What is Family Law?
Laws cover a wide array of topics intended to cover most of its citizens’ needs. Because of the sheer number of laws to be found, they are often divided into categories, depending on the issue or topic they deal with. Laws that deal with a common topic are often grouped together and a lawyer may choose to specialize in a particular field of law.
Family Law is a branch of law that deals with family relationships and the legal issues that stem from them. More accurately, it is a term intended to refer to different laws, all of which cover family relationships and are thus categorized under Family Law.
Common topics included under the term are divorce, separation, emancipation, alimony, and prenuptial agreement. However, it’s worthwhile to note that while these may be the most common issues involved in Family Law, the term is not solely restricted to the aforementioned. An attorney practicing or specializing in Family Law often covers several areas of specialization within the category as well.
Family law deals with extremely personal issues. Generally, the purpose of family law is to find a balance in the relationships of the opposing parties in a case. For example, in a case of divorce, one purpose for the existence of family law is to ensure that the children receive adequate care through financial agreements and workable care arrangements.
Family law can also protect the most vulnerable. For example, an abused spouse may seek refuge under the Family Law Act of 1975 and file for a family violence order. Another example of this is emancipation, where a child may go through a process where a minor is judged to be self-supporting and for all intents and purposes assumes adult responsibility for his/her person.
Hiring a lawyer is recommended when it comes to dealing with issues falling under Family Law. A professional who is familiar with the intricacies of the law can help the process become easier and ease the burden on the person.