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Erika N. Chen-Walsh : Courses and Seminars

Divorce Practice and Procedure
LAWS 93202
This class provides an exposure to the dynamic process of representing clients in a dissolution of marriage case. The class will familiarize you with the complexities that arise when a family is divided and the parties are dissolving their marriage. Topics are covered in the sequence of an evolving case from the perspective of a practicing lawyer and include determination of jurisdiction, interstate and international parental kidnapping, domestic violence and property injunctions, temporary and permanent child custody and visitation, temporary and permanent maintenance for spouse and support for children, awards of attorneys’ fees and costs, exploration of property rights and factors for determining division of assets and liabilities, the valuation issues when dividing certain types of property, premarital agreements, common ethical issues, federal tax aspects of marital dissolution, effects of bankruptcy and civil unions/same-sex marriage. Significant reading, writing and preparation for in-class discussions is required. Forty percent of the student’s grade is based on class participation, and sixty percent on the drafting of legal memoranda. Writing for this class may be used as partial fulfillment of the J.D. writing requirement (WP). Completion of a basic Family Law class is recommended but not required.
Autumn 2015
Donald Schiller, Erika N. Chen-Walsh