Family Law

Family law is an area of the law that deals with family matters and domestic relations. The law of domestic relations is a broad category that includes:

  • divorce;
  • property settlements;
  • alimony, spousal support, or other maintenance;
  • the establishment of paternity;
  • the establishment or termination of parental rights;
  • child support;
  • child custody;
  • visitation;
  • adoption; and
  • emancipation of minors.

The volume of domestic relations cases has increased in recent years. Some states have established specialized courts, sometimes called family courts, to hear domestic cases.