Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, May 24, 2013

Guest Post: Family law-definition and working

Family law is that branch of law which has to deal with the family related issues and also domestic relationships. These relations can be between two people, unions, partners etc. The domain of family law works with:

  • Civil unions, domestic partnership and marriage
  • Surrogacy as well as adoption
  • Child Abduction and Child abuse
  • Termination of ancillary issues and relationships which include annulment, alimony, divorce, property settlement, visitation, child custody, etc.
  • Adjudication of juvenile
  • Paternity frauds and paternity tests

These issues are not exhaustive and vary on the basis of the jurisdiction. Many a times, in jurisdictions especially of the foreign countries like the USA, the Family court look at the most, crowded Dockets. The system contains all the representatives of litigation for all economic as well as social classes.

In India, the family law is very unique, since it requires being to the point in accordance to the religions followed here. The law considers the beliefs, tenets and customer of all the religions like Hinduism which appeals the Hindu law, Islamism which approaches the Muslim Law, Zoroastrianism which follow the Parsi law, and Christianity which follows the Christian law.

Marriage which is also known as matrimony can be defined as a Social union between two people. It can also be called a legal contract between two people who come to be known as spouses. Marriage creates rights as well as obligations amongst the spouses, the parents and their children, between spouses and there in laws, etc. Marriage has been defined in different ways in different cultures. But basically it is an institution which defines the relationships interpersonal, which are intimate. In a broader spectrum, marriage can be considered as a cultural universal. Most of the cultures govern a marriage being defined by a ceremony wedding. For recognition in the eyes of the law, the states sovereign and jurisdictions restrict marriage between opposite sex people or two people who belong to opposite genders according to the gender binary. Polygamy, forced marriages, child marriages, etc are permitted by very few of them. Today many countries and jurisdictions have allowed and made legal the marriages between the same sex and have given recognition to same sex marriage, interracial marriage, inter faith marriage, etc. In most of the cultures, marriage is compulsory before conducting any kind of sexual activity.

Apart from marriage, family law relates to a number of other issues like kinship, siblings, cousins, friends, sexual partners, etc.

Any kind of family disputes can be resolved in the family court. The family law binds people with some rules and regulations which they are ought to follow.


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Thanks for sharing. I would really love to learn more about family law in Olympia, WA. My sister is trying to get a divorce and its a bit more complex that we originally thought it would be. What should we do?

Posted by: family law olympia wa | Oct 21, 2013 6:50:41 AM

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