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1961 Abogados y Economistas Barcelona, Spain
Ayres Carr & Sullivan, P.C. Indianapolis, Indiana
Badeni, Cantilo, Laplacette & Carricart Buenos Aires, Argentina
Banyaiova Vozehova, s.r.o., advokatni kancelar Czech Republic
Barcellos Tucunduva Advogados Sao Paulo, Brazil
Barton LLP New York, New York
Beresford Booth PLLC Edmonds, Washington
Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. Phoenix, Arizona
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Matamoros, Mexico
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Mexico City, Mexico
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Queretaro, Mexico
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Reynosa, Mexico
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Monterrey, Mexico
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Tijuana, Mexico
Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton Guadalajara, Mexico
Carney Appleby Law Iowa City, Iowa
Carney Appleby Law Davenport, Iowa
Carney Appleby Law Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Carney Appleby Law Des Moines, Iowa
Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP Binghamton, New York
Datsopoulos, MacDonald & Lind, P.C. Missoula, Montana
Earp Cohn P.C. Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Earp Cohn P.C. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fain, Major & Brennan, P.C. Atlanta, Georgia
FDL, Studio Legale e Tributario Milan, Italy
Fowler Bell PLLC Lexington, Kentucky
Fusthy & Manyai Law Office Budapest, Hungary
Handley Law Center, The Oklahoma City
HHG Legal Group Perth, Australia
Hodkin Law Group, P.A. Boca Raton, Florida
Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes, P.A. Charlotte, North Carolina
James, Potts & Wulfers, Inc. Tulsa, Oklahoma
Koenig & Partners Law Firm Copenhagen, Denmark
Lambert Leser, P.C. Bay City, Michigan
Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich & Trigg, LLC Hackensack, New Jersey
Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich & Trigg, LLC Newark, New Jersey
Mateer Harbert, PA Orlando, Florida
Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall, Trexler, McCabe & Hudson APLC San Diego, California
ONC Lawyers Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR)
Pinilla Gonzalez & Prieto Abogados Bogota, Colombia
Prince Yeates Salt Lake City, Utah
Refalo & Zammit Pace Advocates Malta
Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, P.A. Greenville, South Carolina
Rosen Hagood Charleston, South Carolina
Rosenblum Goldenhersh St. Louis, Missouri
Rudolph Friedmann LLP Boston, Massachusetts
Russell Advocaten B.V. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP Cleveland, Ohio
Seth Dua & Associates Noida, India
Seth Dua & Associates New Delhi, India
Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP Raleigh, North Carolina
Spicer Rudstrom PLLC Nashville, Tennessee
Spicer Rudstrom PLLC Chattanooga, Tennessee
Thomas & Libowitz, P.A. Baltimore, Maryland
Trevett Cristo P.C. Rochester, New York
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC West Virginia
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC Harrisonburg, Virginia
Widerman Malek, P.L. Melbourne, Florida
Widerman Malek, P.L. Daytona Beach, Florida

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As a branch of civil law, family law involves the legal issues pertaining to the relationships among family members. Family law encompasses a broad scope of issues, including adoption, child custody, divorce, domestic violence, juvenile dependency and delinquency, property rights, support obligations, visitation rights and paternity. Family law courts are governed at the state level, so the laws and regulations may vary by state.

The grounds for divorce depend on the state, and may be based on no-fault or fault. A no-fault divorce is available in some form in all 50 states; many states also have fault-based grounds as an additional option. A no-fault divorce is one in which neither the husband nor the wife officially blames the other for the breakdown of the marriage. Common bases for no-fault divorce are “irreconcilable differences,” “irretrievable breakdown” or “incompatibility.” Another common basis for no-fault divorce is that the parties have lived separately for a certain period of time with the intent that the separation be permanent. The list of grounds for a fault-based divorce may include: adultery, physical cruelty, mental cruelty, attempted murder, desertion, habitual drunkenness, use of addictive drugs, insanity, impotency, and infection of one’s spouse with venereal disease.

If the parents cannot agree on custody of their child, the courts decide custody based on “the best interests of the child.” Determining the child’s best interests involves many factors, no one of which is the most important factor. All 50 states have adopted child support guidelines. Some states use tables that indicate a support amount for different ranges of income, similar to tax tables. Although some states base support on the payor’s income, many states use an income shares model, which is based on the income of both parents.

Adoption is the process by which a legal parent-child relationship is created between individuals not biologically parent and child. In most cases, adopted children may inherit on an equal basis with biological children under state laws of distribution upon death of a parent. In some states, doctrines of “equitable adoption” allow courts to recognize adoptions when not all statutory procedures have been carried out.