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Infographic: What is family law?

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This law consists of body of statutes and case precedents that govern the legal responsibilities between individuals who share a domestic connection. These cases usually involve parties who are related by blood or marriage. Due to the emotionally charged nature of these cases, you’re advised to retain a legal counsel. Things you might not know about family law
  1. After separating, couples need to wait for at least 12 months before they obtain a divorce– Couples cannot file or even sign an application for divorce until 12 months from the day they got separated. – This is the cooling off period that allows couples to work through their issues.
  2. De facto couples cannot split their superannuation– While superannuation can be split between married couples, it can’t happen with de facto couples. – It is still treated as a financial resource where one party has higher superannuation than the other. – This is a consideration which may effect both parties entitlements to a property settlement.
  3. Parents do not have right to spend time with their children– Parents have no rights in relation to their children, only responsibilities. – Children are meant to have a meaningful relationship with both of their parents. – Parents have the responsibility to act in the best interests of their children.
  4. Only 5% of family court matters actually proceed to a final trial– Many couples end up in the family court for kid’s issues or financial issues. – Only a small proportion actually ends up proceeding to a final trial.
  5. Before commencing family court proceedings, couples must attend mediation– The family court requires all parties to attend mediation in relation to kid’s issues. – There are exceptions to this rule, only if mediation is not practical.

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Michael Busby is a Houston divorce lawyer who has been in practice for over 20 years and appears daily in the Family Law Courts of Harris County and Fort Bend County Texas

Busby & Associates , have two Houston Offices, one in Chinatown, Houston Texas and another in Independent Heights, Houston, Texas. Michael Busby is Board Certified in Family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.