Many sorts of dispute fall into this broad category; many people who will not otherwise have any dealings during their lives with the judicial system have domestic relations disputes. Because of the volume of legal business generated by the law of domestic relations, a number of jurisdictions have established specialized courts of limited jurisdiction, sometimes called family courts, which hear domestic cases exclusively.


  • divorce
  • property settlements
  • alimony, spousal support, or other maintenance
  • the establishment of paternity
  • the establishment or termination of parental rights
  • child support
  • child custody
  • visitation
  • adoption
  • emancipation of minors
  • etc ..
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