Donald Schiller : Courses and Seminars
Divorce Practice and Procedure
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 wife 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 a division; the valuation issues when dividing certain types of property; pre- and post-marital agreements; pretrial discovery; common evidentiary issues; federal tax aspects of marital dissolution and effects of bankruptcy. 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 JD writing requirement (WP). Completion of a basic Family Law class is recommended but not required.
Donald Schiller, Erika N. Chen-Walsh