Full course description

About the Course

Family law is a wonderful mix of sociology, policy, and law.  It is both intriguing and useful because it impacts everyone who has dared to enter into the realm of romance.

Over the course of the semester, will will addresses state, federal, and constitutional regulation of family relationships, premarital agreements, and domestic partnerships, marriage, and divorce.  We will also explore common divorce issues such as property division, child and spousal support, and child custody and visitation.  Other topics include non-marital family rights, alternative reproduction, and adoption.

This course, in its entirety, is conducted online via Canvas.  Each week, students should plan to spend a total of 3 hours on two different modules organized by theme. Each module includes lecture videos and assessment exercises.  At the end of 13 weeks, students must sit for a traditional final exam at Inlow Hall. 

What You Gain

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Describe the scope of family law
  • Recognize restrictions on and duties in marriage
  • Analyze the property consequences upon divorce
  • Discuss the rights of various family members under the U.S. Constitution
  • Explain divorce law relating to children, including child custody, support and visitation

Meet the Instructor

Margaret Ryznar teaches and researches in the areas of family law, tax, trusts & estates, property, and juvenile law. Her scholarship focuses on the rights of family members under federal and state law, with particular emphasis on how family members hold and transfer property among themselves. Professor Ryznar is the author of over 60 publications on law, and her work has been featured in the media as well as cited in law journals and judicial materials.

Courses:

Family Law; International & Comparative Family Law; Juvenile Law; Trusts & Estates; and Income Taxation of Individuals, Fiduciaries & Business Associations
Length: 1 semester.
Credit: 3
Institution: 
Audience: Open
Program: No
Type: Fully online