Family Law in the 50 States

The Family Law Quarterly publishes these charts in conjunction with the annual "Family Law in the Fifty States Case Digests." The charts summarize basic laws in each state by topic, including custody, alimony and grounds for divorce. All charts are current as of September 2017. (Please note: These charts are based on reporters from the various states. The laws may have changed or new cases may have interpreted statutes.)

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Matters dealing with marriage, divorce, separation, domestic violence, child abduction, child custody & visitation, child support, adoption, trusts, wills, estates, property, etc. are under the jurisdiction of state and local courts. The American Bar Association Section of Family Law is a national association for marital and family law attorneys. We are not qualified or able to provide legal advice. If you need to consult with a lawyer and are unable to locate one through your personal contacts, please visit the ABA's Find Legal Help website.