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What Is Family Law?

Family law governs legal issues related to marriage, children, and family relationships. These legal issues are complex, and they can have a serious impact on you and your family. Thus, it is important to understand the laws and procedures that surround these issues in order to make the best decision for you and your family.

Most Popular Family Law Topics

Divorce vs. Annulment

When getting a divorce, there is a lot to understand because divorce often involves several family law issues. It is important to learn the basics of the divorce process, how to determine child support and custody, and the rules that concern the division of property.

Gay Marriage and Domestic Partnerships

Same-sex marriage laws differ from state to state. Since many couples that are in same-sex relationships and domestic partnerships do not share the same rights as couples in a legally-recognized marriage, there are some unique things to consider when structuring your relationship.


The mediation process is frequently used for negotiating divorce settlements and property division during a divorce. Mediation is usually less expensive than court litigation and can help prevent future conflicts.

Military Family Issues

People who are in the military are governed by a different set of laws and procedures than those used in the civilian legal system. These laws control military pension plans, child support, and child custody, among other issues.

Name Changes

There are different procedures and regulations that concern name changes, which vary between jurisdictions. Some jurisdictions are more restrictive than others.


Should I Contact a Family Law Attorney?

Family law issues are complicated and difficult to understand, especially during an emotional time. Not making the right decision can result in life-long financial and emotional consequences. A family lawyer can help you understand your situation and can represent your best interests in a legal dispute.


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