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What is the purpose of family law?

They say you can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family. This is not entirely true, since many Florida families choose to open their homes to new members every day through the avenue of adoption. Others opt to extend hospitality to people in need who eventually become like brothers and sisters.

The truth is whether your family grows by birth or by choice, sometimes you need a little assistance from the legal system, and family law provides a backdrop for that assistance. A system of care intended to help households adapt to both the expected and the surprising events they encounter, family law functions around guiding principles that have your household's best interest at heart.

A post from Florida Courts outlines those principles beginning with the foundational belief that "children should live in safe and permanent homes," a core value that keeps your kids front and center among a host of other priorities.

Additionally, family court heralds therapeutic justice, "a process that attempts to address the family's interrelated legal and non-legal problems to produce a result that improves the family's functioning." Ideally, the court will offer resources - such as counseling and training in dispute resolution - that support your family members' ability to recover from past trauma and contribute positively to the future outlook of your home. 

Other assurances that the courts fight for you include:

  • Commitment to well-trained judicial staff
  • Focus on maximizing resources for the benefit of families
  • Aim for "long-term stability" without "the need for subsequent court action"

Family law ultimately has the best interests of your children and your family unit as its aim. Not intended as legal advice, this information offers insight into the purpose of family law. 

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