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This book is set apart by its balance between the theoretical underpinnings of family law and the processes and procedures that govern daily practice. Covering a wide range of topics, it discusses issues such as: same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships, covenant marriage, premarital agreements, parenting plans, reproductive technologies and custody battles, alternative dispute resolution and adoption. A priority is placed on the coverage of the procedural aspects of the divorce process and post-judgment matters. Filled with practical advice, it is easy to use and designed to prepare the new paralegal for the realities of family law practice. Addresses the need for a concise book that shows paralegals how to respond successfully to the numerous demands in a family law practice. Examines areas of family practice that represent a majority of a family practitioner's workload. National examples, including common law. Sample family forms are referenced throughoutand provide examples of the types of documents prepared in family law and practice. Shows how to draft typical family related pleadings such as, complaints, motions, orders, and agreements.New Paralegals.
Table of Contents
|Introduction to family law and practice||p. 1|
|Ethics in family law||p. 35|
|The client interview||p. 68|
|Premarital agreements, cohabitation, and same-sex marriage||p. 101|
|Property and debt distribution||p. 178|
|Child custody, visitation, and rights of third parties||p. 221|
|Child support||p. 265|
|Initial and responsive pleadings||p. 300|
|Pendente Lite motions and orders||p. 334|
|The discovery process in family law||p. 378|
|Separation agreements||p. 408|
|Alternative dispute resolution and the divorce trial||p. 425|
|Postjudgment divorce matters||p. 466|
|Child protection and adoption||p. 493|
|Arizona and California Premarital Agreement Acts||p. 511|
|Qualified domestic relations order (Jim Carrey)||p. 514|
|Massachusetts child support guidelines||p. 527|
|Florida Uniform Interstate Family Support Act||p. 541|
|Restraining order Roseanne Barr (formerly Roseanne Arnold)||p. 563|
|Marital settlement agreement (Madonna and Sean Penn)||p. 574|
|Connecticut Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act||p. 593|
|Guides for distance learning and legal research||p. 609|
|Answers to crossword puzzles||p. 614|
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