Family law is defined as statutes, court decisions, and provisions of federal and state constitutions that relate to the rights, duties, finances, and relationships of families. Many individuals think of family law as being singularly focused on marriage and divorce, but the truth is that family law embodies much more than that.
Areas of Family Law
o In additions to marriages, family law covers civil unions and domestic partnerships, prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements.
- Adoption, Surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs)
o Annulment, property settlements, alimony, child custody, visitation, child support, and alimony.
- Juvenile Adjudication
o Children under a court’s jurisdiction, usually for delinquent behavior and not having a legal guardian that could be entrusted with being responsible for them.
- Paternity Law and Parentage Law for Unmarried Couples
Why Do I Need A Family Law Lawyer?
If you have questions about any of the situations mentioned above, it is best to meet with a family law attorney. Family attorneys have a full understanding of the case and circumstances that arise. While this page seeks to develop your understand of family law issues, it is not a substitute for having a lawyer to consult with and receiving the most knowledgeable and up-to-date information.