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Child law is a subset of Family Law, but deals wholly with matters concerning children. This includes matters such as child custody, visitation, restraining orders, child support, adoptions and guardianships.
Collaborative law is a legal process enabling couples who have decided to separate or end their marriage to work with their lawyers and, on occasion, other family professionals in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of court. This process is used to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children without the underlying threat of litigation.
Custody and guardianship are legal terms used to describe the legal and practical relationship between parents and their children, including who makes decisions about important matters involving the children and their lives. Custody also addresses the residency of the children and when each parent has visitation or parenting time with the children.
Divorce is the dissolution of the legal marriage. A Divorce requires a court application and will generally be granted after a couple have been separated for a one year period.
Domestic Contracts are Agreements by which couples settle marital issues. In Domestic contracts the couple can agree to arrangements which are different from the usual Family Law legal statutes.
Upon separation a couple must resolve issues such as the child related matter of custody and support, spousal support and property division. These issues are either resolved through negotiation or a court application.