The family unit of today has drastically changed from just a few years ago. The rights and laws have changed making matter much more complicated for lawyers and clients alike. “Family law,” therefore, refers to rules, regulations, and court procedures involving the family unit. While some family law matters may be handled without counsel, processes such as divorce and child custody often require the skill and expertise of an experienced attorney. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family. Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists and that means that these attorneys have met the certifying body’s minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.
Marriage law – an attorney may be required when there are multiple marital factors and the need max exist in getting help to negotiate prenuptial or premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples. Other relevant legal issues affecting their relationships may require specific experience and litigation resources. Some examples may include the rights of same-sex couples to get married, laws regarding divorce, and the process of adopting a child are governed by state and federal laws.
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Divorce – spouses who go through separation and divorce suffer both financially and emotionally. Having an attorney is important because you must be knowledgeable of the state and local laws as well as understand processes and procedures with the courts. You will have to decide what to do with finances, home, and retirement pay. Also, if children are involved, you will need a parenting plan and possibly pay child support.
Child custody and support – this may entail having to have a parenting plan between you and your soon-to-be former spouse in regards to how much time you’ll get with your child and everyone’s schedules. Also, each state provides guidance regarding how much child support is minimally required including health and dental benefit coverage.
Adoption – people these days are mobile such that couples may elect to adopt a child within their own country or from another country. The attorney must be familiar with laws and have specialized experience, in some cases. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.
Emancipation of minors – this may seem like a simple issue, the child needs to establish their ability to independently live and support themselves before a court will grant emancipation. Emancipation is defined as the freeing of a minor from parental control. The court must determine emancipation on a case-by-case basis, and you, as the minor party seeking emancipation, must satisfy the court that you can financially support yourself and take on adult responsibilities. The emancipation cannot be granted by a request of the child but typically is granted when the parent requests it.