Family lawFamily law is an area of the law that deals with family-related issues and domestic relations including, but not limited to marriage, civil unions, divorce, spousal abuse, child custody and visitation, property, alimony, and child support awards, as well as child abuse issues, and adoption.
This list is by no means dispositive of the potential issues that come through the family court system. In many jurisdictions in the United States, the family courts see the most crowded dockets. Litigants representative of all social and economic classes are parties within the system. Because the family courts are notoriously underfunded and see a relatively large proportion of economically dependent litigants, a common criticism levied is that the system inherently prejudices the needs of these disadvantaged parties.
''See also:Law of the Family, Fathers' rights, Same-Sex Marriage
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Family Law Section of The Florida Bar
Providing section members and the public with a lawyer search database, law updates and articles also divorce, child custody, adoption and support information.
Men's Rights Agency
Australian benevolent organisation supporting people with family law and related relationship breakdown matters.
Tables Summarizing the Law in the Fifty States
From the American Bar Association, Family Law Section.
Joel Miller's Family Law Centre
Information on Canadian family law, legislation, and court decisions.
What Should I Know About Divorce And Custody?
Online pamphlet from the State Bar of California. Also available for purchase in print form.
California Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Organization focused on improving the quality of justice and services to meet the diverse needs of children, youth, families, and self-represented litigants in the California courts.
Making the Change Legal
Resources to formalize a wife's name change following marriage.
So You Wanna Change Your Name
Overview of the process of obtaining a legal change of name.
MacLean Family Law Group
Providing information on Canadian family law.
Family Law Source
Information and links to related resources.