The family is one of the most important structures in society. Because of its importance, an entire area of the law has arisen to help make sure that matters of the family are handled properly. This area – Family Law – is an especially delicate area of practice that can impact those who might not even be directly involved with a case. Understanding the importance of this practice area means understanding a bit about what it encompasses.
Family law is actually an incredibly wide field that encompasses several areas of law. As one might expect, these are all areas that touch on the family, particularly during times of transition. As such, some of the most common areas of family practice include anything having to do with marriage, divorce, and with children. This might include a prenuptial agreement, a divorce settlement, an adoption, or even a transfer of custody from one parent to another.
Increasingly, this area of the law also deals with the maintenance of those issues listed above. Family lawyers often deal with changes to custody agreements, issues arising from divorce, or any issues that might accompany the adoption of a child outside of a courtroom.
Because there are so many different types of family law cases, a great number of potential proceedings might stem from an issue cover by this type of law. In some cases, a lawyer will be needed to represent a family member in court. In other cases, the job of the lawyer might simply be to offer advice on a contract. The lawyer might also play an important role in an adoption proceeding or in a custody dispute.
Many lawyers also work in non-courtroom settings to help families deal with their problems. Attorneys are often important parts of the alternative dispute resolution process, working with their clients and their families to provide reasonable solutions to problems. The attorney may also help to represent the client in negotiations that help to provide some kind of resolution without involving the courts directly. These alternative methods of dispute resolution often help preserve parts of the family relationship that might otherwise be damaged during a more adversarial process.
It is something of an understatement to say that family law is complex. Because this type of law encompasses so many disparate areas, it takes a great deal of specialized training to provide both useful and zealous representation for any individual. Trying to go it alone not only puts a person at a disadvantage from a knowledge standpoint, but can also require an individual to work against attorneys who have years of experience with similar matters.
This type of law also involves deeply personal matters, the type of issues that those within the scope of the problem might not be able to see objectively. A good lawyer will always follow the directives of his or her client, but he or she will also be able to provide neutral advice. This can be invaluable, especially when making a dispassionate decision can have such an astonishingly important impact on the future of all those involved.
If you are involved in a legal matter that involves the functioning of your family, make sure to work with the right kind of lawyer. Your family is too important to risk – good representation might be what you need to get the best outcome. If you are in the Santa Clara area, make sure to call us at the Gomez Edwards Law Group – we’re here to help you.