What Is Family Law? Everything You Need to Know

In 2020, the divorce rate in Australia was 1.9 divorces per every 1,000 people.

The vast majority of those divorces were processed through family court. But family law actually involves more than just divorce proceedings.

While the issues around divorce are a significant part of family law, a family law attorney has a lot more expertise than that. They’re versed in everything from reproductive rights to adoption.

To learn more about family law and what a family law attorney does, read this quick, definitive guide.

What Is Family Law?

Family law is a very broad practice area.

Generally speaking, family law governs the legal responsibilities between one or more individuals that share a domestic connection. These individuals may be blood relatives, they may be related by marriage, or they may be more distant relatives.

The issues family law focuses on include marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, and more. But this area of law also intersects with others. For example, a child abuse case would involve both a criminal investigation as well as the family courts.

Other common areas that intersect with family law include estate planning, immigration, and naturalization law, as well as mediation and collaborative law.

What Does a Family Lawyer Do?

A family law attorney deals with all the family issues mentioned above, including marriage, divorce, child custody, and adoption. But they may also deal with issues you wouldn’t assume fall under family law. These include foster care, reproductive rights, paternity, and emancipation.

A family law attorney represents clients in a family law court. They handle negotiations and lead proceedings. They also take care of the paperwork and important legal documents (i.e. property settlements or court petitions).

As you might imagine, family law involves very sensitive matters and complicated relationships. It requires a delicate hand to navigate the issues that come up. A family lawyer is an invaluable resource in navigating these potentially choppy waters.

Who Needs a Family Law Attorney?

The vast majority of family law court proceedings are the result of divorce or the ending of a romantic relationship. That’s why many people think of family law attorneys as divorce attorneys. These lawyers take care of everything from filing for divorce to alimony and child custody.

But anybody who is dealing with legal matters of family and home may need the support of a family law attorney. These professionals can provide the best legal advice, based on experience. They’ll give the best protection to you and your loved ones as you move through the legal process.

Need Help Navigating Family Law Court?

Family law involves the legal responsibilities between individuals who share a domestic connection. It covers divorce, marriage, child custody, adoption, reproductive rights, and more.

Regardless of why you’re dealing with family court, a family law attorney is an invaluable asset in protecting yourself and your loved ones. Contact us to find out how we can help.