Family law is a difficult area of law because it often involves many emotions and a desire to just get things over with. We completely understand at Cody Law Firm. However, do you know exactly what cases fall under the jurisdiction of the North Carolina family court? Knowing what can be handled under family law can help you ensure that you tackle all the related issues at one time, so you can get things over with quickly.
Family law touches on all topics related to marriage, the dissolution of marriage and related family issues. This includes child support and custody, divorce, alimony, property division, guardianships, pre-and post-nuptial agreements, paternity and protection orders. It even includes issues between individuals who live together as partners but who are not legally married.
The American Bar Association notes that there are state laws in place to guide many of the family law processes. For example, marriage is highly regulated. Laws have changed recently to include same-sex marriage, but some marriages are still barred by the law, such as marriage between close blood relatives. Divorce is also handled by state laws.
Family law also covers the ownership of property in a marriage. The law will dictate what property is jointly owned and how it is to be divided in the event of a divorce. Such laws typically will also cover the responsibilities for any debts incurred during a marriage.
Other areas covered under family law include abortion, domestic violence, parental rights, adoption and child abuse. To learn more about family law topics, visit our website.