Family law is a body of legislative statues and judicial case precedents of which governs the relationship and responsibilities between those whom share domestic relationships. On average, the majority of family law cases concern those whom are blood related, or related by marriage. However, family law can and does concern those outside of this affiliation as well. This kind of law is especially heinous as it is more emotionally charged in respect to other types of law.
Family law comes from a cornucopia of proceedings, yet most come as a direct result of divorce and sexual or romantic relationships. Attorneys for this type of law do a variety of things. Their responsibilities can include helping clients with child custody battles, such as visitation rights, as well as alimony or child support. Property division is also a major issue concerning family law because it deals so much with divorce or separation. In recent years, this is to include domestic partnership as states become more liberal in their laws.
A huge issue during the termination of marriages, relationships and domestic partnerships arise from property rights. Usually, the states have a predetermined set of laws in place to determine such property rights, however, lawyers can be hired to go around these preset laws to create something referred to as a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. This agreement gives ownership of said property to the agreed upon parties. They are normally drafted prior to a marriage to protect ownership, such as a dog or house. Yet, they can include things obtained during the relationship as well. Unless there is concern of such things as fraud or undue duress, for the majority of the time the courts will enforce these drafted prenuptial agreements when divorce or separation occurs.
In cases of family law, because they can be so emotional, most people tend to hire attorneys that primarily practice in this type of law. Doing so can be very advantageous to both parties in the dispute. In doing so, most attorneys are capable of finding hidden assets or money that the other party is trying to hide from the courts, help in cases regarding custody battles in which child support, alimony, or visitation rights are in jeopardy, and even in extreme cases take the other party to court when talks of settlement fall through.
The most important thing that these attorneys do is ensure that their client does not waive their legal rights.