Tompkins Cortland Community College

PARC215 - Family Law/Domestic Relations


Designed for upper level paralegal majors, students acquire an understanding of the basic concepts, rules and principles, as well as some of the basic practical applications that form the foundation of family and domestic relations law. Topics include terminology, courts, matrimonial, divorce, property distribution, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, child protection, adoption, paternity, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, and other relevant topics. In particular, students become familiar with common pleadings and documents a paralegal may assist in preparing. They acquire an understanding of relevant laws, especially the New York Family Court Act and New York Domestic Relations Law. In addition, students develop their understanding of courts and procedures, and work to strengthen their research, writing, and drafting skills. Prerequisites: Paralegal Studies certificate major; C or better grade or concurrent enrollment in PARC 101, PARC 130, and BUAD 201. 3 Cr. (3 Lec.). Fall and spring semesters.