Family law is an area of law that covers domestic relationships. As such, there are a wide variety of actions and cases that one can be involved in that fit underneath the family law umbrella. Some family attorneys handle all such cases, and some family attorneys only handle a select few. Part of the process of hiring a family law attorney is inquiring whether or not the issue that you need help with is something that that particular family law attorney handles.
In this blog, we will discuss different types of family law cases and what they mean. Like all of our blogs, this is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice and counsel of a family law attorney.
- A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract between two parties prior to their marriage that details the distribution of assets and liabilities, should the parties later get a divorce. These agreements typically make later alimony and equitable distribution cases easier.
- A divorce is simply a court-ordered termination of the bonds of matrimony.
- A post-nuptial agreement is similar to a pre-nuptial agreement. The main difference is that the parties enter into this contract after they have already married.
- Separation agreements are contracts that married couples that have separated enter into to decide how their property and debts are distributed after separation. It can also cover a wide variety of other topics. Separation agreements can either work like normal contracts or they can be incorporated into the final divorce decree.
Post Separation support
- Post separation support is money paid from one spouse to another spouse after separation but before divorce.
- Equitable Distribution is the separation of the marital property and debts.
- Child Support is the court-ordered payment of funds to be used in support of the well-being and maintenance of one’s minor child. Child support is paid from one parent to another.
- Child custody is the legal determination of how parents are allocated the physical possession and legal decision making with regards to a minor child.
Child Custody Modification
- A child custody modification is a method to change the terms of an existing child custody order, when there has been a substantial change in circumstances that affect the welfare of the minor child.
- Adoption is the legal process of creating a legal parent and child relationship with two people that are not biologically parent and child.
Termination of parental rights
- Termination of parental rights is the court-ordered termination of a parent/child relationship.
As you can see from the short summary above, family law covers many things. Each one of these areas requires specialized knowledge. If you need a family law attorney in Charlotte, NC or the surrounding areas, contact us.