What is Family Law?

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What is Family Law?

Family law is the area of law that deals with family relationships. This area of law includes things like establishing and breaking family relationships through a divorce and legal rights of parents. Family law addresses everything from adoption, custody of children, child support and alimony. Family law can be one of the most emotional areas of law as the practice relates to relationships and children.  Family law lawyers take a very personal approach to their client’s lives. Family law practice may involve any of the following topics:


Divorce is the process of breaking the bonds of the contract of marriage. When people get married in a legal system they form a legal relationship in the eyes of the state. When they wish to end the relationship they must go through the paperwork to legally remove the relationship from the eye’s of the state through a legal process.

Alimony and spousal support

A typical hot topic of family law is alimony and family support deals with financial obligations of family relationship as determined by the law.  It is a combination of the law and a formula that is defined from state to state based on an individual’s financial situation.

 Pre and post-nuptial agreements

Pre and post-nuptial agreements define the special considerations that supersede the law in terms of financial obligations and ownership of assets. It’s typically an agreement that defines who gets what and who owes what in a family relationship whether determined by marriage or birth of a child. Prenuptials happen before marriage, and post-nuptials happen after marriage.

Child custody

The most debated topic of family law is around child custody. Obviously, when it comes to children it is important to know who has rights to the children in the eyes of the law as this usually is the biggest argument that can occur.  The law helps define what is of best interest for the children while also being fair to the parents.

Child support

Children have the right to be supported from both of their parents. The law views child support as an equal responsibility where parents have to provide for their child to the best of their abilities. The goal is to provide the same level of support for the children so it is as if they lived in the same household with both father and mother.


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