Course Detail: NC-FAMLAW - Family Law Professional Certificate Program

This program provides an overview of family law.  Students will explore fundamental topics including marriage, divorce, annulment, property division, parenthood, adoption, custody, support, and family violence as well as emerging areas such as legal recognition of non-marital families and assisted reproductive technology.  Students will study all of these points with special attention to the legal principles, ethical issues, research, interviewing, discovery, drafting, and other essential practice skills that make up the work product surrounding this field.  

Examining the initial organization, operation and potential dissolution of a family unit, the Family Law program addresses premarital controversies, capacity to marry and the formalities of marriage in light of the rights and duties of marital partners, various grounds for divorce, annulment and separation, spousal support and basic issues of property distribution.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Describe tasks paralegals perform as members of a family law team
  • Perform research on issues related to family law cases
  • Interpret the major legal issues related to premarital agreements and marriage
  • Interpret the major legal issues related to annulment, separation and divorce
  • Interpret the major legal issues related to nonmarital families
  • Interpret the major legal issues related to parenthood and adoption
  • Interpret the major legal issues related to family violence
  • Interpret the major legal issues related to discovery and financial statements
  • Interpret the major legal issues related to child custody and child support
  • Interpret the major legal issues related to spousal support
  • Interpret the major legal issues related to property division
  • Draft family law documents
  • Propose strategies for dealing with ethical issues that arise in family law cases
  • Use Microsoft Office

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