and How Much?
215(4)
Cost of College
218(1)
The Second Family
218(1)
Modification of Child-Support Orders
219(1)
Enforcement of Child-Support Orders
220(11)
Introduction
220(5)
Civil Contempt Proceeding
225(1)
Execution
225(1)
Prosecution for Criminal Nonsupport
226(1)
Income Withholding
227(1)
New Hire Reporting
227(1)
License Denial or Revocation
228(1)
Passport Denial
228(1)
Federal Tax Refund Offset Program
228(1)
Unemployment Compensation Intercept
229(1)
Qualified Domestic Relations Order
229(1)
Qualified Medical Child Support Order
230(1)
Credit Bureau Referral (Credit Clouding)
230(1)
Financial Institution Data Match ("Freeze and Seize")
230(1)
Posting Security
230(1)
Protective Order
230(1)
Improper Enforcement
231(1)
Necessaries
232(1)
Summary
232(1)
On the Net
233(2)
Chapter 9 Tax Consequences of Separation and Divorce
235(16)
The Role of Tax Law in the Bargaining Process
235(1)
Alimony
236(6)
Deductible Alimony: The Seven Tests
237(3)
The Recapture Rule: Front Loading of Payments
240(2)
Property Division
242(3)
Tax Consequences of a Property Division
243(1)
Property Transfers Covered
244(1)
Legal and Related Fees in Obtaining a Divorce
245(1)
Innocent Spouse Relief
245(1)
Marriage Penalty
246(2)
Summary
248(1)
On the Net
249(2)
Chapter 10 The Legal Rights of Women
251(18)
The Status of Women at Common Law
251(1)
Owning and Disposing of Property
252(1)
Contracts and Conveyances
252(1)
Death of the Husband
253(1)
Dower
253(1)
Right of Election
253(1)
Name
253(1)
Credit
254(1)
Employment
255(2)
Job Discrimination
255(1)
Sexual Harassment
256(1)
Enforcement
256(1)
Sexuality and Reproductive Rights
257(3)
Contraception
258(1)
Sterilization
258(1)
Abortion
258(2)
The Battered Wife
260(4)
Marital Rape
264(1)
Client Sensitivity
264(3)
Summary
267(1)
On the Net
268(1)
Chapter 11 Illegitimacy and Paternity Proceedings
269(12)
Illegitimacy
269(3)
Inheritance
270(1)
Testate Distribution
270(1)
Support
270(1)
Wrongful Death
270(1)
Workers' Compensation
270(1)
Social Security
270(1)
Artificial Insemination
271(1)
Legitimation and Paternity
272(6)
Legitimation
272(1)
Paternity
273(5)
Summary
278(2)
On the Net
280(1)
Chapter 12 The Legal Status of Children
281(8)
Age of Majority and Emancipation
281(1)
Contracts
282(1)
Property and Earnings
283(1)
Domicile
283(1)
Estates
284(1)
Education
284(1)
Neglect and Abuse
284(3)
Delinquency
287(1)
Summary
287(1)
On the Net
288(1)
Chapter 13 Adoption
289(26)
Introduction
289(2)
Kinds of Adoption
291(2)
Agency Adoption
291(1)
Independent/Private Adoption
291(2)
Black Market Adoption
293(1)
Who May Be Adopted?
293(1)
Who May Adopt?
294(3)
Adoption Procedure
297(10)
Jurisdiction and Venue
297(1)
Petition
297(1)
Notice
298(1)
Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
299(1)
Consent
299(2)
Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
301(2)
Placement
303(1)
Can Children Divorce Their Parents?
303(1)
Challenges to the Adoption Decree
303(1)
Baby Richard
304(1)
Baby Jessica
305(1)
Putative Father Registry
305(2)
Consequences of Adoption
307(1)
Confidentiality
308(3)
Equitable Adoption
311(1)
Wrongful Adoption
311(1)
Summary
312(1)
On the Net
313(2)
Chapter 14 The New Science of Motherhood
315(16)
Introduction
315(3)
The Status of Frozen Embryos
318(2)
Stem-Cell Research
320(1)
Surrogacy Contracts
321(7)
Summary
328(2)
On the Net
330(1)
Chapter 15 Torts and Family Law
331(12)
Introduction
331(1)
Intrafamily Torts
332(1)
Wrongful Life, Birth, and Pregnancy
333(2)
Wrongful Adoption
335(1)
Consortium and Services
335(2)
Loss of Consortium
335(2)
Loss of Services
337(1)
Other Torts
337(1)
Alienation of Affections
337(1)
Criminal Conversation
337(1)
Enticement of Spouse
337(1)
Abduction or Enticement of a Child
338(1)
Seduction
338(1)
Vicarious Liability of Family Members
338(2)
Summary
340(1)
On the Net
341(2)
Glossary 343(14)
Index 357

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