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Family Law, 6th Edition

  • William P. Statsky Thomas Edison State College
  • ISBN-10: 1435440749  |  ISBN-13: 9781435440746
  • 720 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002, 1996, 1991
  • © 2013 | Published
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FAMILY LAW, sixth edition, provides a comprehensive introduction to modern family law for the paralegal, covering substantive and procedural law with a strong practical emphasis. In addition to fundamental principles of family law and nationwide legal practices, the text includes state-specific assignments to help students identify relevant laws and regulations in their area. Legal analysis exercises help students apply substantive law principles discussed in each chapter, while sample checklists, forms, documents, cases, and exhibits provide exposure to real-world tools and processes used by working professionals. New content for the sixth edition includes updated coverage of evolving legal issues such as same-sex marriage, adoption, fertility, stem cell research, material on legal ethics, and the role of technology in law.

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Features and Benefits

  • Special features in each chapter emphasize the importance of legal ethics for modern paralegals, as well as exploring challenging and controversial issues confronting today's legal professionals.
  • The text includes ample coverage of the role of technology in modern family law, including how computers and the Internet are affecting laws and legal practice.
  • Numerous sample checklists and related exercises help students develop essential interviewing and investigative skills they will need to succeed in the paralegal profession.
  • Case study excerpts from important court opinions illustrate the practical applications of key legal principles, allowing students to deepen their understanding of chapter material and appreciate the real-world impact of family law.
  • Examples of complaint and interrogatory documents enable students to get familiar with key elements of paralegal practice they will encounter as working professionals.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Family Law and Practice.
2. Ethics in a Family Law Practice.
3. Compiling a Family History.
4. Premarital, Postnuptial, and Cohabitation Agreements.
5. Traditional Marriage and Alternatives.
6. Annulment.
7. Divorce Grounds and Procedure.
8. Spousal Support, Property Division, and the Separation Agreement.
9. Child Custody.
10. Child Support.
11. Tax Consequences of Separation and Divorce.
12. The Legal Rights of Women.
13. Illegitimacy and Paternity Proceedings.
14. The Legal Status of Children.
15. Adoption.
16. The New Science of Motherhood.
17. Torts and Family Law.
Appendix A. General Instructions for the Assignments and Projects in the Book.
Appendix B. Computer Generated Reports: The Divorce of Margaret and Nelson Paris.
Appendix C. Interrogatories on Financial Assets.
Appendix D. Family Law in Your State.
Glossary.

What's New

  • New and updated material reflects the ongoing evolution of laws related to high-profile issues, including same-sex marriage and domestic partnerships, adoption, stem cell research, fertility, and reproductive technology.
  • The text's abundant collection of sample forms, documents, and related resources has been updated to reflect current professional standards and practices, as has coverage of technology relevant to legal practice in general and paralegal duties in particular.
  • Each chapter now opens with a detailed list of learning objectives, as well as key skills and themes to be covered, enabling students to focus their efforts and place what they read into context.
  • New material at the end of every chapter includes review questions to help students assess their understanding, Check the Cite exercises requiring Internet research on relevant cases, and a Project with Internet activities related to state-specific laws and regulations.
  • New appendices provide useful resources for family law practitioners in every state.

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Reviews

"It is very comprehensive...this comprehensiveness is much appreciated and necessary due to the complexity and depth of the subject matter. The second strength of the textbook is that Statsky presents the material in a very logical sequence which enhances the natural learning process of the students. Often, as a professor, I either have to rearrange my material to follow the order of a textbook's chapters, or to better facilitate student learning, I sometimes will teach a chapter out of sequence because the material doesn't logically build on previous material. Neither rearranging my material nor teaching chapters out of sequence is necessary with Statsky's Family Law, 5th ed., textbook. The text unfolds in an orderly progression from basic to more complex material and covers various family law themes in a logical way. The third strength of the textbook is its emphasis on the contractual aspects of marriage, dissolution, and other family law issues. Family law is fundamentally a type of contract law, and Statsky's textbook makes that very clear to students."

— Mary Conwell, Edison College, Ft. Myers, FL

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Family Law, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 1337413763 | ISBN-13: 9781337413763)

FAMILY LAW, sixth edition, provides a comprehensive introduction to modern family law for the paralegal, covering substantive and procedural law with a strong practical emphasis. In addition to fundamental principles of family law and nationwide legal practices, the text includes state-specific assignments to help students identify relevant laws and regulations in their area. Legal analysis exercises help students apply substantive law principles discussed in each chapter, while sample checklists, forms, documents, cases, and exhibits provide exposure to real-world tools and processes used by working professionals. New content for the sixth edition includes updated coverage of evolving legal issues such as same-sex marriage, adoption, fertility, stem cell research, material on legal ethics, and the role of technology in law.

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Family Law: The Essentials  (ISBN-10: 1401848273 | ISBN-13: 9781401848279)

This newly redesigned edition of Family Law: The Essentials, 2E, provides accurate, concise coverage of family law with an emphasis on practical paralegal skills and technique. The text presents all the standard topics that must be covered in a family law course, but does so in a briefer format than the comprehensive Family Law by the same author. It is ideal for use in shorter courses or for courses that supplement a text with state-specific material.

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Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1435440757 | ISBN-13: 9781435440753)

The Instructor Resources CD-ROM includes an Instructor's Manual, Computerized Test Bank in ExamView and customizable PowerPoint® presentations.

