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What is Family Law?

by | Apr 26, 2013 | Firm News |

Family Law is a broad term that describes a variety of laws that affect the legal status and interactions of families.  Family Law usually includes laws addressing divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, property division.  Family law also includes parentage actions (when the parents are unmarried), Marvin v. Marvin cohabitation arrangements, adoption, and child dependency actions.  Family law can also include domestic violence issues as well.

If you are involved in a divorce, child custody, spousal support or marital property division case in Sacramento, you are involved in a family law case.  If your partner and you are unmarried, but have children, you are involved in a family law case.  If your children are involved in an action with Child Protective Services action, you are involved in a family law/dependency case.  If your spouse has committed domestic violence against you or your children, you are involved in a family law case.

Sacramento family law cases are heard in the family law courts.  Family law courts are similar to general civil courts, but there are special judges appointed to hear family law cases.  Also, family law cases are heard in a separate courthouse or department than other civil cases.

If you are involved in any one of the Sacramento family law areas identified above, you should strongly consider hiring a Sacramental family law attorney immediately.  Please consider giving us a call.  We are experienced family law attorneys and we can discuss your legal rights in a free half-hour attorney consultation.