What Is Family Law?
Family law is the legal framework for resolving
marriage and family issues. Family law
specifically deals with:
• Custody of children
• Child Support
• Child Visitation
• Property and Debt Division
• Restraining Orders
Divorce, Child Support, and Custody
• Divorce: Divorce is a court procedure that dissolved the
marriage between a husband and wife. Each state has their
own procedure for divorce, but majority of states have
adopted “No Fault” approach.
• Child Support: Federal law requires that courts use some
kind of official guidelines or formulas when determining
child support payments. Federal law has not adopted one
guideline, but each state has its own method.
• Child Custody: States require to determine child custody
based on the best interest of the child and a consideration
of each parent is considered
The Family Law Process
What is the Family Law Process?
Each state has its own laws governing family law. Family law
issues are usually resolved through mediation, stipulation, or
Stipulation: When parties agree on an issue, they can make it
into a stipulation agreement and submit it to court for approval
Mediation: When parties disagree on certain issues, a court will
order the parties to go to mediation.
Trial: If parties are unable to agree even after a mediation, the
case may go to trial. A family law attorney is highly
recommended in this phase.
Do I Need a Family Law Attorney?
Family law attorneys can handles a variety of cases that deal with legal
relationships among family members including parents, children,
husband, and domestic partners.
What Type of Family Law Attorney Do I Need?
Choosing the type of family law attorney depends on the type of legal
issues that you are facing. Adoption lawyers are those that specialize
in the process that recognizes an adult as the parent of the child. Child
support lawyers deal with child custody, visitation, and support of a
child after a divorce or separation of couples. Divorce lawyers
specialize in the largest area of family law and help clients in property
division, the divorce process, spousal support, and alimony issues.
How Much Does a Family Law
Family law attorneys usually charge hourly and these rates
depend on various factors such as lawyers experience, the
complexity of the case, the average cost of a family law
attorney in the area, etc. Expect to pay $75-$400 an hour for a
Do Family Lawyers Have Payment
Many lawyers allow clients to pay the lawyer’s
fee in installments. The lawyer may require the
client to pay a retainer fee upfront and collect
the rest of the fee depending on the hours
worked for the client within the given month.