9780735524439

Family Law for Paralegals

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  • ISBN13:

    9780735524439

  • ISBN10:

    0735524432

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-02-01
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
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FAMILY LAW FOR PARALEGALS, Second Edition, helps you train your students for their future professional roles.

Table of Contents

List of Exhibitsp. xi
Prefacep. xxvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxix
Marriagep. 1
Marriage: Regulating the Relationshipp. 1
Common Law Originsp. 1
The Civil Law Traditionp. 3
The Married Women's Property Actsp. 3
The Move to Legal Equalityp. 5
Entrance Into Marriage: Choosing a Spousep. 7
Marriage as a Fundamental Rightp. 7
Restrictions upon Entry into Marriagep. 8
Marriage Formalitiesp. 18
Procedural Requirementsp. 18
Consequences of Failure to Comply with Technical Requirementsp. 20
Common Law Marriagep. 21
Formation Requirements and Consequencesp. 21
Interstate Recognitionp. 22
Saving Devicesp. 23
Chapter Summaryp. 23
Key Termsp. 24
Review Questionsp. 24
Discussion Questionsp. 25
Assignmentsp. 26
Cases for Analysisp. 26
Endnotesp. 37
Premarital Agreementsp. 39
The Traditional Approachp. 39
The Growing Acceptance of Premarital Agreementsp. 41
Legal Requirementsp. 42
Threshold Considerationsp. 42
The Fairness Requirementp. 42
Sample Agreement with Explanatory Notes and Drafting Considerationsp. 50
Chapter Summaryp. 56
Key Termsp. 57
Review Questionsp. 57
Discussion Questionsp. 58
Assignmentsp. 58
Cases for Analysisp. 59
Endnotesp. 68
Legal Recognition of Nonmarital Familiesp. 69
The Rights of Cohabiting Couplesp. 72
The Traditional Response: Beyond the Pale of the Lawp. 72
The Marvin Decisionp. 73
Comment on the Availability of Other Documents to Establish Rights Between Unmarried Partnersp. 78
Sample Cohabitation Agreement with Explanatory Textp. 78
Domestic Partnership Initiativesp. 84
Qualifications and Registration Requirementsp. 84
Eligibility for Benefitsp. 85
Beyond Tangible Benefits: Conferring a Statusp. 87
Looking at the Debatep. 88
The Functional Family Approachp. 89
The Braschi Casep. 89
The Significance of the Decisionp. 90
Adult Adoptionp. 91
Chapter Summaryp. 92
Key Termsp. 93
Review Questionsp. 93
Discussion Questionsp. 94
Assignmentsp. 95
Cases for Analysisp. 96
Endnotesp. 109
Domestic Violencep. 111
The Traditional Approachp. 111
Early Reform Impulsesp. 113
The Present Legal Approach to Domestic Violencep. 114
Obtaining Civil Orders of Protection Under Abuse Prevention Lawsp. 115
Qualifying Relationshipsp. 116
Covered Conductp. 119
Available Remediesp. 120
Court Procedure: Obtaining Protective Ordersp. 124
Enforcementp. 128
The Federal Response to Domestic Violence: The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)p. 133
Working with Victims of Domestic Violencep. 134
Chapter Summaryp. 135
Key Termsp. 136
Review Questionsp. 136
Discussion Questionsp. 138
Assignmentsp. 138
Cases for Analysisp. 139
Endnotesp. 146
The Law of Divorce, Annulment, and Legal Separationp. 149
Historical Overviewp. 149
Religious Underpinningsp. 150
The American Experiencep. 151
Fault Divorce: Common Grounds and Defensesp. 153
Divorce Groundsp. 153
Defensesp. 155
No-Fault Divorcep. 157
The Underpinnings of Reformp. 157
No-Fault Lawsp. 158
The Divorce "Counter Revolution"p. 160
The Law of Annulmentp. 164
Distinguished from Divorcep. 164
Groundsp. 165
Consequences of an Annulment Decreep. 166
Legal Separationp. 168
Chapter Summaryp. 169
Key Termsp. 170
Review Questionsp. 171
Discussion Questionsp. 172
Assignmentsp. 172
Cases for Analysisp. 173
Endnotesp. 180
Child Custodyp. 183
