Family Law

This is FindLaw's collection of Family Law articles, part of the Corporate Counsel Center Law Library. Collectively, these laws deal with matters of significant impact on family relationships, particularly adoption, divorce, custody, and abuse. While some family law matters may be handled without counsel, processes such as divorce and child custody often require the skill and expertise of a skilled attorney. Family law also involves the prevention of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

Family Law Articles
    • Information About Modifying Your Divorce Decree
      Any time parents with children divorce, there are specific parts of the divorce decree relating to the children These include conservatorship (the word we use instead of "custody"), child support, and periods of possession (commonly called ...

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    • Major Provisions of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996
      Note: The following is a summary of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act as it was signed into law. Technical amendments have been proposed on a number of issues which may affect the descriptions below. Note: HHS ...

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    • Why Do I Need A Will?
      Many time people will tell me that they don't need a Will. It is often a husband and wife who have already put the house and bank accounts in both names. What they don't realize is in that situation it is usually the automobile that causes a ...

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    • Why Do I Need to Hire a Family Lawyer?
      If you talk to a family lawyer about your legal concerns, they're going to tell you to hire an attorney. They will tell you an experienced attorney is a professional who understands how the system works. They'll assure you that a skilled lawyer will ...

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    • What's New In Colorado Family Law
      CHILD CUSTODY LAWS MODIFIED In February, 1999 the Colorado Legislature amended Colorado's child custody laws. The terms "sole custody" and "joint custody" were replaced by "parental responsibility" and "parenting time". relates to decision-making ...

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    • What to Expect From a Divorce
      If you are currently facing a divorce, you are probably wondering what to expect from the divorce process. Just as no two marriages are alike, however, no two divorces are alike or have the exact same outcome either. Predictability and divorce do ...

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    • Vermont Recognizes Civil Unions
      In April 2000 the Vermont legislature passed and the governor signed landmark legislation granting same gender couples many of the benefits and responsibilities of marriage through the establishment of civil unions. The legislation was in response ...

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    • Virginia Family Law Legislative Update
      . Creates "rehabilitative alimony" in Virginia. It modifies ยงยง 20-107.1 and 20-109 of the Virginia Code to grant courts the authority to award spousal support to be paid in periodic payments for a specified duration and to reserve to a party the ...

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    • Virginia's New Alimony Statute Creates a Trap for the Unwary
      Virginia's recently revised spousal support statute may cause some unintended consequences to parties who have entered into a Property Settlement Agreement and request a Virginia court to incorporate the Property Settlement Agreement into a decree ...

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    • Virginia Wills, Trusts and Estates Legislative Update
      . Raises from $5,000 to $10,000 the threshold amount of an estate for which (i) a fiduciary may qualify without giving surety on his bond, (ii) filing of an inventory is waived, and (iii) the filing of a probate tax return and payment of the tax is ...

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