I will start by defining some terms – things that you are going to need to know to understand later programs and materials that I will cover. In the first part of this program I’m going to explain the basics about what family law is, and what the juvenile court is. The second part of the program I will get into some basic concepts of family law and juvenile law: legal decision making, parenting time and placement
What is family law and what is juvenile law? For one thing, we have two different courts.
Both, though part of the same court system, are really different divisions of the same court- the Superior court here in southern Arizona. The adult family law court as we may call it handles certain array of proceedings and situations. The juvenile court handles other matters – this court in our community is located in a different building, but this is not always the case in Arizona. Sometimes the courts deal with the same families and there is often cross training occurring among the judges.
The adult family law court is where most of the family law takes place. There are a number of actions that are filed in the adult family law court that really define what we do in family law. There is the divorce, which of course everyone knows what that is. There is also legal separation, which is similar to a divorce in almost every respect, except at the end the parties are still married. It accomplishes virtually the same thing in almost all respects as a divorce.
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Podcast #1: What is Family Law, Juvenile Law, Legal Decision Making, Parenting Time and Placement?)