From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
|Entering into marriage|
|Prenuptial agreement |
|Legal states similar |
|Cohabitation · Civil union |
|Dissolution of marriage|
|Annulment · Divorce · Alimony|
|Issues affecting children|
|Paternity · Legitimacy |
Adoption · Legal guardian
Ward · Emancipation of minors
Foster care Parental responsibility
Contact (including visitation)
Residence in English law
Custody · Child support
|Spousal abuse · Child abuse |
Child abduction · Child marriage
Adultery · Bigamy · Incest
|Conflict of laws|
|Marriage · Nullity · Divorce|
- 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.
 Criticism of Family Law
Members of the fathers' rights movement criticize the win or lose nature of family law currently used in most Western countries to determine divorce and child custody issues, and define "winning custody" not as the right to parent one's children, but as the power to prevent someone else from parenting his children with the help of the government.
Criticism of family law is also directed at the difficulties experienced by cross-national parties struggling with cross-border issues. These include legal and procedural concerns regarding child abduction, child custody and visitation. These concerns are addressed, to some degree, in international human rights treaties and the Hague Convention agreements.
 See also
- Algerian Family Code
- Family Court of Australia
- Mudawana (The Moroccan Family Code).
- Family law system in England and Wales
- Civil Code of the Philippines
- ^ Baskerville, Stephen (2007). Taken Into Custody - The War Against Fathers, Marriage and the Family. Cumberland House.