Custody Evaluations, Juvenile and Family Law, and Mental Disabilities
This course will consider the full range of issues related to custody (including issues specifically related to children with special needs), adoption, marriage dissolution, foster care, domestic abuse and guardianships as they relate to persons with mental disabilities. Students will examine the special issues related to juvenile commitments to psychiatric institutions (and treatment of juveniles in such facilities); competency; as well as other issues related to the criminal trials of juveniles with mental disabilities. This course will furthermore focus on the role of problem-solving courts, and the application of international human rights principles to this area of the law.
This upper-level, substantive course focuses on the laws, regulations, and policies surrounding custody and domestic relations including related issues presented by disability, special needs and abuse. The grade is based on a take-home midterm exam and a take-home final exam. Materials presented in this course are tested on the New York Law Exam (NYLE) and Multistate Essay Exam (MEE).
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Family Law; Government/Public Sector; Health Care Management and Compliance; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Family Law is highly recommended as a pre-requisite or co-requisite.