The Florida Bar

Family Law

December 12, 2022

Family law encompasses civil procedures and legal matters that involve family members’ financial responsibilities, custodial rights, eligibility, and other obligations.

The following is a list of family law topics:

  • Marriage and Cohabitation: Eligibility requirements such as age and gender are primarily governed at the state level. Different states have different laws governing legal partnerships other than marriage.
  • Divorce and Alimony: Divorces come about via court order, either with or without legal representation. Sometimes one spouse will be required to provide financial support for the other after a divorce.
  • Child Custody and Child Support: When parents get divorced, the court must decide what is in the best interests of the children, which includes living arrangements and financial support.
  • Adoption and Foster Care: A variety of legal considerations may come into play when adopting or fostering a child.
  • Parental Liability and Emancipation: Parents often are liable for the actions of their children. Some children may become “emancipated” if they can prove their maturity and ability to live apart from their parents.
  • Reproductive Rights: Laws governing abortion, birth control, artificial conception, and other reproductive rights are established at the state level.

Because emotions can run high during some divorces, hiring an attorney for her legal knowledge and skills, as well as to negotiate with the other party to resolve difficult issues, can be invaluable.

Changes may occur in this area of law. The information provided is brought to you as a public service, and is intended to help you better understand the law in general. It is not intended to be legal advice regarding your particular problem or substitute for the advice of a lawyer.