Evolving Legal Standardsp. 183
Paternal Preferencep. 183
The Shift to Maternal Custodyp. 184
The Modern Best Interest Testp. 185
The Primary Caretaker Presumptionp. 197
Allocation of Custodial Rights and Responsibilitiesp. 199
Physical and Legal Custody Distinguishedp. 200
Sole and Joint Custody Distinguishedp. 200
Taking a Closer Look at Custodial Arrangementsp. 201
Parenting Plans and Educationp. 202
The Joint Custody Controversyp. 203
The Noncustodial Parentp. 205
The Legal Status of a Noncustodial Parentp. 205
Visitation Rightsp. 206
Interview Checklistp. 206
Post-Divorce Custody and Visitation Disputesp. 210
Disputes About Custodyp. 211
Disputes About Visitationp. 211
Relocation Disputesp. 212
Determining Custodial and Visitation Rights of "Nonparents"p. 213
Grandparentsp. 214
Stepparentsp. 216
Co-Parentsp. 218
Chapter Summaryp. 220
Key Termsp. 221
Review Questionsp. 221
Discussion Questionsp. 223
Assignmentsp. 224
Cases for Analysisp. 225
Endnotesp. 246
Child Supportp. 249
Historical Overviewp. 250
The Administrative Framework for the Establishment and Enforcement of Child Support Ordersp. 251
The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcementp. 251
At the State Level: The IV-D Agencyp. 251
Eligibility for IV-D Servicesp. 251
Locating Absent Parentsp. 252
Child Support Guidelinesp. 253
Enforcing the Support Obligationp. 270
Data Collection and Sharingp. 271
Interstate Casesp. 274
The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) and the Full Faith and Credit for Child Support Orders Act (FFCCSOA)p. 275
Enforcement Under State Law Proceduresp. 276
Criminal Nonsupportp. 276
Contemptp. 277
Modification and Adjustment of Support Awardsp. 277
Modification Based on Changed Circumstancesp. 278
The Review and Adjustment Procedurep. 279
Duration of the Parental Support Obligationp. 279
Termination of Support Prior to Majorityp. 280
Extension of Support Beyond Majorityp. 281
Tax Implicationsp. 282
Characterization of Child Support Paymentsp. 282
The Dependency Exemption and Child Tax Creditp. 283
Chapter Summaryp. 284
Key Termsp. 285
Review Questionsp. 285
Discussion Questionsp. 287
Assignmentsp. 288
Cases for Analysisp. 290
Endnotesp. 296
Spousal Supportp. 299
Historical Overviewp. 299
English Roots: Alimony and Faultp. 299
Alimony on the Eve of the No-Fault Reform Erap. 300
Impact of No-Fault Reformp. 301
Property Division as the Primary Distributive Eventp. 301
Shifting the Focus from Moral to Economic Considerationsp. 301
Degendering the Support Obligationp. 302
Shifting from an Assumption of Female Economic Dependence to an Assumption of Economic Self-Sufficiencyp. 302
Critique of the "Clean Break" Approachp. 302
Support Determinationsp. 304
Factors to Be Consideredp. 304
Interview Checklistp. 306
Support Modelsp. 307
The Professional Degree Casesp. 309
The Availability of Medical Insurancep. 313
Post-Divorce Modification and Termination of Supportp. 313
The General Conceptp. 313
Modifiability of Specific Types of Supportp. 314
Specific Situationsp. 315
Agreement of the Parties to Prohibit Modificationp. 317
Enforcement of Support Awardsp. 317
Bankruptcy and the Support Obligationp. 318
Tax Consequencesp. 319
The Basic Rule of Includibility/Deductibilityp. 319
Chapter Summaryp. 321
Key Termsp. 322
Review Questionsp. 322
Discussion Questionsp. 324
Assignmentsp. 324
Cases for Analysisp. 326
Endnotesp. 334
Division of Marital Propertyp. 337
Overview of the Two Marital Property Systemsp. 337
The Community Property Approachp. 337
The Common Law Approachp. 339
The Property Distribution Processp. 341
Defining Propertyp. 342
Classification of Propertyp. 345
Valuationp. 351
Distributionp. 353
Tax Consequencesp. 358
Chapter Summaryp. 359
