Family law deals with statutes that decide on family-related issues and domestic relations, such that family lawyers represent clients in a divorce and issues related to divorce, like division of marital property, child custody and support, and alimony. Part of family law, which covers adoption and guardianship, juvenile delinquency, child abuse and neglect, is a particular specialty law which some family law practitioners have developed as their specialization practice. Basically, family lawyers are trained to compose prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and litigate related matters and they can represent victims or perpetrators of domestic violence in civil protection order proceedings and can represent clients who are accused of domestic violence, but this time in a criminal proceeding.
In practice, the following are the main tasks and skills of a family lawyer: litigate contested matters that fall under family law; must acquire skills in drafting and negotiating contracts, pleadings, legal documents; resolve family-related issues; must develop exceptional, interpersonal skills in emotionally, volatile situations.
Because family-related issues are sensitive cases, family law practitioners are trained to handle these cases: divorce – each partner is represented by their own lawyer to help devise a settlement plan to avoid trial and these are included in the settlement plan: marital property, computation of spousal support, plan for child custody, visitation and support; child custody/child support – any settlement agreements and court orders are connected into the divorce case, but may be revisited by family lawyers when the conditions with respect to child support changes based on the changes of the financial capacity of the non-custodial parent; paternity cases – usually filed by the mother to secure child support from the absentee father, to which family lawyers are also able to handle such cases; adoption/foster care – due to the complexity … Read More ...Read More →