For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when family law is mentioned is divorce. There is, however, much more to this legal field. In Arizona, family law includes many aspects affecting a family. Apart from the commonly known issues resorting under family law, the field also includes matters such as pre- and post-nuptial agreements, adoption and much more.
Divorce is probably the matter dealt with in family law most commonly. Legally, divorce is considered to be the disbanding of a marriage, which may be contested or uncontested. After a divorce, the partners continue with their own separate lives.
When divorcing couples have managed to resolve all aspects of their divorce between themselves, and they file both the complaint for divorce and their settlement agreement simultaneously, it is known as an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce mostly costs less and is finalized quicker than a contested divorce. Contested divorces may take quite some time to finalize, as the couple often needs assistance in order to resolve certain issues between them. The assistance can be in the form of mediation, or, as a last resort when mediation fails, a judge or a jury may be asked to decide on the matter.
Family law also deals with issues of child custody, visitation rights and child support. All the issues mentioned are directly related to divorce, but they are also linked to paternity cases, as well as legitimation cases. When matters regarding children are heard, Arizona courts will always consider what is best for the child in their rulings. Like child support, alimony is also a family law issue that forms part of a divorce settlement and, therefore, something the couple must agree upon while taking the state laws into consideration.
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Source: local10.com, “What you need to know about family law“, , Aug. 5, 2014