Family law cases often go before the County Courts, to be dealt with under the watchful eye of a district judge. Such disputes can involve topics regarding divorce, financial support or adoption, in addition to domestic violence and disputes over the upbringing and welfare of children.
It is never easy when outside forces must be summoned to address an iniquity existing within one’s own family, but sadly there are situations where it is necessary. The more benign family law cases merely involve formalising agreements such as adoption in the eyes of the law.
Issues relating to the family may end up in court at the request of an individual from within the family, or may be brought to the court’s attention by an outside authority compelled to act on a problem, such as appropriate specialists from the local council or representatives of the NSPCC. A wide variety of legal remedies are available within family courts, and the subject at hand will determine whether the case goes to a County Court, the Family Division of the High Court, or a Family Proceedings Court (a unique type of Magistrates’ Court exclusively for dealing with family law issues).
Dealing with family law issues can make for contentious situations, which is why these cases are conducted with extreme care, as the effect on one’s personal life as the result of a court ruling can be immense. It is for this reason that family law situations are treated with great tact in order to ensure a fair outcome for all.