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The Eighth Edition of Family Law for Paralegals continues to provide complete coverage of traditional family law topics with historical context and dynamic cutting-edge issues--such as non-marital families, child abuse and neglect, and same-sex marriage. J. Shoshanna Ehrlich's balanced approach prepares students to handle the work of a paralegal through examples, assignments, and sample forms that mirror legal practice.
New to the Eighth Edition:
Meticulously updated with new cases and developments in the law throughout the book, including new material on:
- Marriage (Ch. 1) includes new sections on:
- The retroactive application of Obergefell v. Hodges to backdate marriages of same-sex couple to when they would have married had it been allowed
- The debate over whether merchants can refuse to provide wedding-related services and goods to same-sex couples based on religious objections
- Whether the marriage consent age should be raised to protect minors from being forced into marriage against their will.
- Domestic Violence (Ch. 3) now covers:
- The use of electronic monitoring in domestic violence cases
- The possibility of allowing minors who are being forced into marriage to obtain civil orders of protection.
- Employer-initiated restraining orders
- Children coverage expanded to include:
- In Chapter 5, new sections on the appointment of attorneys to represent children in contested custody disputes and considerations of parental disability in best interest determinations
- In Chapter 11, new section on same-sex couples and the establishment of legal parenthood
- In Chapter 12, consideration of the emergence of medical child abuse and forced marriage as new categories of harm; expanded definitions of abuse and neglect, including medical child abuse and forced child marriage; and new section on "legal orphans" and the reinstatement of parental rights.
- Economic Issues updated with:
- New section in Chapter 6 on the due process rights of low-income parents in civil contempt cases for non-payment of child support.
- Chapter 7 expanded to include the backlash against "permanent" spousal support awards and the tax treatment of spousal support payments.
- Coverage of virtual assets in Chapter 8
Professors and students will benefit from:
- Helpful real-life examples and sample forms
- Clear pedagogy--including summaries, key terms, and review and discussion questions--helps students better understand the material and develop their critical thinking and writing skills.
- Included cases edited for analysis at the end of each chapter.
- Classroom-tested, successful text that is authoritative and well-structured.
- A variety of assignments for practicing lawyering skills, such as research, analysis, memo writing, and argumentation
- Up-to-date coverage of all the key topics in family law.