What is Family Law in Illinois?
Family Law covers the laws related to, and regarding families. This includes the establishment of family and domestic relationships, the rules for creating a union - be it domestic partnerships, civil unions, or marriage, as well as their termination or dissolution, and the ensuing issues related to this, such as alimony, child support, property division, custody and the like.
When one thinks of family court; marriage, divorce, adoption, domestic abuse, child abuse and other related topics generally come to mind. All of these issues, and more, are addressed in family law.
Family law is ruled largely by statute, but common law (law developed by judges through decisions of courts and similar tribunals rather than through legislative statutes or executive branch action) precedent plays an important role, as well, and these rules and laws vary from state to state. Although family court is the most well know judiciary body for this area of law, other courts and administrative bodies share jurisdiction as well. Many of the courts offer access to self-help services and legal forms for individuals to proceed without an attorney, but complications can easily arise and retaining an attorney is most often the wiser decision.
The court process for any family law matter can often be very confusing, so it may be wise to consult with a family attorney to help explain your rights and to protect your interests. A lawyer experienced in family law will know how to navigate through the complicated legal process in an efficient manner, and be there when you have questions.
In the Kane and DuPage County areas contact The Law Offices of Douglas B. Warlick & Assoc., a professional and experienced firm that can make all the difference in your family law matters.