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Family Courts: Jurisdiction and Working


Family courts today form an integral part of the contemporary judicial system. Owing to the increase in the institution of suits pertaining to family matters, awareness of the practice and procedure before family courts becomes indispensible for lawyers and individuals and organizations striving for family welfare. However, law students and many in the legal fraternity are still not clear about the real-life practices and stepwise approach to handle matrimonial cases, maintenance and alimony, guardianship, custody and access of minors and the like and incidental matters, execution proceedings and appellate procedures.

This course gives the practical facet of the proceedings and procedure before the family courts. It provides the fees, forms and formats, counseling procedure under the order of a family court and other nuances. True-case-based assignments are given so that the learners get an in-the-court experience in the subject.



After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the functioning of the Family Courts and the practice and procedure involved
  • Assess the requirements and nuggets; and accumulate them to effectively present and conduct the matters before Family Courts.
  • Prepare notices, pleadings and evidences relevant to conduct suits before Family Courts
  • Employ the knowledge gained to pursue the matters before Family Courts


  • Module 1 – Inception and Working of Family Courts
  • Module 2 – Jurisdiction and Power of Family Courts
  • Module 3 – Civil Proceedings before Family Courts
  • Module 4 – Criminal Proceedings & Miscellaneous Matters
  • Module 5 – Matrimonial Matters
  • Module 6 – Maintenance and Alimony
  • Module 7 – Guardianship, Custody and Access of Minor Children
  • Module 8 – Critical Analysis & FAQs: Family Courts
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



Honors Badge


  • Lawyers
  • Legal Advisors and Counsel
  • Research Students
  • Common People Interested in learning about family courts

Level: Beginner and Intermediate

Language: English

Duration: 6 Months


Learners must submit all assignments and secure at least 50% marks in Certification Exam at the end of the course to obtain the course certificate.

About the Author

Premalatha S. is an Advocate and a Legal Consultant with over 13 years of vivid experience. She has done substantial practice in various agencies of law and justice including The High Court of Karnataka, Trial Courts, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Consumer Forums, Debt Recovery Tribunal, the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal, Labour Court and Quasi-judicial authorities and Alternate Dispute Mechanisms. Currently, she is heading a consultancy firm providing legal services with professional advice to a wide range of clients comprising individuals and companies in the arena of consumer protection, property transactions, family matters, alternate dispute mechanisms, banking and insurance, legal compliances and so on.

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