Family Law for Paralegals (Aspen Paralegal) (Paperback)

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The Eighth Edition of Family Law for Paralegals continues to provide complete coverage of traditional family law topics with historical context and dynamic cutting-edge issues--such as non-marital families, child abuse and neglect, and same-sex marriage. J. Shoshanna Ehrlich's balanced approach prepares students to handle the work of a paralegal through examples, assignments, and sample forms that mirror legal practice.

New to the Eighth Edition:

Meticulously updated with new cases and developments in the law throughout the book, including new material on:

  • Marriage (Ch. 1) includes new sections on:
    • The retroactive application of Obergefell v. Hodges to backdate marriages of same-sex couple to when they would have married had it been allowed
    • The debate over whether merchants can refuse to provide wedding-related services and goods to same-sex couples based on religious objections
    • Whether the marriage consent age should be raised to protect minors from being forced into marriage against their will.
  • Domestic Violence (Ch. 3) now covers:
    • The use of electronic monitoring in domestic violence cases
    • The possibility of allowing minors who are being forced into marriage to obtain civil orders of protection.
    • Employer-initiated restraining orders
  • Children coverage expanded to include:
    • In Chapter 5, new sections on the appointment of attorneys to represent children in contested custody disputes and considerations of parental disability in best interest determinations
    • In Chapter 11, new section on same-sex couples and the establishment of legal parenthood
    • In Chapter 12, consideration of the emergence of medical child abuse and forced marriage as new categories of harm; expanded definitions of abuse and neglect, including medical child abuse and forced child marriage; and new section on "legal orphans" and the reinstatement of parental rights.
  • Economic Issues updated with:
    • New section in Chapter 6 on the due process rights of low-income parents in civil contempt cases for non-payment of child support.
    • Chapter 7 expanded to include the backlash against "permanent" spousal support awards and the tax treatment of spousal support payments.
    • Coverage of virtual assets in Chapter 8

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Helpful real-life examples and sample forms
  • Clear pedagogy--including summaries, key terms, and review and discussion questions--helps students better understand the material and develop their critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Included cases edited for analysis at the end of each chapter.
  • Classroom-tested, successful text that is authoritative and well-structured.
  • A variety of assignments for practicing lawyering skills, such as research, analysis, memo writing, and argumentation
  • Up-to-date coverage of all the key topics in family law.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781543801668
ISBN-10: 1543801668
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication Date: August 21st, 2019
Pages: 784
Language: English
Series: Aspen Paralegal