Oklahoma Family Law Attorney
Family law is one of the major branches within law and deals with a wide array of issues pertaining to families, marriages, and domestic relationships. Family law attorneys operate within this field and receive much the same legal education that any other lawyer would, with additional training geared toward legal issues that commonly affect families. Family law attorneys have to be able to deal with a wide range of family law issues including but not limited to the following:
- Nature of relationships such as marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships, and same-sex marriages
- Issues that come about in marriages such as abuse, legitimacy issues, surrogacy, and child abduction
- Termination of relationships through divorce, annulment, alimony, property disputes, and child custody
These family law areas can generally be broken down into three areas of emphasis; before the union, during the union, and the dissolution of the union. One of the biggest areas that family law attorneys deal with prior to any union is the use of a prenuptial agreement. Prenups, as they are commonly abbreviated, are used most often to determine prior to a marriage how the division of properties, spousal support, and child custody will be dealt with in the event the marriage or union comes to an end. Family law attorneys are often needed to help with prenuptial agreements given the legal status of the document and in order to help protect both sides as the document is drawn up.
Family law attorneys can also help individuals understand the different unions they can enter into when they are ready to make that step. In addition to a traditional marriage, there are several other types of legal unions that individuals can enter into that may require the knowledge of a family law attorney. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Common-law marriage: A legally recognized union even though no marriage ceremony has taken place. In some jurisdictions common-law marriages are legally binding, while carrying no legal consequence in others.
- Same-sex marriage: A legally recognized, or more often socially recognized, marriage between two individuals of the same biological sex.
- Civil union: A legal union designed primarily for same-sex couples, civil unions are legal states similar to marriage. However, in the U.S. a civil union is not recognized by the Federal government and there is no requirement for one state to recognize a civil union made official in another state.
- Domestic partnership: A legal partnership between two individuals who live together and have a common domestic life but are not joined together in a marriage or civil union.
- Cohabitation: This term most commonly refers to two individuals who live together but are not married.
If you or a loved one would like to have your Oklahoma family law case reviewed call us today at (405) 232-HURT.