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HDFS 403 - Families in the Legal Environment

  • 3 credits

The intersection of individuals, children, families and the legal system, including the balance between the right to privacy and government intervention. Topics include: children's and parent's rights, marriage, divorce, child dependency and neglect, partner violence, disability, delinquency, and landlord/tenant law.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Be familiar with the legal system and parameters within which the family and its individual members operate.
  • Recognize elementary legal issues in family law and other subjects covered.
  • Understand legal constraints governing the establishment and dissolution of the family unit and the legal relationship between parents and children.
  • Recognize certain situations in which it is appropriate to seek legal advice.
  • Be aware of alternatives to litigation alternative dispute resolution processes in the family law context.


Completion of 60 credits

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Sudents are required to observe a courtroom proceeding. More details will be provided in the class.