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What does family law address?

On Behalf of | Jul 7, 2024 | Family Law

Broadly speaking, family law deals with family matters and domestic relations. Nonetheless, it can be helpful to delve further into the precise legal issues addressed by the family courts.

Every day, the family courts in Illinois hear numerous cases. Here are some of the key issues addressed by family law:


On the whole, divorce is decreasing. Nonetheless, studies indicate that over half a million divorces occur every year in the U.S. One of the key responsibilities of the family courts in Illinois is to oversee divorce cases. The courts ensure that divorce remains equitable, particularly in terms of property division.

Child custody 

In Illinois, the family courts generally like to ensure that both biological parents play an active role in the upbringing of their child. The only exception to this is if both parents being actively involved would not be in the best interests of the child. 

Often, parents have to fight to assert their parental rights, and the family courts provide the platform to do this. Child custody is not only for divorcing parents. Sometimes, a parent and child may become estranged, and the estranged parent can utilize family law to build a relationship with the child. 

Other family concerns

The family courts in Illinois have jurisdiction over a whole host of other domestic issues. They can help individuals address: 

  • Domestic abuse
  • Child support
  • Spousal support (alimony)
  • Adoption
  • Orders of protection 

If you are having a family-related issue, chances are you have legal recourse via the court system. To find out more about your options, it will benefit you to seek legal guidance. 

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