|Entering into marriage|
Legal states similar
|Cohabitation · Civil union
|Dissolution of marriage|
|Annulment · Divorce · Alimony|
|Issues affecting children|
|Paternity · Legitimacy · Adoption
Legal guardian · Foster care
Ward · Emancipation of minors
Grandparent visitation 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|
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.
Family Law may also refer to the marriage contract in Islamic faith, which includes the allowance of men to marry up to four wives.
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.