Anyone can start a family but keeping and maintaining that family requires dedication and hard work. Sometimes certain circumstances affect the responsibilities of family life and they, unfortunately must be pursued in court. While family matters are very personal, the rights of same-sex couples, laws regarding divorce or the process of adopting a child, they are all governed by federal and state laws.
Martins Mill Legal Center, serving Philadelphia and Northeast Philadelphia, provides family law services and legal council to assist with any type of legal family matters.
Family law is the sector of law that deals with any family matters and domestic relations. It refers to the rules, regulations and court proceedings that involve the family unit. These family matters include:
Marriage law deals with partnership matters. This includes matters such as prenuptial agreements, determining if you can have a same-sex marriage in your state or even legally changing your name if you are newly married. Sometimes laws require certain procedures before anyone can marry and often times it is better left to an experience marriage law attorney to help with the technicalities.
The adoption process can be emotionally and legally complex. Understanding the laws surrounding it is best left to the experts. This includes, knowing the legalities of adoption or surrogacy and the laws governing an international adoption or even right here in the United States.
There are state-specific child abuse laws. Learn who is required by law to report suspicion of child abuse and how to avoid making false allegations. There are laws that protect children from abuse as well as laws surrounding child abduction cases. Child advocacy is a very serious issue in our country. Since children usually can’t defend themselves, it is important to be a voice for them.
This can include divorce, annulment, property settlements, alimony, child custody and visitation and child support. The termination of relationships is often complex because most often it isn’t just two people involved. It can include the custody and welfare of children (or pets), deciding what constitutes as an annulment and even division of property.
Paternity is the legal establishment of the identity of a child’s father. This is often done through DNA testing. Determining paternity can help a mother enforce child support orders. It can also be a factor in cases involving adoption and inheritance.
While some family law matters can be handled without counsel, certain processes such as divorce or adoption are best handled by an experience attorney and are often required. Martins Mill Legal Center has been handling family law matters for years. We understand the emotional, financial and legal aspects of any case as it pertains to your family. Sometimes your emotions can cloud your judgment and this is when you need someone on your side who can keep their emotions out of the equation and protect your legal rights fairly and honestly.