Family law is an area of the law that deals with family-related issues . It has been known throughout the centuries as the Law of Baron and Femme, Master and Servant, Domestic relations and other names. In essence, it is that area of law which covers all aspects of the personal relationships in family units including, but not limited to:
the nature of marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships; issues arising during marriage, including spousal abuse, legitimacy, adoption, surrogacy, child abuse, and child abduction the termination of the relationship and ancillary matters including divorce, annulment, property settlements, alimony, and parental responsibility orders (in the United States, child custody and visitation, child support awards). This list is by no means dispositive of the potential issues that come through the family court system. In many jurisdictions in the United States, the family courts see the most crowded dockets. Litigants representative of all social and economic classes are parties within the system.
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