Family Law Cases

What is Family Law?

Family law deals with domestic relations and other family-related issues such as marriage, divorce, spousal abuse, property, civil unions, child custody, visitation, child support, child abuse issues, and adoption.  Family law proceedings often generate the most acrimonious disputes. While most parents cooperate when it comes to sharing their children and resort to mediation to settle a dispute, not all do.

Divorce

Divorce is a complicated process.  The law is complex and ever-changing.  You should seek legal counsel if you have questions about divorce or separation.

 

Child Custody and Visitation

Child custody and legal guardianship are legal terms which are used to describe the legal and practical relationship between a parent and his or her child, such as the right of the child to make decisions , and the parent’s duty to care for the child.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence (also domestic abuse, spousal abuse, intimate partner violence, battering or family violence) is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other abuse by one person in a domestic context against another, such as in marriage or cohabitation.  Domestic violence can take a number of forms including physical, emotional, verbal, economic and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle, coercive forms to marital rape and to violent physical abuse that results in disfigurement or death.  If you are being battered by your spouse or partner, you may seek legal protection, even prosecution, whether you are married to your abuser or not.