This course explores how the law constructs, defines, limits, and regulates the family. Topics covered include: marriage and nonmarital relationships, sex and reproductive rights, having and raising children, divorce and its consequences, and child custody. Class materials consist primarily of case law but also include statutes, media accounts, legal scholarship, and sources from other academic disciplines. This is a three-unit course.
Family Law is a companion course to Community Property, Children and the Law, and Wills and Trusts. Family Law does not repeat the subject matter of those courses, but is conceptually related to them. There are no prerequisites.