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Oran's Dictionary of the Law  (ISBN-10: 1418080918 | ISBN-13: 9781418080914)

Oran's Dictionary of the Law, Fourth Edition, is the easiest to use introduction to legal terminology and concepts on the market. It contains clear definitions of the words that most paralegals, paralegal students, and persons in related fields need to know. The book gives the reader the core of each legal idea and helps them understand the American legal system as well as how to approach research tasks. The book precisely explains contracts, laws, court decisions, and lawyers. This new fourth edition includes a CD-ROM that contains all terms and definitions in the book and over a thousand new and revised definitions. It also includes an updated section on computerized legal research and overhauled sections on bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation support, national security and other rapidly changing subject areas. Oran's Dictionary of the Law will leave the reader equipped with a precise, technical, legal vocabulary.

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Student Supplements

Family Law, Loose-Leaf Version  (ISBN-10: 1337413763 | ISBN-13: 9781337413763)

FAMILY LAW, sixth edition, provides a comprehensive introduction to modern family law for the paralegal, covering substantive and procedural law with a strong practical emphasis. In addition to fundamental principles of family law and nationwide legal practices, the text includes state-specific assignments to help you identify relevant laws and regulations in your area. Legal analysis exercises help you apply substantive law principles discussed in each chapter, while sample checklists, forms, documents, cases, and exhibits provide exposure to real-world tools and processes used by working professionals. New content for the sixth edition includes updated coverage of evolving legal issues such as same-sex marriage, adoption, fertility, stem cell research, material on legal ethics, and the role of technology in law.

List Price = $156.95  | CengageBrain Price = $156.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $117.75

Family Law: The Essentials  (ISBN-10: 1401848273 | ISBN-13: 9781401848279)

This is the essentials version of the market leader in family law (Statsky's Family Law, 4th, West, 1996). It is a briefer, less expensive paperback text ideal for shorter courses or for courses that supplement a paperback with state-specific material. Chapters 2-5, most of Chapter 1, all cases, appendices, and assignments that require library research have been eliminated in this version to provide concise, accurate coverage with an emphasis on practical paralegal skills and techniques. State-specific supplements are also available for Texas, New York, California, and Florida. ALSO AVAILABLE California ISBN: 0-314-20594-2 Florida ISBN: 0-314-20595-0 New York ISBN: 0-314-20596-9 Texas ISBN: 0-314-20597-7 Study Guide ISBN: 0-314-20838-0 INSTRUCTOR SUPPLEMENTS CALL CUSTOMER SUPPORT TO ORDER Instructors Manual(with Test Bank), ISBN: 0-314-20794-5

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CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133673848 | ISBN-13: 9781133673842)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. Paralegal CourseMate includes: An interactive eBook with highlighting, note taking and an interactive glossary and Interactive learning tools, including: Quizzes, Flashcards, and more!

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MindTap™ Paralegal for Statsky's Family Law, 6th Edition provides you with the tools you need to better manage your limited time -- you can complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn with course material specially customized for you by your instructor and streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface. With an array of resources, tools, and apps -- including case studies, web links, flashcards and crossword puzzles for learning terminology, PowerPoint® presentations, and note taking -- you'll get a true understanding of course concepts, helping you to achieve better grades and setting the groundwork for your future courses.

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WebTutor™ on Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1133673732 | ISBN-13: 9781133673736)

Designed to accompany specific Delmar Cengage Learning textbooks, WebTUTOR™ is an eLearning software solution that turns you into a front-row learner. Blackboard components are offered across all of our disciplines. Each WebTUTOR may include chapter learning objectives, online course preparation, study sheets, glossary flashcards, discussion topics, web links, and an online forum to exchange notes and questions. In addition online chapter quizzes are provided in various formats including, matching exercises, true-false questions, short-answer, and multiple-choice questions with immediate feedback for correct and incorrect answers.

List Price = $44.00  | CengageBrain Price = $44.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $44.00

LMS Integrated for MindTap® Paralegal, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card  (ISBN-10: 1305277074 | ISBN-13: 9781305277076)

List Price = $114.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $85.50

Oran's Dictionary of the Law  (ISBN-10: 1418080918 | ISBN-13: 9781418080914)

Oran's Dictionary of the Law, Fourth Edition, is the easiest to use introduction to legal terminology and concepts on the market. It contains clear definitions of the words that most paralegals, paralegal students, and persons in related fields need to know. The book gives the reader the core of each legal idea and helps them understand the American legal system as well as how to approach research tasks. The book precisely explains contracts, laws, court decisions, and lawyers. This new fourth edition includes a CD-ROM that contains all terms and definitions in the book and over a thousand new and revised definitions. It also includes an updated section on computerized legal research and overhauled sections on bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation support, national security and other rapidly changing subject areas. Oran's Dictionary of the Law will leave the reader equipped with a precise, technical, legal vocabulary.

List Price = $56.95  | CengageBrain Price = $56.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $42.75

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William P. Statsky

William Statsky is a member of both the ethics committee and the advisory council for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, as well as an instructor of online courses at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. He is the author of numerous groundbreaking legal textbooks for paralegals and was a member of the transition team for then President-Elect Ronald Reagan. Mr. Statsky holds a master of law degree (LL.M) in urban affairs, as well as a juris doctorate degree (J.D.).