When you think about family law, what do you imagine? Do you only think of divorce? Maybe you think it’s all about parenting and children’s care. You’re right on all accounts; family law encompasses all things to do with a family.
Property division during a divorce can be a family law matter, because it involves a family of two, or sometimes more, dividing up their assets between each other. If a person is getting a divorce, then he or she could seek spousal support or child support through a family law court. Equally, married couples who decide they want to adopt would go to a family law court for help legalizing the adoption.
When you go to court, you need to know that someone is taking care of your best interests. Sometimes, what looks like it’s going to be beneficial to you now, could be harmful or unfair in the long term. Many people work with lawyers to better understand separation agreements, parenting agreements, or prenuptial agreements before they agree to the requests in those documents.
For example, if you are getting married, a prenuptial agreement can prevent you from sharing in your spouse’s wealth if you divorce. However, it can also protect you from taking on your spouse’s debts. How your agreement works depends entirely on what you agree with and the terms of the document, so it’s always wise to have another set of eyes look it over for legality’s sake. Our website has more information on family law and how the law can help you in numerous cases involving the people you care about.