When you hear the term “family law,” divorce likely is the first thing that comes to your mind. While family law attorneys certainly do handle divorce cases, however, this is only the tip of the family law iceberg.
FindLaw explains that family law is a legal practice area that covers a wide range of specific issues and challenges that you and your family can face.
Family law examples
In addition to divorce, most family law attorneys can help you in the following areas as well:
- Child custody, visitation and support
- Spousal support
- Division of marital assets
- Divorce mediation
- Domestic violence
Other specific practice areas that fall under the heading of family law include the following:
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
- Emancipation of minors
Related practice areas
Family law also often intersects with other legal practice areas as well, and, depending on your needs, your family law attorney may work closely with other attorneys to help you solve your problems. For instance, if you have a special needs child, your family law attorney may work with an estate planning attorney to help you set up a special needs trust for that child.
Immigration and naturalization are two more practice areas in which family law attorneys often work in conjunction with other attorneys who devote their practices to these issues.
All in all, a family law attorney can give you good advice regarding virtually any issue you, your spouse or partner and your children may face. He or she can also competently represent you in all state courts if your issues require litigation or other court intervention.