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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LawShelf Educational Media | Evaluated Learning Experience

Alimony and Child Support (DRL-101)


Various (self-study, self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

June 2021 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Identify the variety of domestic relations laws that come into play when a marriage legally ends to determine the disposition of the marital property, the custody and support of any children, and the continuing financial support of one party by the other; Describe how and when a judge can terminate a parent’s custodial rights to a child; Differentiate among the different types of spousal support; Identify and analyze the factors used in calculating spousal support; Describe how the federal government enforces child support orders across state lines; Articulate the categories of expenses that all states require when calculating child support.


This course looks at the history of alimony and child support and the evolution of both concepts over time. The course covers jurisdiction - which courts can one go to for enforceable support orders. It also looks at federal and interstate support mechanisms and institutions that have been developed to make enforcing support orders easier.

Credit recommendation: 

In the associate/certificate degree category, 2 semester hours in Paralegal Studies (6/21).