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. The reason why family law courts are crowded is due to the many cases involved in family law. The family law attorney handles all cases relating to 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. If it could be settled outside of court, then the divorce case does not have to reach the courts. 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. If you want to make your adoption legal, a family law attorney can guide you through the steps involved so that the adoption can become legal. Laws are different in different places and may also vary according to the age of the child being adopted. There are places where the birth parents retain some rights while in other places, all the legal right of birth parents are completely given up.
Family law attorneys also help create documents that prevent future issues that can be foreseen. One of the documents that they can create is a prenuptial agreement between couples that sets forth division of assets if the couple were to divorce. 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 situations also when a family lawyer may have to handle criminal issues. 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. Helene Mathieu is an expert in family law and she also handles non-contested separation agreements and divorce matters. With the proper legal consultant, you will know the best course of action to take so that you can attain the most beneficial outcome.