Family law and matrimonial law are about families, and matters that affect families and individuals and their relationships. Within the field of family law are all kinds of issues such as marriage, separation, and divorce, as well as child adoption, custody, and access. Matrimonial law is a branch of family law that specifically deals with issues that relate to marriage.
The field of matrimonial law covers matters that relate to marriage, separation, divorce, and child custody. Because the law recognizes that not all intimate relationships involve marriage, this field of law also covers matters relating to civil partnerships and long-term marriage-like relationships.
- Marriage, civil partnership, and cohabitation agreements
- Separation and divorce
- Property rights, asset distribution, and financial settlements
- Parental responsibility orders, for example child maintenance payments
- Child arrangement orders