Family law is one of the largest areas of law around the world. Family law has far-reaching effects on people and not just those directly involved in the court case. If you are going through a family law case, your family lawyer can answer most – if not all – of your questions regarding family law. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to do some research on your own, if for no other reason than to have a greater understanding of procedures. That can be a valuable thing to bring to the table before, during, and after court proceedings. Take the time to read through this list of four things you should know about family law so that you can be more confident in the courtroom and at the conference table.
1. IT IS IMPORTANT TO WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN
Things can get messy during family law cases because, well, most families are messy in one way or another. Your family lawyer can help guide you through the most difficult steps but a vital part of the process is to get every last agreement, settlement, and even questions down in writing. Having a written record of everything that has been said and done (or what will be done at a later date) is an excellent guarantee against problems in the future. Although it might seem like a headache to get everything in writing, it is important.
2. FAMILY LAW CASES ARE A HUGE PART OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
Family law cases make up about one-third of civil court cases, which is a huge amount, considering everything else that the courts have to process in a given year. But families are a large part of society, which does naturally mean that they would be at the forefront of public consciousness. The good news for you is that with so many family law cases in court, finding resources, help, and people who have gone through similar situations is easy…and highly recommended.
3. IF YOU ARE IN A COURT CASE RELATED TO A CHILD, YOUR CASE MAY TAKE A LONG TIME
If your family law court case involves the custody of a child, access to a child, or child support you may be waiting a longer-than-usual time to have the situation resolved. After three months, there should be less activity related to your case but be aware that the case will still be active even if it is not at the forefront of the justice system. It is important to know that you could be in it for the long haul – and plan accordingly.
4. HONESTY IS THE BEST – AND ONLY – POLICY
If you are connected in any way to a family law court case, you will be expected to provide full disclosure to the court. It is important for the court to know as much as possible when dealing with a delicate family law case so it makes sense that you would need to give them all the information you have. For those of you interested, there is more information available at Matrimonial Home.