Family law is specific area of the law dealing with such things as family related issues and domestic relations, including the following:
– The nature of marriage, as well as civil unions and domestic partnerships.
– Issues that arise within a marriage, such as abuse, legitimacy, paternity, adoption, surrogacy and child abduction
– The termination of the relationship and ancillary matters, which includes divorce, division of assets and liabilities due to divorce, annulment, property settlements, termination of parental rights, alimony, support, dependency, child neglect, protection from abuse, and parental responsibility orders.
In the United States, child custody and visitation, child support and alimony awards problems.
There are a lot of issues or problems with family law. For example, supporters of Alimony reform critique the family law system, arguing that it pits divorcing couples against each other over child support and alimony, creating a hostile environment for the family and requiring large payments to divorce attorneys. The ones who win are the divorce attorneys. While the former couples and their devastated children barely survive if they survive at all.
Also, it can be extremely challenging and unpleasant for a divorce attorney when one or both parties is set on making the process as difficult as possible in a self defeating attempt to hurt the other party.
Occasionally, trials can last several days. This can be due to the warring parties and/or the state’s or province’s elaborate laws.
In the twenty first century, more people than ever are getting divorced. This is due to laws making it easier and people giving up more easily on their partners.
Family law is extremely stressful, not only for the divorcing couples, but also for the emotionally involved family lawyers. So there is a lot of turnover.
Family law attorneys must possess the skills of a litigator, negotiator, time manager, counselor, accountant and financial advisor.
Although there are certainly some advantages of family law, they are few and far between. It is very rewarding knowing that someone has been helped through a difficult time due to the efforts of a family lawyer. Also, collaborative law is a structured alternative process to the usual negative and stressful litigation process used by divorcing parties. The process has successfully achieved satisfactory results for divorcing parties and is much less stressful for the attorney as well.
So although family law is necessary, we hope you won’t have to go through such an ordeal.