When Do You Need
a Family Law Attorney?

Many intimate relationships begin with casual dating and then move towards marriage, having children, and living the family life. But some relationships tend to turn sour and fall apart. Whether couples are looking to start a family, or their current relationships have become complicated, they may want to consult with a family law attorney before any legal proceedings begin. Family law attorneys specialize in legal cases relating to family relationships, such as divorce, child custody, and adoption.

Family Law Involves Relationships

Beginning a Marriage

Before a couple gets married, they may choose to sign a prenuptial agreement. These contracts can cover a variety of situations, including determining who will receive certain assets in the event of divorce and whether counseling is required prior to filing for divorce. A family law attorney can counsel couples in areas of family law where it could affect a prenup and can help draft a contract that meets their needs.

Pursuing an Adoption

For those considering adopting a child, it's important to consult with an expert on adoption law. Many attorneys specialize in this subset of family law and are familiar with the legal nuances that may affect each particular situation and all the qualifications to adopt. Potential adopting parents may be able to get referrals for qualified adoption attorneys from others in their area who have already adopted a child.

Ending a Marriage

Some of the most common circumstances requiring a family law attorney are a legal separation, marriage annulment, or divorce. Every situation is different and requires a knowledgeable expert to help with the complex details, such as alimony, child support and distribution of financial assets. Many people find it helpful to contact a family law attorney before initiating legal action leading to divorce.

Other Family Law Practices

Some family law attorneys may specialize in child custody cases, another common area of family law. Child custody agreements are required in the event of divorce or separation. Other circumstances involving the criminal behavior of a parent usually require a custody review as well. For anyone dealing with family relationships that may require legal action, such as marriage, divorce, or adoption, a family law attorney can provide advice, support, and solutions.