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THE BASICS OF FAMILY LAW 

Family-LawFamily is an important part of life for any person on Earth, and we all have dreams about perfect family relations and healthy family members. No doubt that some lucky people manage to reach this goal at some point in their lives, and they can experience all the joy and satisfaction which comes with living in a happy family.

However, not all of us have the good fortunes to be part of that relatively small group of “the chosen ones”, since a vast majority of families are unhappy, miserable and only cause pain and suffering to its members. When a family reaches the “point of boiling”, i.e. when relations in the group become unbearable, people usually act in an aggressive manner or they try to separate themselves from the other members.

family-lawThese situations are exactly the ones which belong to an area of law which is known as the family law, and this enormous legal branch is dealing with millions of cases which have relations in the family as their underlying topic. Family law is spread out over different sub-topics, and the most common of them are marriages and civil unions, divorces, domestic violence, adoptions, child abuses, child custody and support, annulments, alimony, paternity testings, LGBT relations, and so on. As we can see, the list is pretty long and perhaps overwhelming, which means that lawyers who are dealing with family law have to be able to cover a wide range of subjects and legal topics. For further info useful resource here.

Family law is concerned with cases where parties are connected by marriage or blood, which  of course explains the name “family” law, but some cases can fall under this category even if the opposing parties are not directly related or under matrimonial obligation. However, a large body of case precedents and legal statuses governs this enormous area, and courts have to base their decisions on the history of previous similar situations.

One aspect of family law cases which is increasingly changing is the fact that this type of cases was openly adversarial in the past, which meant that the “winner and loser” had very conflicting emotions and increased tensions after the trial. Certain informal procedures are introduced to reduce this problem, such as family mediation for example.

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