Introduction to Family Law

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Cengage Learning, 2004 - Business & Economics - 513 pages
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Introduction to Family Law cohesively blends legal theory and practical application in an engaging way that is new to the world of paralegal textbooks. Students imagine themselves in the role of Susan, the main fictional character in this text who is a recent paralegal graduate working in her first law firm. As Susan meets clients with a host of pressing family legal problems, she admirably fulfills her role as researcher, writer, interviewer, and motion and pleadings preparer. Students' interest is piqued and learning is maximized as they share in the drama, challenges and humor of a typical family law practice. Each chapter mingles Susan's fictional experiences with legal theory, pertinent case briefs, and practical exhibits.Study aids such as chapter summaries, chapter reviews, Ethics Alerts, relevant Web sites, and key terms further promote understanding and retention. Students get a flavor for legal trends around the country since cases have been carefully chosen from a number of states. Instructors and students will find this fictional storyline approach to learning to be unique and effective
 

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Contents

Life on the Job
1
Appendix
4
Discovery
11
Chapter
14
Appendix
19
Chapter 5
22
Prenuptial Agreements
86
Endnotes
109
Divorce and Separation
195
Chapter Summary
267
Appendix C
274
Child Support
315
Glossary 486
325
The Problem of Tracking Down a Nonpaying Parent
335
Chapter Summary
344
Ethics Alert
350

Marriage
110
The Legal Requirements of Marriage
118
Common Law Marriage
126
Societal Trends Affect Marriage Vows
136
Chapter Summary
146
Review Questions
148
Endnotes
169
Domestic Violence
362
Review Questions
387
Paralegal and Legal Assistant Associations
407
Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act
430
State Child Support Enforcement Agencies
444
Uniform Interstate Family Support Act
467
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Nancy R. Gallo, J.D. is a frequent presenter at the American Association for Paralegal Education national and regional conferences and was a member of AAfPE's Family Law Syllabus Task Force (2003). Professor Gallo is the author of the textbook, Introduction to Family Law (2004). A member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section and the New Jersey Bar Elder Law Section, the author is a frequent public speaker and has volunteered as an Early Settlement Panel member for the Sussex County Superior Court, Newton, New Jersey. A cum laude graduate of William Paterson University, the author attended Nova Southeastern University and was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities funded grant for the study Paul Robeson, 20th Century Humanist and Lawyer. The author is a full professor and the Legal Studies Programs coordinator at Sussex County Community College, Newton, New Jersey.

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