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This guide provides research related guidance relative to Family Law in general, with a focus on New York & New Jersey

Introduction to Select Subject Areas

According to Black's family law is defined as "The body of law dealing with marriage, divorce, adoption, child custody and support, child abuse and neglect, paternity, assisted reproductive technology, and other domestic-relations issues....and is also termed domestic relations law."


Examples & Explanations series gives you extremely clear introductions to concepts followed by realistic examples that mirror those presented in the classroom throughout the semester. Use at the beginning and midway through the semester to deepen your understanding through clear explanations, corresponding hypothetical fact patterns, and analysis. Then use to study for finals by reviewing the hypotheticals as well as the structure and reasoning behind the accompanying analysis. 

Divorce is defined as the legal ending of a marriage according to Black's  it is also referred to as a dissolution of marriage. 

Two teens whose parents are divorcing become our eyes and ears to show what happens in a divorce and how it changes the family. The program shows two stages of divorce: the immediate crisis stage when parents separate and the turmoil of the aftermath.

According to Black's paternity refers"to the quality, state or condition of being a father." Paternity becomes important as relates to child support  & custody proceedings. 

Custody usually references child custody after a marital dissolution.  

This book explains how the Hague Convention works in practice. In an increasingly internationalized area of the law, family lawyers and other divorce professionals are encountering more clients who fear that their children may be abducted, who worry about allowing their children to travel overseas, or are contemplating international marriage or divorce. 

Child support is defined by Black's as a parent's legal obligation to contribute to the economic maintenance and education of a child until the age of majority, the child's emancipation before reaching majority, or the child's completion of secondary education. 

This book contains a thorough, clear, and concise discussion of procedures and law regarding spouse and child support in New York. Bridging the gap between a treatise s comprehensive academic review and a benchbook-style practical approach, this book: Spells out the law, cites relevant cases and provides information on exceptions; Thoroughly explains cases instead of just string citing them; Includes more than 30 forms, which deal with all phases of the process of appearing in court or before hearing examiners; Contains practice notes from the authors that disclose potential pitfalls and provide timesaving insights; Serves as a guide for attorneys appearing in court or before hearing examiners; and includes recent developments and cases discussed in annual update.

According to Black's adoption is "the creation by judicial order of a parent-child relationship between two parties who usu. are unrelated; the relation of parent and child created by law between persons who are not in fact parent and child."

Black's categorized domestic violence under the definition of violence where violence is  "the use of physical force, usu. accompanied by fury, vehemence, or outrage; esp., physical force unlawfully exercised with the intent to harm. And domestic violence is "violence between members of a household, usu. spouses; an assault or other violent act committed by one member of a household against another."  Terms such as family/marital violence and intimate partner violence are also used to reference domestic violence. 

According to Black's a guardianship is "the fiduciary relationship between a guardian and a ward or other incapacitated person, whereby the guardian assumes the power to make decisions about the ward's person or property."

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This guide was created by Errol A. Adams J.D., M.L.S. and is currently updated & maintained by Pace Law Library reference librarians.