Family courts specifically handle family law matters. They are civil courts and may be utilized for various types of family-related claims. A family court judge presides over the court and is trained to handle different family law issues. Many different types of personnel contribute to the operations of family courts, including:
Family courts process all types of claims, including:
Not all family law matters go to court. Many family law issues are resolved through alternative, out-of-court methods. For instance, family law mediation is common for issues like divorce or property settlements. Mediation is where a third neutral party helps facilitate a discussion between the parties so they can resolve the dispute.
Some family law issues also involve criminal matters (such as domestic cases involving assault). These must be processed accordingly in a criminal court.
Issues in family law can often require legal assistance. They can also take a long time to fully resolve. You may wish to hire a family law lawyer if you need help with any family law issues. Your attorney can provide you with legal assistance for your claim. Also, if you need to appear in family law court, your attorney can represent you and guide you during the process.
Last Modified: 04-23-2018 12:34 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.