This is a BCCampus online provincial course. Family Litigation Procedures introduces the student to the functions and duties of a legal administrative assistant working in a family law practice in B.C. Subjects covered include legal terminology, the applicable provincial and federal statutes, the court system, and the theory and practical application of preparation of legal correspondence, undefended and defended divorces, and separation and marriage agreements.
- Historical Overview: historical developments in family law
- Overview: why the family law client is unique
- Opening the family law file: sample lawyer’s initial interview notes
- The Divorce Act: grounds for divorce, bars to divorce, forms of divorce (undefended, joint, defended), jurisdiction
- The Family Relations Act: relief available, importance of provisions concerning division of family property, jurisdiction
- Application of the Supreme Court Family Rules
- Financial disclosure: Forms F8 and F9
- Child support: preparation of the Child Support Affidavit and application of the Child Support Guidelines
- Simple calculations of child support amounts
- Preparation of the Notice of Joint Family Claim in support of a joint divorce
- Preparation of the Notice of Family Claim and related documents in support of an undefended divorce
- Preparation of the Response to Family Claim and related documents in support of a defended divorce
- The divorce order: preparation, approval by counsel
Methods of Instruction
Communication between instructor and students will be conducted online using WebCT e-mail, discussion, chat utilities, guided practices, assignments, and case studies. Students will work both independently and collaboratively to learn and apply procedures and tasks carried on in a legal office. Both learning activities and evaluations will be structured to stress problem solving, accuracy, and working within time constraints.
Means of Assessment
|Quizzes (3 x10%)
The learner has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Read and understand the relevant statutory materials, the Supreme Court Family Rules, the Divorce Act, and the Family Relations Act
- Identify the distinct applications of the Divorce Act and the Family Relations Act
- Recognize the primary relief available under the Divorce Act and the Family Relations Act
- Identify the rules on financial disclosure
- Calculate basic child support under the Federal Child Support Guidelines
- Accurately prepare the course documents required in a joint divorce proceeding
- Accurately prepare the court documents required in an uncontested divorce proceeding
- Accurately prepare the court documents required to defend a contested divorce proceeding
- Transcribe accurately family law correspondence and documents, including marriage and separation agreements, using appropriate and relevant legal terminology
- Observe ethical standards with respect to client confidentiality in the completion of all work
(OADM 1430 or equivalent) and (OADM 1431 or equivalent).
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