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What Is Included in Family Law?

Last updated 6 years ago

Family law is a broad specialty that encompasses all legal matters associated with family life. This includes contracts related to marriage, divorce, child care, and child support, as well as more broad legal violations, such as abuse, committed within families. This short overview explains some of the most important subsections of family law:

  • Prenuptial Agreements, Marriage, and Divorce: In addition to being a social and sometimes religious ceremony, marriage is also a binding legal contract. As with all legal contracts, it is best to enter into marriage with a full understanding of the relevant legal issues. A family law practitioner can help you draft a marriage contract that looks after both parties’ interests. One of the best ways to protect yourself from the possible negative ramifications of marriage is to draft a prenuptial agreement. In the case of divorce, this will protect your individual property and assert your rights to child support.

  • Custody and Child Support: If a couple who has children choose to separate, the care and custody of these children is often disputed. Family law attorneys who specialize in child custody can help parents assert their custody rights over their children and earn reasonable child support payments from the other party for the upkeep of those children.
  • Abuse, Neglect, and Juvenile Delinquency: If children are abused or neglected by their family members, it is extremely important to remove them from a dangerous situation. In these cases, family law attorneys use the law to protect children from guardians who have failed in their obligations to protect their children or dependents.

If you are facing any of these family matters, consulting with a family law attorney is the best way to find good advice and make informed decisions about your situations. To make an appointment with an experienced family law firm in San Jose, contact Moreno Family Law at (408) 266-9011 today.



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