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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Family law is an area of the law that deals with family-related issues and domestic relations including:

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.

For the conflict of laws elements dealing with transnational and interstate issues, see marriage (conflict), divorce (conflict) and nullity (conflict).

Family Law may also refer to the marriage contract in Islamic faith, which includes the allowance of men to marry up to four wives.[1]


Criticism of Family Law

Members of the fathers' rights movement criticize the "win or lose" nature of family law in determining issues of divorce and child custody in many Western countries. Cross-national parties dealing with legal systems in different countries simultaneously grapple with substantive and procedural issues regarding child concerns.

Advocates of Alimony reform also critique the Family Law system. They argue that current system pits divorcing couples against each other over child support and alimony, creating a hostile environment for the family and requiring large payments to divorce attorneys.[2][3]

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