When most people hear the term family law, they think of divorce. While family lawyers do indeed help spouses legally separate from one another, that is just one part of what they do. Our team at Jones, Childers, Donaldson & Webb, PLLC has extensive experience in family law, and we have worked on a wide range of cases over the years. In this article, we’ll go over a few examples of family law matters other than divorce to give you a more comprehensive idea of what this field of law covers.
- Domestic Violence – One example of what family law covers besides divorce is cases of domestic violence. These days, most divorces are no-fault, which means the partners don’t have to give a reason or prove anything to be granted separation—they can just divorce because they decide to. However, sometimes one partner needs to leave because the other is hurting them or harming their children, in which case domestic violence charges may be involved.
- Adoption – On a happier note, you will also need to work with a family lawyer to adopt a child. Our team can help you with the adoption process, whether you are adopting your stepchildren, adopting a niece, nephew, or other relative, or adopting a child through an agency or from foster care.
- Guardianship – A third example of family law matters that aren’t divorce-related is guardianship. Sometimes, a person is not legally able to make decisions for themselves due to things like disability, and they need a legal guardian to do so on their behalf. If you have a loved one who requires this kind of care, our team can help you make the necessary arrangements to become their guardian.