FAMILY LAW or DOMESTIC RELATIONS

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Family law or domestic relations as it is listed in some law schools is where you learn that you either need to stay single or stay married. The practice of family law can get very bitter and resolving conflicts between family members or spouses can be dangerous as well. There are the recent cases of a judge being shot and also the video of the attorney ducking behind a tree as the ex-husband fires numerous shots. I personally knew a family law attorney that was shot and killed by the ex husband. 

Regardless, family law is a required law school course at most schools whether you like it or not. Here you get to calculate child support and figure out who gets what. It is on the bar exam in many states.

In your Family Law class you will cover the legal problems concerning the validity of antenuptial agreements; marriage, dissolution of marriage (divorce), declarations of invalidity or a marriale (annulment), legal separation (separate maintenance); rights and duties of husband, wife, parent, and child; legitimacy and illegitimacy; adoption; adjustment of rights in divorce, including “fault” and “no fault” doctrines; property rights, including marital and non-marital property doctrines; maintenance (alimony); child support; child custody and visitation; legal status of infants; conflict of laws and constitutional law problems in family law context; and remedies to prevent domestic violence.


Family Law Past Exams

Family Law Essay Exam from Minnesota

Domestic Relations Essay Exam from Georgia

New York Bar Exam Domestic Relations

MEE Essay Exam and Answers July 2012

Divorce Law Websites

South Carolina Divorce Website

Georgia Divorce and Child Custody Website

Basics of Divorce, Legal Separation and Annulment in California

New York Divorce Laws

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Who Gets the Ashes

One of the most common arguments between family members is who has the right to make the decedent's funeral arrangements. If your client wants his executor (personal representative) to be responsible, then consider adding the following language into their will.

My executor shall have the power to employ and make the necessary arrangements for the proper disposition of my final remains in accordance with any written statement by me or, if none, at my Executor’s sole discretion except that it is my desire that I be cremated.