The Definitive Guide to Family Law

Family law is a broad area that covers a wide variety of issues between family members and other relations. One half of family law incorporates everything to do with marriage and divorce. The other half of family law deals with a variety of situations that are often complicated and emotionally charged which may require a mediator to resolve.

Dependency law: this involves a juvenile, typically cases of abuse or neglect. A court hearing takes place where the first step may begin with children being removed from their parents and placed in protective custody.    

Adoptions: this is where an adult formally becomes the guardian of a child and therefore takes on the responsibilities of a parent.

Restraining orders: this is where a legal order is issued against an individual to restrict or prohibit access or proximity to another specified individual.

Visitation: this is the legal right of the non-custodial parent to visit with the child on some sort of scheduled or regular basis and is usually granted by the divorce or family court.  

Guardianships: this is where a legal relationship is created where a person or institution named in a will or assigned by the court to take care of minor children or incompetent adults.

Conservatorships: this is where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization to care for another adult who cannot care for him/herself or manage his or her own finances.

Emancipation: this is where a minor is freed from the control of their parents or guardians and the parents or guardians are freed from any and all responsibility the child. Children have expectations from parents but legally they owe nothing to their parents.

Juvenile delinquencies/dependencies: this relates to a person, usually 18 years of age or under who is found to have committed a crime and may not be sentenced as an adult due to the fact that the minor lacks responsibility. However, in many states, the age of criminal responsibility for serious crimes is as low as 14 years of age.     

Hiring a family lawyer can be a daunting task. Fees can be a huge issue, especially if a case demands a lot of time. If evidence analysis and research is needed, this can greatly increase the cost. There are several types of fee arrangements used by lawyers and this is where a lot of research should be undertaken as each case requires a specialized approach. Some lawyers are happy to offer a free initial review of your family law case which is probably a good way to go before you jump into the deep end.  


It is strongly advisable to do your research and be sure to choose a well-established company like GEORGE COLLINS, P.A. Such companies know how to grant you peace of mind with qualified and objective support. They are professional and efficient because of their cumulative experience and knowledge. At least with this type of help, you can be assured of gaining closure on what oftentimes is a very stressful experience.