Family Law – An Informational Overview

One of the most active areas of the law in the United States is classified as family law. Indeed, odds are strong that a person will become involved in one type of family law case or another at some juncture in his or her lifetime. Therefore, it is important for a person to have a basic understanding of family law. By way of this article you are provided an informational overview of family law in 21st century America.

At the outset it is important to understand that different jurisdictions define family law in different ways. In other words, certain jurisdictions include different types of court procedures, different types of cases within the overall umbrella of family law.

Generally speaking, the types of cases that can (in some instances) be included within the overall umbrella of family law might include: divorce cases, child custody cases, child support cases, parenting time cases, adoption cases, child in need of care cases and so forth. However, and again, it is important to understand that “family law” is a term of art with different meanings in different places.

You do need to keep in mind that there are specialists in the arena of family law. In fact, the reality is that there are attorneys that specialize in the various “sub-specialties” associated with family law. For example, a great many attorneys specialize in divorce law in this day and age.

Beyond attorneys specializing in various aspects of family law many jurisdictions actually set up specialized courts (or divisions within a court system) that is dedicated to dealing with family law related issues. Indeed, as is the case with members of the bar who practice in the family law arena, some jurisdictions actually establish specific courts (or judicial divisions) that address divorce or adoptions and so forth.

As mentioned previously in this article, you do need to appreciate that different jurisdictions do include different types of legal actions under the umbrella of family law. For example, while adoption cases in some jurisdictions are included with the arena of family law. However, in other jurisdictions adoptions are included within the province of the probate court or division. Therefore, if you have an issue relating to what you think is family law, you definitely want to make sure that you determine how the courts in your jurisdiction actually do handle the type of case that you think you are on the verge of becoming involved with at this point in time.

In considering family law more generally, and as was also alluded to previously in this informational article, divorce and divorce related cases really are the most common types of family law cases being pursued in this day and age. By way of example, in this day and age nearly one out of every two marriages end in divorce. Moreover, when a marriage does end in divorce, issues pertaining to divisions of assets and debts, issues relating to children born of the marriage and so forth take up a great deal of a family court’s time across the country.

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