Section Description Provided by Instructor
This course examines the evolution of legal policy toward the family in response to important social changes in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. These changes, which have shaped modern family law, include evolving gender roles in families and in society, the redefinition (and declining importance) of marriage, the expansion of non-marital families, and the increasingly effective advocacy by gays and lesbians for legal recognition of their family relationships. Against this backdrop, the course will focus on the legal regulation of marriage and other intimate adult relationships, and of the parent-child relationship. Substantial time will be devoted to premarital agreements, the meaning of marriage and marriage regulation, including the movement toward recognition of same sex marriage, divorce grounds, child custody, economic aspects of marriage dissolution (including spousal support and division of property by courts as well as private ordering through contracts), child support, the establishment and termination of non-marital relationships, establishing parenthood, and adoption.
MTW 2:50 –4:10 p.m.
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit