Families And The Law
Family law relates to anything that involves family as the name implies. Issues that arise through civil unions, marriages and even divorce and annulment of marriages are settled through the use of family lawyers. If there has been any spousal abuse, whether it is physical or mental, the victims may seek help from family lawyers in Brisbane. Anything which relates to children in a family may be referred to family lawyers. This includes the instances of abuse of children both mental and physical, adoption or surrogacy procedures and even issues of custody which arise through divorce. Alimony, child support and settlements relating to divorce cases are all thing that would be tackled by family lawyers.
Family lawyers have a very difficult task on their hands when dealing with any cases that may become part of their workload. Where families are involved, emotions always run high and it can be difficult to remain completely objective where children are involved or where abuse has been present in a marriage.
Adoption and surrogacy are two cases where paperwork is tedious but necessary. These are legal and binding contracts and any misrepresentations or incorrect information could result in tearing a longed for and desired family from within reach. In these cases the lawyer needs to be meticulous and very open with the clients and reveal to them every possible case scenario that could arise so that there are no surprises in store for them. The lawyer also needs to make the clients in adoption cases very aware that there is a window period where the person who is presenting the child for adoption, can change their mind. This is where the emotions begin to take toll and the lawyer really needs to be able to keep themselves from becoming emotionally attached to any case. It is impossible to offer the service required when you are using your heart and not your head.
Mental and physical abuse of any child or spouse is a very serious allegation and every avenue needs to be explored to protect the victims from further harm. Obviously physical abuse may be a little easier to prove if the victim has documented the injuries and has medical records of such injuries but in a lot of cases, the spouse or child being abused is afraid and says nothing which leaves any paper trail and proof empty. Mental abuse is so much harder to prove and in some cases the mental torture is worse than any physical harm could be.
The work of family lawyers is not easy. We may all think that it is paperwork and pen pushing but what we don’t realize is how emotionally draining it can be and how hard it must be to remain objective in cases that run on such high emotions. You would really have to be a robot not to feel anything at all and this is what makes the job of a family lawyer so hard. Drawing the line between work and becoming emotionally involved is a very fine line.