District Syllabus
PLA2800
Domestic Relations


Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3 (NOTE: )
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: PLA1003 The Legal Profession and
PLA1104 Legal Research And Writing I and
PLA1273 Torts
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: Covers research into and drafting of pleadings for dissolution of marriage, separation, custody, legitimacy, adoption, change of name, and support.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Ehrlich. Family Law for Paralegals, 5th ed., Aspen, 2010. ISBN: 9780735587731
  • Florida Bar. Florida Family Law Set, 2011 ed., Lexis, 2011. ISBN: 9781422467398
Supplemental Materials:
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss the legal history and nature of marriage.
  2. Determine the jurisdiction/venue requirements from case study analysis.
  3. Draft the necessary documents and explain the steps to be taken to initiate a dissolution of marriage.
  4. Discuss the range of possible responses and the procedure for the act of dissolving the marriage.
Course Learning Outcomes:
To achieve these learning outcomes, the following will be performed:
  1. Discuss discovery considerations incident to both child custody and support.
  2. Discuss the bringing of enforcement proceedings and the options associated with this action.
  3. Discuss the law of Florida regarding adoption.
Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the
instructor, within the polices of the college and the department.
Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed
by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.