Family Law deals with all sorts of family issues including but not limited to Domestic Violence, Divorce, Adoption and Inheritance.
Domestic Violence pertains to abuse between family members or related persons and can come in a variety of ways such as physical abuse, threats, emotional abuse, stalking and other forms of dominance and control. Domestic Violence cases may be treated differently than Civil Harassment cases because of the interpersonal relationships involved. To be considered as a Domestic Violence case, at least one of the following relationship tests must be met:
- The parties are current or ex-spouses
- The parties are related by blood, marriage or adoption
- The parties are currently or were formerly residing together
- The parties are currently or used to be dating or engaged
- The parties have a child together
A divorce or “Dissolution of Marriage" is the legal termination of a marriage. Unlike an annulment, the legal declaration that a marriage was never valid, a divorce is the termination of a valid marriage. Typically the court resolves all issues between the divorcing parties, such as division of property, custody and child support. Child support is court ordered financial support made for minor children by one parent to the other. The order transfers income from one parent to the other, allowing the combined income of the parents to benefit the child.
Adoption refers to the legal means of assuming parental rights and obligations of a child not belonging to oneself. After an adoption, the child’s birth parents rights are terminated and are no longer responsible for their child, which the adoptive parents assume.
In the event of death, a child’s primary right from a parent is the right to inheritance. Unless altered by a Will or Trust, the child is entitled to the entire estate, or all of the property and assets owned by the parent.
Statues Relating to Family Law
- Tthe National Family Planning Act
- The Property (Rights of Spouses) Act
- The Children (Adoption of) Act
- Tthe Domestic Violence Actt
- Tthe Matrimonial Causes Act
Cases Relating to Family Law
- m.w. vs. p and another
- neville lynch vs. maureen lynch
- regina vs. joseph mckenzie
- ina eugenie thorne and errol thorne vs. carmen reid
- bridgette-may sebastian v. anthony ronaldo sebastian
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