When one thinks of family court, marriage, divorce, adoption, domestic abuse, child abuse and other related topics generally come to mind. All of these issues, and more, are addressed in family law.
Family law is ruled largely by statute, but common law precedent plays an important role, as well, and these rules and laws vary from state to state. Although family court is the most well know judiciary body for this area of law, other courts and administrative bodies share jurisdiction as well. Many of the courts offer access to self-help services and legal forms for individuals to proceed without an attorney, but complications can easily arise and retaining an attorney is most often the wiser decision.
Family Law Definition
Family law covers rules for living together, prenuptial agreements, marriage, divorce, alimony, and mediation, along with the laws on domestic violence, child support, child custody and visitation, adoption, same-sex marriage, elder care, and senior law. Laws governing these areas vary from state to state. Family law courts hear cases involving these areas. Many of the courts offer access to self-help services and legal forms for individuals to proceed without an attorney. Visit Us at Google+ Copyright HG.org
State Divorce Laws
Family Law - US
- ABA - Section of Family Law
The Section of Family Law has over 10,000 lawyer, associate and law student members across the country and worldwide. Our members are dedicated to serving the field of family law in areas such as adoption, divorce, custody, military law, alternative families, and elder law.
- Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.
- Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Family Law
Here you will find various material on the legal aspects of Marriage, Divorce, Children, etc... split into a number of overlapping categories.
- Family Law - State Statutes
State statutes regarding all family law legislation such as marital and domestic relations as well as children.
- Family Law - Wikipedia
Family law is an area of the law that deals with family-related issues and domestic relations including, but not limited to: the nature of marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships; issues arising during marriage, including spousal abuse, legitimacy, adoption, surrogacy, child abuse, and child abduction; the termination of the relationship and ancillary matters including divorce, annulment, property settlements, alimony, and parental responsibility orders (in the United States, child custody and visitation, child support awards).
- Family Law Organization - Family Law Code by State
At Family Law Organization we have established a valuable Family Law resource for both attorneys and parents alike.
- Uniting American Families Act
Under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents may sponsor their spouses (and other immediate family members) for immigration purposes. But same-sex partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not considered "spouses" and their partners cannot sponsor them for family-based immigration. . The Uniting American Families Act (formerly the Permanent Partners Immigration Act) would help to remedy this injustice.
- US Department of Health and Human Services - Families
This page contains information to help you improve your health, the health of your loved ones, and to assist those who need help with daily life. All of the topics open-up to display many links to helpful information.
Articles on HG.org Related to Family Law
- What Happens to a Married Couple's House During Divorce?Interest rates are at historic lows and divorcing couples and people in general are buying and selling homes in increasing numbers. This exasperates the already common question - "What happens to a couple's home during their divorce?"
- Charged with Domestic Violence?When most people think of domestic violence, they think of some sort of physical confrontation between husband and wife or romantic partners. While this is true, keep in mind that the definition of domestic violence of Florida is very expansive and includes many other types of criminal actions.
- 8 Ways to Prepare for Divorce FinanciallyThere are too many people that are not ready financially when their spouse decides to file for divorce. If you suspect that a divorce is in your future, it is important to take certain steps to protect yourself and your financial future, including the following:
- Seperation - Very often couples suffer a great deal, in the course of a marriage.These become painful and hard experiences. In many cases women experience bad treatment at the hands of their husbands for a long time and want to dissolve the marriage but often the husband threatens that heíll never give a divorce.
- Michigan's MIP Law Offers Deferred ProsecutionThe Michigan MIP law allows Courts to dismiss the case if the minor successfully completes a probationary period. Deferred prosecution protects the underage drinker from jail and a permanent criminal record. On the other hand, the repeat offender faces potential jail time, costly probation conditions and a mandatory license suspension.
- Modification of Child Support in TexasMy husband got a job and makes more money. I make a lot less money now than when my divorce was final. My children live with a different parent now. Can we change the amount of child support? In the changing economy, these are very common questions. Fortunately, the answers are simple. The answer is yes, child support can be modified.
