When a couple divorces, one of the issues the courts are usually concerned with is whether or not the couple is covered by divorce law in all areas covered by Family Law. There are generally four areas of family law: child custody, child support, alimony and division of property. Here is a thorough discussion by OklahomaCityDivorceAttorney.Org.
The first area is child custody. If a couple has a child who has become an issue during the divorce, that child will be given full custody of the child. The court will then make a determination as to whether or not that parent should receive primary physical custody. If both parents agree, the court will make the final decision as to who the child’s primary caregiver should be. In most cases, the parent with the most time spent caring for the child will have primary physical custody.
The second area of family law covered is child support. Child support laws will cover those parents who have a child who is supported by the other parent. The father may be required to pay for the child’s expenses, such as daycare or transportation.
The third area of family law covered is child support. Child support laws will cover those parents who have a child who is supported by the other parent. The father may be required to pay for the child’s expenses, such as daycare or transportation.
The fourth area of family law covered is alimony. Alimony laws will be used to determine who pays who in the event of a divorce. The law will dictate what type of alimony will be awarded and how much will be paid. Usually, alimony can be awarded for an indefinite amount of time.
The courts have the final say in determining who is covered by child support and who is not. The parents may disagree about the issues or make agreements regarding child support, but the law makes the final determination.
Alimony is not covered by divorce law. The parents may agree to jointly pay alimony but if one spouse becomes unemployed or unable to work because of an injury or illness, alimony will not be awarded.
Most divorce agreements will cover child support, alimony and division of property. If the agreement does not, the courts will establish an equitable procedure that will govern the agreement between the parents. It is advisable to talk with a family law attorney regarding the divorce agreement, so the attorney can explain the legal ramifications of that agreement.