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Family Law

posted by DNA Identifiers @ 3:00 PM
Thursday, October 14, 2010

by James Hawthorne

There are many difficult situations a family can face. When the unthinkable happens, such as a divorce, finding out about child abuse or a child abduction, or having to deal with estate settlements, the legal terms and rules will not be your first concern. The amount of work to be done when life changing events happen can seem overwhelming. If you need to work with the legal system it can seem even harder.  The legal system is a very complex system, it might seem expensive and time consuming to seek advice from a lawyer, but doing so can in the long run save you both money and time.

It is important to seek advice from a lawyer who specializes in your specific legal problem. He or she will use expertise and experience to reach the best possible outcome to the situation.

Family law is the area of the law that deals with domestic relations and any family related issues. Situations such as the nature of marriage and domestic partnerships, issues involving spousal or child abuse and child abduction, and issues arising from the termination of a relationship such as divorce, annulment, property settlements, and parental responsibility are all included under the category of Family Law.

Agreeing to settlements without the aid of a family attorney can be very risky and without the legally binding agreements, trouble can arise if one of the parties involved in the settlement decides to change his or her mind. This is especially important in property settlements. “Property” in a property settlement is interpreted as almost anything that is capable of being owned. A property settlement includes everything belonging to a couple, regardless of who bought it, who’s name it is in, or if it was owned before the marriage. In the situation of a property settlement, it is easy to see how the amount of work can become overwhelming. This is where a family lawyer can be extremely helpful.

When most people think of a lawyer, they immediately assume they will be going to court, but in family law situations, this is not the case. Going to court is often a last resort. Most family law cases can be solved through simple negotiations between the parties involved. The lawyer will help obtain a satisfactory settlement and attempt to insure that complications will not be ongoing.

Outcomes are not simply a 50:50 split of the assets, but rather a division based on the circumstances relating to the specific situation. This sometimes requires an outsider to have unbiased view of what those circumstances really are. The family lawyer will help determine and organize information about factors such as age, health, education, and job qualifications to decide how the case will be settled.

If parties are open and honest in a family law situation, settlement of a case should go smoothly and result in a satisfactory outcome, for everyone involved. Any type of family trouble can be extremely stressful, and can cause strong emotions and thoughts. A family attorney is a sound investment that will listen to those thought and concerns but will then give objective advice about legal obligations and rights of entitlement until a desired settlement is reached.

The information you obtain from this article is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. DNA Identifiers does not offer legal services

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