What You Should Know About Family Law

When issues arise within the family unit or domestic relationships get out of hand, family law is the branch of judicial problem solving that deals with a wide range of family-related issues. Throughout the United States, it is the family courts that often handle the heaviest caseload, as many jurisdictions tackle concerns that deal with gaining custody of a child to dealing with the proper procedure of finalizing a divorce.

Within the system, family law cases extend to the wealthiest of local residents to the poorest of single-parent families. No social or economic class has been spared the family court system when any area of family law is involved. Below are some of the many different areas of regulation attached to family law:

When two people wish to get married, they have to go through family law to get the proper approval needed to continue their wedding plans. The same goes for civil unions and domestic partnerships. A civil union provides same-sex couples the rights, benefits, and responsibilities much like the parameters associated with married opposite-sex couples. Domestic partnerships recognizes relationships between two people who live together in a domestic setting that have chosen not to enter traditional marriage, common-law marriage, or a civil union.

Family law then deals with the legal issues that arise during marriage. They will step in when married couples inflict harm upon one another. They will oversee adoption processes and settle surrogacy issues. When a parent abducts his or her own child, family law will be called upon to hear out the case. Child abuse is also an important branch of the law that falls under the most pressing family-related concerns.

When the relationship between two people has soured and the termination of their union has arrived, family law will deal with the matters concerning divorce and annulments. They will see that property settlements and alimony payments are arranged. In the United States, the responsibilities of the parents are dealt with under family law, such as custody hearings, visitation rights, and child support awards.

Gabriel Adams

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6 thoughts on “What You Should Know About Family Law


    (February 24, 2010 - 8:52 pm)

    What kind of boundaries should family have?
    My husband and I are pretty particular about what our boys watch and play with. We have some family members who know about these boundaries and despite our polite requests still send these types of gifts. When it’s a token of love for our child, should we take it away from our child when it directly conflicts with what we teach, or should we attempt to explain why we don’t do it..and let them play with the toy? We don’t want to breed self-righteousness in our kids..but we also be consistent in how we run our home.


    (February 25, 2010 - 1:54 am)

    you say send so i am assuming you are getting these in the mail, if that is the case, I would open it first, return the gift that conflicts with your beliefs and get them something else. Since these family members are unwilling to listen to you.
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    (February 25, 2010 - 1:56 am)

    im sure your relatives are not sending things that would be harmful to your kids. it sounds like you may be a little over protective. but some more info like what kinds of toys and the ages of your kids migh help us undestnd more what you mean.
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    (February 25, 2010 - 1:58 am)

    If they are going against your direct (and polite) requests, then you have every right to return/exchange these gifts, free of guilt. You should not compromise your beliefs because others are pushy and don’t respect your requests. They are basically saying with their actions that they think your beliefs/practices are stupid and not worth being respected.
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    (February 25, 2010 - 2:00 am)

    my family kept giving my kids religious gifts. i said no. they put guilt on me. i told them i would sell it and give the kids the money. they got really mad. way more guilt trips. she is 7 and they finally just stopped
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    (February 25, 2010 - 2:02 am)

    They know what you feel is inappropriate. They still send the gifts so you have every right to take the gifts away. What are the gifts you don’t like and why don’t you like them? You need to explain this to your kids every time they get a gift that you don’t allow. After the boy opens the gift explain and then tell him you’ll exchange it for a gift of his choice. It doesn’t breed self-righteousness–it shows a kid to stand up for what they believe in. Explain that it’s okay for their cousins to play with these toys but in your family you don’t feel it’s right. Explain the fact that every family is different. They need to understand that while they aren’t better then the rest of the family but they are different. Tricky but it can be done. Best of Luck!
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