LEG307 - Family Law Practice & Procedure

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School
Last revision date 2017-05-29 00:30:53.488
Last review date 2017-07-17 00:15:30.434


Subject Title
Family Law Practice & Procedure

Subject Description
The course will familiarize the legal assistant student with the law as it relates to marriage, separation, divorce, child custody/access, and property disputes under legislation in Ontario. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have developed a basic knowledge and understanding of family law practice and procedure as required in the role of a legal assistant. Students will become familiar with the documents required for a simple divorce application. nt. This course will include knowledge of domestic contracts, divorce procedure, and family litigation.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject applicable towards the Legal Assistant Certificate Program offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to understand and complete the necessary forms and court documents applicable to:

  • the role of the Legal Assistant in family law matters
  • the history of marriage and the dissolution of same
  • custody and access
  • child support, spousal support and property rights
  • Separation Agreements
  • The Family Law Act Rules in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice
  • Financial Disclosure including financial statements and net family property statements
  • Divorce proceedings

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite(s)
Legal Office Practice & Procedure, Legal Terminology

Topic Outline

  • Introduction to Family Law
  • History of Family Law and Requirements of Marriage
  • Child Custody in Ontario
  • Support and Division of Property
  • Negotiations and Separation Agreements
  • Family Law Rules
  • Financial Disclosure
  • Net Family Property Statements
  • The Continuing Record
  • Divorce Proceedings

Prescribed Texts
Title
Family Law: Practice and Procedure
Author
Kurtz, JoAnn
Publisher
Emond Montgomery
Edition
4th
ISBN
9781552395608

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation
2 Assignments @ 5% each 2
Assignments @ 25% each
Final exam 40%

The student must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on the term work and the final exam to pass the course.

Approved by: Sandra Noble