Family law is the area of law that involves cases related to family issues and domestic relations. The branch takes account of problems related to marriages (legitimacy, spousal abuse, surrogacy, adoption, child abduction, etc.), relationship termination (divorce, alimony, property settlements, annulment) and parental duty (child support, child custody, etc.).
A family can face a number of hardships during its span. Minor disputes often end up severe repercussions like divorce. Separation of a person can affect several people who are related to the spouses, especially their children. Divorces usually lead to child support and child custody. Family lawsuits are mostly entwined with each other. A few of them have been discussed below:
Spousal Support - This is one of the most complex cases of family law. It involves payments of monetary assets and/ or property from one spousal partner to another. 'Alimony' will be a more suitable word in this respect. Alimony transference depends on which spouse earns more. Alimony cases depend on a few points like
* Duration of marriage
* Earning abilities of both the spouses
* Contribution of each spouse towards home
* Mental and physical state of both spouses and their age difference
These aspects and the judicial prudence decide the amount of the alimony.
Child support - Child support refers to a continuous practice of regular payment made by an obligor for the providing financial support to an obligee after the termination of a marital support. At times, an obligor is the non-custodial parent of a child. Divorce cases usually include child support payments.
There are several legal formalities that need to be fulfilled in course of child support.
Child custody - Child custody is a legal expression that is used to explain legal bond of a parent and his child. A parent holds the rights to take decisions for the well-being of his/ her child. Child custody refers to a verdict placed by the court. Child custody can be of basically three types - Sole custody, joint custody and split custody, depending on what a court decides.
Family law is altogether a branch of law that involves many complexities. It is advisable to seek help from a professional lawyer if you are thinking of filing a case related to this field. Only a lawyer can provide you with efficient assistance when it comes to fulfilling legal formalities.