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July 16, 2020

ABA Guide to Family Law

Family Legal Guide

This book will enable you to gain a greater understanding of the rights and responsibilities of people who are married, divorced, or living together. It could also help you work with others (including your attorney) to resolve disputes and plan for the future.

Family law, also known as matrimonial law or the law of domestic relations, often involves a great deal of stress. When people need information on family law, it is usually because they are going through—or considering—significant changes in their lives, such as divorce or separation. Other types of family law, including requirements for getting married and adopting a child, are associated with happier events, but have their share of stresses too. Knowledge of the law does not eliminate all the anxieties that may accompany a legal issue, but it is a step in the right direction.

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Ch. 1: When and How to Use a Lawyer

Ch. 2: How the Legal System Works

Ch. 3: Family Law

Ch. 4: Buying and Selling a Home

Ch. 5: Home Ownership

Ch. 6: Adoption

Ch. 7: Consumer Credit

Ch. 8: Consumer Bankruptcy

Ch. 9: Contracts and Consumer Law

Ch. 10: Automobiles

Ch. 11: Child Support

Ch. 12: Forming and Operating a Small Business

Ch. 13: Personal Injury

Ch. 14: Criminal Justice

Ch. 15: The Rights of Older Americans

Where to Get More Information

Information from this ABA guide is also used on Findlaw's "For the Public" site.