Family Law

Elective Course
Course Number: LAW 669
Credits: 3

Family Law includes examination of the ways in which families come into being, the problems posed by the family as an existing unit, the legal relationship between husband and wife, cohabiting partners, parent and child, and adoption. Specific emphasis is placed on consensual resolution of disputes in formal and informal relationships. Using Professor Patterson's publication, Montana Family Law and Practice, students experience actual process and work with the practice documents used in Uniform State Laws jurisdictions. Attention is given to the practical administration of present dissolution laws and the ethical problems they pose for the lawyer. Evaluation of student performance is based on completion of a competency exercise (for example, drafting a property settlement agreement) and a final examination.