Diving Into the Different Types & Details of Family Law
In its simplest form, family law deals with family matters and domestic relations. However, there are a wide variety of marriage and divorce matters that fall under the umbrella of this type of law.
Let’s Start at the Beginning: First Comes Marriage
When most people think about marriage, they think about the wedding and the honeymoon. But, there are many other things to consider when entering into a legal union with another person.
Not all relationships are the same, either. Some couples might have a harder time getting married, depending on where they live and what the laws say. But, there are some common things all couples need to think about.
Let's Dive Into the Different Kinds of Divorce
A big part of family law is matters dealing with divorce. No one enters a marriage thinking they’ll end up getting a divorce.
The length of the marriage, whether you have kids, and what assets you have all become factors in how long your divorce will take.
Family law attorneys deal with a variety of divorce cases, including:
Dealing With the Effects of Divorce in Family Law Cases
When your marriage ends and the proceedings involve kids, there are some things you need to consider. You might need a family law attorney’s help to resolve child custody and child support issues.
Please remember, no matter how ugly it gets...
It’s important to keep the children’s best interests top of mind when deciding what to do.
There are 4 main types of child custody agreements:
- 1Legal Custody - Gives a parent the right to make long-term decisions about the child’s welfare, including education, medical care, dental care, and religious decisions.
- 2Physical Custody - The parent cares for the child on a daily basis. The child almost always lives with the parent with physical custody.
- 3Sole Custody - These custody arrangements are rare, but give sole physical and legal custody concerning the child’s rights to one parent. This is common if one parent is incapable of caring for the child due to drug abuse or evidence of child abuse.
- 4Joint Custody - Both parents are actively involved in making decisions for the child. Joint custody can refer to joint physical custody, joint legal custody, or both. If joint physical custody is granted, the child will alternate living with each parent for periods of time.
No matter how ugly it gets... or how much disdain you have for the other person, It's important to keep the children’s best interests top of mind when deciding what to do. #divorce #custodybattle
Child support is the other main thing to consider when you have kids and are going through a divorce. When a marriage ends, one parent might end up with custody of the child. The court might order the parent the child does not live with to use a portion of their income to pay monthly child support.
Sometimes, child support agencies get involved to make sure the child is getting the money they need to help with their daily needs. The court and agency often work together to put a withholding order in place, so money is automatically taken out of the parent’s paycheck.
Common Family Law Case Types
While you may think family law just deals with marriage and divorce, there are several other subject areas that lawyers in this practice of law cover.
Here is a list of some of the types of family law cases:
Making Plans to Protect Your Family in the Future
As we have discussed, family law covers a wide variety of things. When we think of family law, marriage and divorce are usually top of mind. However, what about planning for your future...and your family's future?
Whether you marry or divorce, it’s best to be sure that you and your family are protected. The easiest way to start is by writing a last will and testament. This legal document spells out your wishes for when you die.
It outlines who you want to get your assets after you’re gone and how you want your property managed. If you have children and pets, your will addresses who will take care of them.
A will is the most important document you can have to protect you and your family.
There are other important estate planning and preparation documents you should definitely have in place as well.
What Family Law is All About
If you think about it, family law offers a variety of ways to protect you and your family. Whether you are trying to reach a child custody settlement, thinking about adoption, or establishing guardianship, you’re ultimately looking for ways to make life better for you and/or your family.
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