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- Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
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Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about laws pertaining to family, marriage and children for a standard criminal justice course. Topics covered include:
- Alimony benefits, laws and types, including rehabilitative alimony
- Social security
- Comparison of alimony and child support
- Coverture and bigamy laws
- Prenuptial and palimony agreements
- The Uniform Premarital Agreement Act and the Bradley Amendment of 1986
- The history of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
- The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction & Enforcement Act
- The Fathers' Rights Movement
- Statistics regarding paternity fraud
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the 1996 Personal Responsibility & Work Opportunity Act
- Voluntary and involuntary termination of parental rights
1. What is Alimony? - Definition & Laws
When married couples separate, living expenses rise as there are now two households. In this lesson, we will define alimony and how it helps provide financial stability for the spouse in need of support.
2. Alimony & Social Security Benefits
Income and payment obligations affect both alimony and Social Security benefits. In this lesson, we will explore how alimony and Social Security impact how each works.
3. What is Rehabilitative Alimony?
Once a marriage ends, either party can seek alimony from the other. In this lesson, we will look at the four types of alimony, discuss what makes rehabilitative alimony unique, and learn when it's awarded.
4. Types of Alimony: Temporary, Permanent & Reimbursement
When married couples separate, typically one spouse is going to need financial support from the other. In this lesson, we will define three types of alimony: temporary, permanent, and reimbursement, and explain how each are used.
5. What is the Difference Between Alimony & Child Support?
Spousal and parental payments both support the needs of a family, but are based on two different legal constructs. In this lesson, we will define alimony and child support, and explore how each are determined.
6. What is Coverture? - Definition & Laws
This lesson will define coverture and discuss the laws surrounding it. While this law seems archaic now, it was the reality years ago. Upon completion of this lesson, the reader should have a firm grasp of coverture.
7. What is a Prenuptial Agreement? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will review what a prenuptial agreement is and explore some situations that might necessitate a written legal agreement between people who are about to be married.
8. What is the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act?
Premarital agreements can be controversial, as they lead some to believe their future spouse doesn't trust them. This lesson will help readers understand the intent behind the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act and view some state variations.
9. What is the Bradley Amendment of 1986?
In this lesson, we will look at how the Bradley Amendment of 1986 helps ensure delinquent child support payments can be obtained, as well as some of the controversy surrounding the implementation of the law.
10. Convention on the Rights of the Child: Definition & History
In this lesson, you will learn more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child. You will learn, more specifically, about its purpose and how it was designed to help children across the world.
11. The Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act
This lesson will introduce the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, an important act involving the enforcement of child and spousal support obligations. Upon completion, you, the reader, will have a solid grasp of the details of this act, along with other similar acts.
12. The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)
When parents split up and a child moves to a different state, a question arises regarding which state's child support laws apply. In this lesson, we will learn how the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act addresses that issue.
13. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction & Enforcement Act
Child custody laws differ from state to state, often causing difficulty for families trying to sort custody issues. Here we'll learn how the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act has helped bring uniformity to some of those issues.
14. What is the Fathers' Rights Movement?
Traditionally, mothers were considered the primary caretakers of children, but in recent years, more fathers are seeking custodial rights. This lesson will review the Fathers' Rights Movement as it relates to child custody.
15. Paternity Fraud: Laws, Cases & Statistics
In this lesson, you will learn about paternity fraud, including how paternity fraud occurs in the court system, examples of cases, and statistical information and data on how often paternity fraud occurs.
16. What is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)?
This lesson will explore the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Read on to find out more about eligibility, services, guidelines, and cash assistance standards.
17. The Personal Responsibility & Work Opportunity Act (1996)
In this lesson, you will learn more about welfare reform, including some of the programs that have been established as a result. You will also learn more about how this act has evolved from 1996 to the present.
18. What is a Palimony Agreement?
If you're planning on moving in with a significant other but don't want to get married, there's little financial protection you can count on without a palimony agreement.
19. What is Bigamy? - Definition, Laws & Cases
Most of us grow up in a world where it's normal to share marriage with just one other person. This lesson will review the law related to double marriage, known as bigamy, and provide some case examples.
20. Termination of Parental Rights: Voluntary & Involuntary
When parents make poor choices, their parental rights might be called into question. This lesson will discuss parental rights and the termination of those rights on both a voluntary and involuntary basis.
21. What is the Mann Act of 1910?
In this lesson, you will learn more about the Mann Act of 1910. You will also be given two examples of celebrities who were charged or nearly charged under this federal law.
22. Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA): 1906 & 1908
In this lesson, the Federal Employers Liability Act will be discussed. The 1906 and 1908 versions of this act will be discussed in detail, giving us a good grasp of this act from creation to today.
23. Rumford Fair Housing Act: History & Amendment
The Rumford Fair Housing Act was passed in California in 1963 to protect minorities, the disabled, women, and others from unfair housing practices that were prevalent at the time. This lesson will examine this Act and the attempts made to repeal it.
24. Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC): Definition & History
AFDC, or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, was a program established by the government to provide payments to the parents of poor children who lacked parental support, for various reasons. In this lesson, we will define AFDC and examine its history.
25. Browder v. Gayle: Summary, Verdict & Facts
Racial segregation on buses was a common practice in Alabama during the 1950's. The civil case, 'Browder v. Gayle', which was filed by four plaintiffs, put an end to this practice in 1956. This lesson will examine this case and its verdict.
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- Court Proceedings Overview
- Basic Theories of Crime
- Types of Courts
- Types of Crime Overview
- Agencies & Offices of the Department of Justice
- Criminal Sentencing
- History of Police Brutality in America
- Prisons in the United States
- American Law Enforcement Agencies
- Police Roles & Policies
- Criminal Sanctions Used in Criminology
- Overview of Correction Facilities
- Basic Law in Criminal Justice
- Warrants in Criminal Justice
- Introduction to Criminology
- Crime Categories & Characteristics
- Theories of Criminal Behavior
- Victims of Crime: Consequences & Impact
- Types of Homicide