Family law is the branch of the law that deals with domestic relations and family matters like marriage, divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, child abduction, property settlements, and a lot more. Today, you will witness many family related issues and this is the reason why family law courts are always full. A family law attorney is the one who handles cases which has something to do with family law. Divorce and legal separation is perhaps the most common of the family law cases being handled by a family law attorney. Some of the responsibilities of a family law attorney when it comes to divorce cases include settling the division of conjugal property, child support and custody issues, and they also set visitation rights for the other parent. A divorce case can be settled through amicable negotiations and settlement and this does not have to be ruled by a judge. However, if there is hostility between the spouses and a settlement cannot be agreed upon, then the divorce case is brought to court where the judge gives the final order for all issues involved.
A family law attorney also handles adoption issues. There are many steps involved in adoption where a family law attorney helps the couple make the adoption legal. Laws are different in different places and may also vary according to the age of the child being adopted. Birth parents give up their rights when they have their child adopted, but in some places they still retain some of their rights over the child.
There are many future issues that can be foreseen when it comes to marriage, and family law attorneys help create documents that can prevent them. A prenuptial agreement is a document that sets forth how assets would be divided if the couple were to divorce; this is one document that a family law attorney can create. The family lawyer can also create a postnuptial agreement which also include division of assets but also include arrangements for child visitation, custody and support. Setting up a trust fund in the name of the children or a spouse can be done by a family law attorney with a high level of experience. There are criminal issues that are handled by a family law attorney. Where the issues is domestic violence or juvenile law, these are under criminal law but can also be a specialization of a family law attorney.
When it comes to divorce and separation issues with expatriates living in the UAE and GCC, Helen Mathieu Legal Consultants are there to help them with these cases. With her expertise in family law, Helen Mathieu can handle divorce matters and non-contested separation agreements. If you want to know the best course of action to take in your divorce case then you need a proper legal consultant.