For those unaware of what the term “family law” means, in this article, we will be explaining in detail the definition, what it covers, and how best to use it for protecting the future of your family.

Family law is the branch of law that deals mainly with family related matters and domestic issues which include marriage, divorce, domestic partnership, property arrangements, civil unions, adoption,  child care, support and custody, marital rights and several other family related problems.  Most family law cases are presided over by a family law court established by state and federal laws. This court of law is established with an aim to provide long lasting solutions to family related issues including divorce, child custody and child support.

Family law attorneys do not only specialize in handling family law cases but also serve as a family counselor providing legal advice when it comes to resolving family issues amicably. With their level of experience, they are well equipped to provide preventive measures aimed at curbing escalation of family related issues. A family attorney functions as both a legal adviser and a mediator, and advise against unnecessary litigation where reconciliation is possible.

A family law attorney ensures your family rights are protected and proactive steps are taken to protect the rights of clients in the case of a divorce. Family law focuses on many family related matters which include divorce litigation, property arrangements, and child custody, to finding the root cause of the separation.

In the case of a divorce, family law stipulates the amount of support required for sustainable growth and development, the obligations to be fulfilled by a party, and rights that must be protected. Family law also covers property issues that may arise as a result of family dispute. A family law attorney ensures legitimate division of assets and liabilities while ensuring you get your own fair share of the property. Family law addresses family abuse be it physical or emotional. This area of law reserves the right to terminate the parental rights of an abusive parent. But when issues that are not specifically defined under family law affect the family directly or indirectly, then litigation might be used to resolve the issue.

What is family law really concerned about? 

Family law clearly establishes the roles and responsibilities of each family member. The law clearly defines the marital and parental obligations between couples. It also states the role of partners involved in a domestic relationship and other civil unions as established by the law. Children’s rights are also protected by family law whether biological or adopted. Family law is strictly based on equity as it does not discriminate; one of the major roles of a family law attorney is to protect the rights of family members regardless of their gender, status, race or denomination.