Family Law and Practice: The Paralegal's Guide

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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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 practicep. 1
Ethics in family lawp. 35
The client interviewp. 68
Premarital agreements, cohabitation, and same-sex marriagep. 101
Alimonyp. 139
Property and debt distributionp. 178
Child custody, visitation, and rights of third partiesp. 221
Child supportp. 265
Initial and responsive pleadingsp. 300
Pendente Lite motions and ordersp. 334
The discovery process in family lawp. 378
Separation agreementsp. 408
Alternative dispute resolution and the divorce trialp. 425
Postjudgment divorce mattersp. 466
Child protection and adoptionp. 493
Arizona and California Premarital Agreement Actsp. 511
Qualified domestic relations order (Jim Carrey)p. 514
Massachusetts child support guidelinesp. 527
Florida Uniform Interstate Family Support Actp. 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 Actp. 593
Guides for distance learning and legal researchp. 609
Answers to crossword puzzlesp. 614
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