Key Termsp. 359
Review Questionsp. 360
Discussion Questionsp. 362
Assignmentsp. 363
Cases for Analysisp. 365
Endnotesp. 373
Jurisdictionp. 375
Overview of Subject Matter and Personal Jurisdictionp. 375
Subject Matter Jurisdictionp. 375
Personal Jurisdictionp. 376
Jurisdiction and the Divorce Actionp. 377
Does the Court Have Jurisdiction to Dissolve the Marriage?p. 377
Does the Court Have Jurisdiction to Award Support?p. 378
Does the Court Have Jurisdiction to Divide Property?p. 379
Does the Court Have Jurisdiction to Determine Custody?p. 380
Chapter Summaryp. 384
Key Termsp. 385
Review Questionsp. 386
Discussion Questionsp. 387
Assignmentsp. 387
Cases for Analysisp. 388
Endnotesp. 397
The Divorce Processp. 399
The Initial Client Interviewp. 399
The Emotional Contextp. 400
Conducting the Client Interviewp. 400
The Divorce Action: Initial Steps and Discoveryp. 410
The Initial Stepsp. 410
Discoveryp. 427
The Middle Phase: Moving Toward Resolution or Trialp. 448
Motions for Temporary Reliefp. 449
Approaches to Dispute Resolutionp. 457
Reaching a Resolution: The Separation Agreementp. 463
The Divorce Hearingp. 479
The Uncontested Casep. 481
The Contested Casep. 482
Post-Divorce Proceedingsp. 484
Post-Trial Motionsp. 484
Appealsp. 485
The Complaint for Modificationp. 487
The Complaint for Contemptp. 490
Chapter Summaryp. 490
Key Termsp. 493
Review Questionsp. 494
Discussion Questionsp. 497
Assignmentsp. 498
Endnotesp. 501
Children of Unmarried Parentsp. 503
The Emerging Legal Status of Children of Unmarried Parentsp. 503
Common Law Status: A Child of No Onep. 503
Early American Reform Effortsp. 504
Constitutional Developmentsp. 505
Establishing Paternityp. 512
Paternity and Legitimation Distinguishedp. 512
The Adjudication of Paternityp. 512
Following the Determination of Paternityp. 518
Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternityp. 518
Paternity Claims Involving Sperm Donorsp. 521
Sperm Donation and the Married Couplep. 521
Sperm Donation and the Unmarried Womanp. 522
Chapter Summaryp. 523
Key Termsp. 524
Review Questionsp. 524
Discussion Questionsp. 524
Assignmentsp. 526
Cases for Analysisp. 527
Endnotesp. 537
Child Abuse and Neglectp. 541
Historical Overviewp. 542
The Colonial Periodp. 542
The Emergence of the Privatized Familyp. 543
Child Rescue: Preventing Curelty to Childrenp. 543
The Child Protective Systemp. 545
Defining Abuse and Neglectp. 546
The Reporting of Suspected Abuse or Neglectp. 550
Screening and Investigationp. 551
Substantiated Cases: Federal Law and the "Reasonable Efforts" Requirementp. 552
Removal of a Childp. 554
Chapter Summaryp. 556
Key Termsp. 557
Review Questionsp. 557
Discussion Questionsp. 559
Assignmentsp. 560
Cases for Analysisp. 561
Endnotesp. 572
Adoptionp. 575
Historical Overviewp. 575
The Distinction Between Agency and Independent Adoptionsp. 577
Agency Adoptionsp. 577
Independent Adoptionsp. 578
The Adoption Processp. 579
Adoption Based on Parental Consent or Relinquishmentp. 579
Adoption Based on the Involuntary Termination of Parental Rightsp. 582
The Adoption Placementp. 583
The Adoptionp. 586
The Changing Nature of Adoption: Open Adoption and Access to Adoption Recordsp. 587
Open Adoptionp. 588
Access to Adoption Recordsp. 588
Adoption in Specific Situationsp. 589
Stepparent Adoptionsp. 590
Same-Sex Couples and Second-Parent Adoptionsp. 591
Adoption and Unwed Fathersp. 592
Transracial Adoptionp. 596
Adoption Abrogation and the Tort of Wrongful Adoptionp. 598
Chapter Summaryp. 599
Key Termsp. 600
Review Questionsp. 601
Discussion Questionsp. 603
Assignmentsp. 604
Cases for Analysisp. 605
Endnotesp. 613
Glossaryp. 617
Indexp. 637
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