SRJC Course Outlines

5/28/2022 4:24:58 PMBOT 85.3 Course Outline as of Spring 2004

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  BOT 85.3Title:  FAMILY LAW PROCEDURES  
Full Title:  Family Law Procedures
Last Reviewed:2/22/2010

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.50Lecture Scheduled3.008 max.Lecture Scheduled24.00
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled1.008 min.Lab Scheduled8.00
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total4.00 Contact Total32.00
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  48.00Total Student Learning Hours: 80.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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Intended for students seeking employment as law office professionals.  An overview of Family Law procedures, especially as they relate to the dissolution of a marriage.  Topics include:  historical aspects of marriage; valid, void, and voidable marriages; grounds for the dissolution of a marriage; community versus separate property issues; child and spousal support calculations; custody and visitation rights; processing of a dissolution of marriage proceeding.  Students will follow applicable legal procedures and prepare appropriate court documents using a simulation.  Not intended for individuals seeking assistance and instruction on preparing and processing their own dissolution of marriage documents.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An overview of Family Law procedures, especially as they relate to the dissolution of a marriage.  Students will follow applicable legal procedures and prepare appropriate court documents using a simulation. Not intended for individuals seeking assistance and instruction on preparing and processing their own dissolution of marriage documents.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Completion of ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1998Inactive:Fall 2016
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Students will be able to:
1.  Examine historical aspects of marriage
2.  Differentiate between a valid, void, and voidable marriage
3.  Examine the differences between a divorce and dissolution of marriage
4.  Create court forms and supporting legal documents
5.  Determine child and spousal support recommendations
6.  Analyze child custody and visitation issues
7.  Evaluate marital property rights and obligations
8.  Diagram a flow-chart of dissolution of marriage procedures to follow
9.  Using a simulation, write the procedures to create and process
   necessary legal documents and forms.
10. Create a procedures manual

Topics and Scope
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Students will use a simulated legal case when covering the topics.
1.  Marriage
   a.  Legal aspects
   b.  Grounds for dissolving a marriage
2.  Client interview
   a.  Essential information and data to obtain
   b.  Client's personal documents
   c.  Organization of files and development of follow-up systems
3.  Dissolution of Marriage Proceeding
   a.  California Dissomaster system for determining support
       recommendations
   b.  Custody and visitation issues
   c.  Potential legal proceedings involving hearings and orders
   d.  Commencement proceedings
   e.  Service of process
   f.  Default proceedings
   g.  Contested matters
   h.  Marital settlement agreements
4.  Technology
   a.  Legal Solutions software
   b.  Microsoft Word and/or WordPerfect features designed for legal
       documents
   c.  Helpful Internet resources

Assignments:
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Textbook reading; research Internet resources; preparation of court
documents; creation of client files; composing legal correspondence;
writing action steps in processing legal documents; develop a procedures
manual.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 50%
Homework problems, Case studies.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 50%
Class performances, Performance exams, Processing legal docs & composing correspondence.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 20%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Class participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Joyce Morton, Legal Secretarial Procedures, 5th edition.  New Jersey:
 Prentice-Hall, 2001.
Law Office Procedures Manual edited by Legal Secretaries Incorporated,
 The Rutter Group.  Updated semi-annually.

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