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Course Name Care of Children
Course Code LAW 6125P
Course Credits 6.0
Course Description

This course deals with private disputes over custody and access between separated parents, and sometimes other parties such as grandparents and step parents. The course also deals with the laws governing the relationship between parents, children and the state in child protection cases that involve allegations of parental abuse, neglect or incapacity, and in adoption law. It begins by considering the historical development of the laws governing the care of children, with different perspectives, including feminist and fathers' rights perspectives. It will include a comparative study and law reform issues, and a consideration of the psychological literature in this area and dealing with mental health professionals as expert witnesses. It will also examine issues such as: custody and access; shared parenting and joint custody; parenting plans and resolutions outside the court system; parental relocation; use of reproductive technology and surrogate motherhood; rights of step parents, grand parents and others who have significant ties to a child; determining the wishes of children; role of culture and race, including Aboriginal status on "best interests" determinations; legal representation of children; child abuse and child protection; constitutional issues related to child welfare proceedings; adoption, including open adoption and disclosure issues; and assessments and expert evidence.

Upcoming Offerings

Not currently scheduled

Specialization Family Law
Status Elective
CPD Hours Eligible LSO CPD: 12h Substantive Professional LLM courses may be eligible for CPD/MCLE credits in other Canadian jurisdictions hours. To inquire about hours and credit eligibility, please email cpd@osgoode.yorku.ca
NCA Status N/A

All courses and schedules are subject to change.