What is Family Law? Family law includes a broad range of topics that all involve the family unit. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, prenuptial agreements, matrimonial issues, adoption, divorce, domestic violence, guardianship, and paternity. Let’s take a closer look at the two main areas of Family Law: divorce and child-related issues.
Divorce: Divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage by court order. Think of divorce as the untying of a matrimonial bond that allows both parties to move forward in their own direction. Usually, a Family Law attorney will find that the majority of his or her Family Law practice is devoted to matters that relate to divorce. Child custody, child support, spousal support, and the division of marital property are among these divorce-related matters.
Child-Related Family Law Issues: Almost every aspect of Family Law involves children. The most common places where the child becomes involved is during and after a divorce. During a divorce, the spouses must agree on child custody arrangements (also known as Parenting Time) and child support payments. A court will always consider the best interests of the child when making any decision involving a child. Child custody and child support agreements can usually be modified if changed circumstances warrant such modification. Other areas of Family Law that involve children are adoption, visitation, and emancipation.
Any area of Family Law can be sensitive because the matter is so personal to each client. Although the New Jersey Courts and Legal Services of New Jersey provide a lot of information about how to represent yourself, navigating Family Law issues can be difficult. It is always recommended to at least speak with a Family Law attorney before trying to resolve the issue or issues on your own. Many Family Law attorneys like the ones at Ahmad Law Offices offer free consultations. It may take a few meetings, but finding a Family Law attorney that you are comfortable with will pay dividends in the long run.
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