- Factors Determining Child Custody under Georgia LawGoing through a divorce is difficult on everyone, but a divorce can be particularly hard when you and your partner need to determine who gets custody of the kids. GA child custody law keeps the best interests of the child in mind, and who receives child custody will depend on a variety of different factors. The guidance of an experienced lawyer from is imperative if you want to win custody after a divorce.
- U.S. Census Shows Fewer Divorces in NortheastThe results from the 2011 American Community Survey, published by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012 showed that the state with the lowest percentage of divorced residents was New Jersey.
- The Cheapest Way to DivorceThe typical divorce process is very expensive and can cost upwards of $15,000. Using the method of divorce mediation instead, couples can save both time and money while ending their marriages.
- Equitable Distribution in New York State: How Property is Divided in DivorceWhen a couple divorces in New York State, how the partiesí property will be divided must be agreed upon between the spouses or determined by the court. The process of determining how to fairly divide property between two spouses is referred to as equitable distribution. This does not mean that property is divided 50/50 between each party, but rather, the court considers what each party contributed to the marriage and what each personís needs are in order to fairly distribute marital property.
- All Family Law Articles
Articles written by attorneys and experts worldwide discussing legal aspects related to Family Law including: adoption, alimony, child support and custody, child visitation, collaborative law, divorce, domestic violence, elder law, juvenile crime, juvenile law, juvenile probation, paternity, pre-nuptial agreement, separation.
Publications Related to Family Law
- ABA Guide to Family Law
Online guide providing a greater understanding of the rights and responsibilities of people who are married, divorced, or living together. It could also help you work with others (including your attorney) to resolve disputes and plan for the future.
- Family Law Publications
The Section of Family Law provides a variety of publications to meet your educational and informational needs.
- National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Family Law Publications
The NCJFCJ has an extensive library of family law-related publications.
Organizations Related to Family Law
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers mission: To encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the cause of matrimonial law, to the end that the welfare of the family and society be protected.
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
The goal or purpose of collaborative law is to offer attorneys and their clients a structured, non-adversarial alternative to an adversarial system of dispute resolution. It guarantees consumers of legal services high quality, skilled legal counsel to assist in the evaluation and resolution of a problem, without litigation.
- International Society of Family Law
The International Society of Family Law is an international scholarly organization dedicated to the study and discussion of family law. At present (July 2008) the Society has more than 630 members (scholars, lawyers, government officials, and other professionals) in at least 60 different countries around the world. English and French are the official languages of the Society.
- National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
The NCJFCJ offers training, technical assistance, and publications focusing on the many challenging issues that family court judges and professional struggle with on a daily basis.
- Resolution, First for Family Law - UK
Resolution, which was formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA), is an organisation of 5000 lawyers who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Resolution also campaigns for improvements to the family justice system. Resolution supports the development of family lawyers through its national and regional training programmes, through publications and good practice guides and through its accreditation scheme. Resolution also trains and accredits mediators and is the only body providing training and support for collaborative lawyers in England and Wales.
Family Law - International
- ABA - International Family Law Committee
The jurisdiction of the International Family Law Committee includes those family law matters that transcend national borders, including issues involving international child abduction, enforcement of child support and maintenance orders across borders, intercountry adoption, marriage and divorce issues and related immigration matters that may arise when individuals from different countries marry, and issues affecting incapacitated adults and the administration of their assets. The Committee in particular focuses on the development or enforcement of multilateral conventions governing these family law questions. The Committee includes practitioners working in the field of international family law as well and academics and policy makers interested in this emerging area of practice.
- EISIL - International Section on Family Law
This section covers issues arising from family relations, such as marriage and divorce, child abduction, and maintenance obligations in a cross-border context.
- Family Law - AIRE Center
The AIRE Centre brings you an exciting opportunity to keep abreast and updated with information and litigation in family law and the European Convention on Human Rights.
- Transnational and Comparative Family Law - Harmonization and Implementation
"Transnational" (or "transactional") law is becoming a frequent phenomenon in the practice of law and now occupies a prominent place in the study of international and comparative law. Both academic and practitioner-oriented information sources point to ways to locate and connect national laws with treaties and regimes of harmonization; however, commercial and procedural rules have been, in general, easier to locate than substantive and harmonized law in the family law area. This guide points researchers to significant electronic and print sources in transnational and comparative family law.