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Family Law - Adoption and Assisted Reproduction

Adoption and assisted reproduction is a developing and dynamic practice area. In the United States, starting in the 1960’s, contraception became widely available, abortion became legal, and the number of viable assisted reproduction methods increased, which led to the number of children available for adoption to decrease. We found ourselves redefining “family” and responding by overhauling the law of this new “family.”

Family Law - Child Custody, Support and Visitation

This course concentrates on practice and procedure in the area of child custody, support, and visitation. Federal courts traditionally abstain from family law matters, considering state legislatures and local courts better suited for resolving family issues. As a result, state law is the primary law affecting the support and care of children in the United States.

Family Law - Dissolution Case Management

Against a background of Constitutional and federal law, state law is the primary law of marriage and divorce in the United States. Basic principles and models of divorce, including alimony, child custody, and property division, remain fairly consistent through all states and territories. Applicable law, rules, procedures, and terminology may vary significantly from state to state and within states from city to city. “Custody” and “alimony” in one court may be “parenting time” and “spousal support” in another.

Family Law - Division of Property and Spousal Support

This course concentrates on practice and procedure in the area of alimony and property division.

How to Make Yourself Indispensable

Indispensable employees are always indispensable, no matter where they go or what they do. That’s because it’s more about attitude than skill set. They know the key to their success is to work smarter, not harder. They understand where to focus their energy to get the greatest return on their efforts. They take time out to plan and they offer a solution for every problem. They get the difference between being proactive and being reactive. They also know they are replaceable...and perhaps most importantly, they want to be replaceable.

Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence

People with high emotional intelligence are poised, outgoing, and cheerful, have empathy for others, express their feelings directly but appropriately, and have a capacity for developing meaningful relationships.This course will look at how developing your awareness of your emotions will enable you to be more productive and relate better to others on the job.  After completing this course, you'll be able to:

Land Use

This course provides an overview of zoning and land use regulation. Zoning is a type of public control that places many limits on how land is used. Each city or county places all its properties into zones for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, or other uses. Land use regulations vary widely from state to state, county to county, and city to city. Property owners can sometimes make requests for changes to the permitted uses and prohibited uses with applications for conditional uses, variances, zoning changes, or other requests.

Leadership Basics

After you’ve completed this course, you’ll be able to identify key characteristics of leaders. You’ll know how to build trust and confidence with employees, and you’ll avoid behaviors that undermine leadership. You’ll be more skilled at promoting teamwork and esprit de corps, and you’ll be prepared to act decisively. And last, but not least, you’ll be able to demonstrate leadership in a crisis.

Learning to Manage

Making the transition from doing work yourself to managing others can feel overwhelming. Learning to Manage is designed to help minimize the stress and walk you through the process of management by targeting five specific areas. You’ll learn to successfully handle staff, projects, performance, conflict, and even yourself as you evaluate and continuously improve your effectiveness as a manager. 

Navigating Difficult Conversations

Difficult conversations are inevitable in any workplace. Those conversations can create unhappiness, stress, and tension. They can also impair and even destroy relationships. When handled poorly, they are likely to result in serious problems that interfere with productivity and leave everyone involved feeling frustrated and dissatisfied.

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