Learning about family law can be a difficult and emotional process for you and your loved ones. After all, you might seek an attorney to help with a divorce or negotiate the terms of guardianship and alimony. Before you try to navigate the complexities of the legal system alone, be sure to consider the value of legal assistance.
An Evolving and Complex System
Legal codes are constantly evolving and adapting to new policies made at every level of government. This means family law is a complicated system and should only be navigated with the support of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. After all, all lawyers are required by the American Bar Association to pursue ongoing education throughout their career.
As an example of these complexities, child support payments are determined by a fixed formula based on variables like income and assets, while alimony is based on demonstrating a need and … Read More
If you are in need of locating a good attorney, one who specializes in family law, then you need someone who can look after your interests as well as the interests of your children. I have listed five options to help you find the attorney who is right for you.
1. Check with Friends, Family – People you know can be an excellent resource to help you locate a family law attorney. Somebody you know probably has been through a similar experience; their advice and support can be useful to you.
2. The Bar Association – A local or state bar association can be a wonderful resource as they will tell you which of their members specialize in Family Law. Get a hold of that list, contact the attorneys directly, and interview them. Typically, your first visit is free so that you can learn what the family law attorney will … Read More
For people who are divorcing or dealing with other family law problems this is an alternative type of resolution process. The ones in these cases work to reach a solution together along with a family attorney. In some cases, they also have the help of financial advisors and mental health counselors. When collaborative family law is chosen the solutions to the family law matters is done without going to court. It is a process that is meant to be less adversarial than dispute-resolution processes in other types of family law. The ultimate goal is to come in an agreement that is in the best interest for all parties involved, which can include children.
Collaborative family law was originally developed to be used in the divorce process. To use this process, both parties need to agree to participate in this out-of-court process. It will not be effective if either party does … Read More
This article provides information on what a family law facilitator (herein after referred to as “facilitator”) is and can and cannot do in terms of providing you assistance with your family legal situation. Each California Superior Court should have an attorney or facilitator office (sometimes called the family court clinic) that can provide free help with your family legal related matters. These attorneys work at the court facilitator’s office. Some facilitator office’s have both attorneys and paralegals on staff to provide non-legal assistance to consumers seeking help with their family legal issues.
What a Family Law Facilitator Can Do – The services provided at the California Superior Court by each facilitator office at can vary. In some counties the family law facilitator can show you how to fill out court forms, help you with your dissolution or divorce or child custody issues while others do not. Some counties limit the … Read More
Family law covers a wide range of legal issues involving children and marriage, and a family law judge is the one that presides over these cases. They may hear cases that are related to child custody, divorce, termination of a parent’s rights, and questionable paternity. They may also decide monetary matters for those that have cases in family law. For example, a family law judge may decide whether to grant child or spousal support and the total that should be given. In some courts, the judge may preside over cases of child neglect and abuse.
Such a judge applies the law in their jurisdiction to the parties that appear before them in court, including the families and attorney. The judge will preside over hearings, trials, and makes the decisions in accordance to the law and are fair. Before they hand down their ruling, the judge will usually listen to each … Read More
This is a branch of the law that deal with domestic relations and family matters like marriage, adoption, child abuse, child abduction, property settlements, child support and visitation, and more. It is also referred to as matrimonial law. In many jurisdictions, family courts are the ones with the most-crowded court dockets. The attorney who handles these types of cases is called a family law attorney or lawyer. The main two issues that this lawyer would handle are legal separations and divorce. During these issues, the attorney would attempt to dive marital property, advocate the amount that should be paid for alimony and child support, settle child custody issues, and set visitation rights. In divorce and separation cases, each party will have their own family law attorney. If no settlement can be reached for any issues they could be taken into the court and they judge would usually issue the final … Read More
Gender roles and family relationships in Haiti have their roots in the diverse cultural backgrounds of the populace. Broadly speaking, the two major cultural influences are African and French. At one extreme is the African heritage. Among the Afro-Haitians who occupy the three lowest classes in the Haitian society, Middle Class, Urban Low Class and Rural Peasantry, the African cultural heritage is still very strong. This is particularly evident in the areas of marital relationships, defined roles of each gender before and after marriage, types of marriages and the extended family system. At the other extreme you have the Franco-Haitians or mulattoes, who have embraced French heritage wholesale, and who occupy the elite upper class of Haitian society.
Rural Haiti is where the vast majority of Haitians live and the people are mostly Afro-Haitians. In these parts of Haiti, the twin influences of their African heritage and … Read More