Wherever you are in the world, law rules; we are governed by rules, regulations and legislation, which is necessary for a society to operate and such is the scope of law as a field, it is divided into many sections. Criminal, corporate, civic, state, federal and family law. In this short article, we take a closer look at the branch of law that is concerned with family matters.
- Separation and divorce – Relationships don’t always last a lifetime and when a couple decide to call it a day, legal representation is advised. Botth parties would seek legal counsel and, in some cases, the lawyers would thrash things out until an agreement is reached over asset distribution and other matters.
- Prenuptial agreements – It is common for both parties in a relationship to come to a legally binding agreement over who owns what and which assets are regarded as joint. A family lawyer assists both parties to clarify the contents and then he or she puts it into the correct legal format and the agreement is signed and witnessed.
- Child custody and support – Of course, the children should be the number one consideration when a marriage breaks up and a family lawyer would be able to assist their client regarding child custody and support. Australian family law is based upon British legislation, as Australia is part of the Commonwealth.
- Last Will & Testament – If you wish to write a will and bequeath your estate as you see fit, a family lawyer can either visit you at home, or share a Zoom call. Other services include representing a person who wishes to contest a will; if they have evidence to support the claim, a family court does have the power to override the latest version of a will. A handwritten letter stating that the deceased wishes for you to have their project car would be considered strong evidence.
- Domestic violence – The victim of domestic violence can approach a family law firm and request a restraining order that forbids any form of contact and this can be done outside of regular court hours. If you are the victim of physical or mental abuse from your partner, there are organisations that can help by providing safe and confidential accommodation. Talking to a lawyer is a wise move. Sadly, domestic violence is on the rise, in Australia and around the world, which means more people turn to the law to protect them.
- Adoption – If a couple wish to adopt a child, the screening process is understandably long and in-depth, which requires the help of a family lawyer. It might be that the couple cannot have children naturally, or it might be the child of a deceased relative; if you seek out the advice of a family law specialist, you have the best chance of success.
As you can see, there is a lot to family law and should you ever be in need of legal counsel, Google can take you to a family law firm website and you can make an appointment.
Barry Lachey is a Professional Editor at Zobuz. Previously He has also worked for Moxly Sports and Network Resources “Joe Joe.” he is a graduate of the Kings College at the University of Thames Valley London. You can reach Barry via email or by phone.