Article submitted by Barry K. Rothman.
Family law includes all the rules, regulations and cases that govern individuals who share a domestic connection. Most of the cases handled in Family Law are cases that are related to blood marriage. However, in some cases, Family Law can include distant and casual relationships as well.
Most Family Law cases are due to a termination of marriage or a romantic relationship. Cases include separation or divorce, alimony, and child custody, visitation, and support. Some cases will also include the division of property at the end of marriage.
Different states will have a comprehensive list of laws that they will use to determine the rights of each party. However, if a couple does not want to follow these laws, they should speak to a lawyer who can draw up a prenuptial agreement before marriage. If a prenuptial agreement is present, courts will enforce this agreement in the absence of fraud or duress.
Family Law also includes the avoidance of physical and emotional abuse that may be present in a marriage. Although courts will most often consider the abused spouse or children, there are cases where an elderly family member, someone in a dating relationship, or a roommate has been considered. In most cases, abusers will be issued a restraining order for a period.
Hiring a skilled lawyer for a Family Law case is crucial as most often the situation is emotionally charged and a lawyer can provide a clear understanding and representation for a client who is not thinking clearly.