What Is Family Law?

by Clayton Crowley
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on 17 June 2014
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Family law encompasses a broad range of legal topics
involving marriage and children. Common family law subjects include divorce or
annulment, child custody and visitation rights, child support payments, and
spousal support / alimony.

Family law specifically deals with children in
regards to adoption, guardianship, and state child protection, and domestic
violence and restraining orders for adults.

What's the difference between Divorce and Annulment?

Both divorce and annulment are court procedures that
dissolve a marriage. However, unlike a divorce, an annulment treats the
marriage as though it never happened. The vast majority of dissolutions of
marriage are done through divorce.

How Are Child Custody and Visitation Established?

Courts deciding child custody and visitation matters will
always make a decision based on the "best interests of the child."

What Is Child Support?

"Child support" is the amount of money a parent is
required by law to pay to the spouse who retains primary custody of the child.
Child support is intended for the benefit of the child, and usually pays for:

◾Food, shelter, and clothing

◾Health and medical care

◾Educational expenditures

What Is Spousal Support / Alimony?

Spousal support (also know as alimony) represents regular
payments made from one spouse to the other during a separation or after a
divorce. The purpose of spousal support is to recognize the recipient spouse's
contribution to the marriage and to assist that spouse to achieve financial
independence where possible.

What Is Family Law Mediation?

Family law mediation, or family mediation, is a type of
method used to resolve family disputes.
In family mediation, a neutral, third party mediator helps the two parties
smooth out their differences and reach agreements on various points of
contention. While family mediation can
save the parties time and costs associated with trial, the decisions reached
may not be legally binding, as the process is somewhat informal.

Family law mediation is similar to other types of
alternative resolution methods like family conciliation or arbitration.

Do I Need a Family Attorney?

The Court process for any family law matter can often be
very confusing, so it may be wise to consult with a family attorney to help
explain your rights and to protect your interests. A lawyer experienced in
family law will know how to navigate through the complicated legal process in
an efficient manner, and be there when you have questions.

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