Family Law
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Family Law

Family law (also called matrimonial law or the law of domestic relations) is an area of the law that deals with family matters and domestic relations.[1]


Subjects that commonly fall under a nation's body of family law include:[2]

This list is not exhaustive and varies depending on jurisdiction.

Conflict of laws

Issues may arise in family law where there is a question as to the laws of the jurisdiction that apply to the marriage relationship or to custody and divorce, and whether a divorce or child custody order is recognized under the laws of another jurisdiction.[9] For child custody, many nations have joined the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in order to grant recognition to other member states' custody orders and avoid issues of parental kidnapping.[10]

See also

Specific jurisdictions


  1. ^ a b Atkinson, Jeff. "ABA Family Legal Guide" (PDF). American Bar Association. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ Larson, Aaron (4 September 2016). "What is Family Law". Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ Weitzman, Lenore J. (1980). "The Economics of Divorce: Social and Economic Consequences of Property, Alimony and Child Support Awards". UCLA Law Review. 28: 1181. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ Wadlington, Walter. "Adoption of Adults a Family Law Anomaly". Cornell Law Review. 54: 566. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ Capron, A.M.; Radin, M.J. (1988). "Choosing Family Law over Contract Law as a Paradigm for Surrogate Motherhood". Law, Medicine and Health Care. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ Lawrie, Moloney; Smyth, Bruce M.; Weston, Ruth; Richardson, Nich; Qu, Lixia; Gray, Matthew (2007). "Allegations of family violence and child abuse in family law children's proceedings: key findings of Australian Institute of Family Studies Research Report No. 15" (PDF). Family Matters. 77. Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ Babb, Barbara A. (1998). "Fashioning an interdisciplinary framework for court reform in family law: A blueprint to construct a unified family court". Southern California Law Review. 71: 469. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ Lee, Chang Ling (1975). "Current Status of Paternity Testing". Family Law Quarterly. 9 (4): 615-633. Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ Currie, David P. (1966). "Suitcase Divorce in the Conflict of Laws: Simons, Rosenstiel, and Borax". The University of Chicago Law Review. 34 (1): 26-77. doi:10.2307/1598624. Retrieved 2017. 
  10. ^ "International Parental Kidnapping". U.S. Department of Justice. 3 June 2015. Retrieved 2017. 

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