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Most Common Family Law Issues:

What Is Family Law?

Family law covers a broad variety of legal issues concerning families, relationships, and children. Typically, these issues are dealt with in specialized family law courts. (However, family laws vary from state-to-state.) Learn more about common family law issues below.

Marriage and Relationships

Many legal issues arise out of marital and other committed relationships. A family law attorney can help you understand your legal rights. Common issues dealing with marriage and relationships include:

Divorce, Child Support, and Custody

Most family law disputes involve the breakup of marriages and other relationships. When a relationship ends, the couple must divide their property, resolve child custody issues, and determine whether child support or alimony payments are necessary.

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Adoption, Guardianship, and Parenting Issues

Sometimes, biological parents cannot care for a child. In these circumstances, adoption or legal guardianship may be appropriate. (While adoption is a permanent solution, legal guardianship can be temporary.) Since courts must take a child’s best interests into account in all of these matters, a guardian ad litem is frequently appointed to advocate for the child.

Domestic Violence and Abusive Relationships

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you have significant legal rights. Contact both law enforcement officials and a family law attorney for help. While law enforcement will investigate the situation and possible criminal charges, a family law attorney can help you obtain protective orders and other relief.

What Is the Family Law Process?

Each state has its own laws regulating family law. Family law issues are usually resolved through stipulation, mediation, or trial.

Should I Contact a Family Law Attorney?

Family law issues are emotionally charged and can have far-reaching consequences. A simple mistake can be costly—resulting in financial losses and reduced time with your children. A family lawyer can help you navigate the family law courts and protect your interests.

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Last Modified: 07-28-2017 10:23 AM PDT

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