Family court is a specialized court that handles legal matters and disputes related to family and domestic issues. It provides a legal forum for resolving conflicts and making decisions that affect family relationships and dynamics.
Family court cases typically involve issues that are personal, emotional, and often related to family members' well-being and rights.
However, after a death, family court may be needed to help resolve familial situations related to the deceased.
Scenarios where family court might be relevant after a person's death include:
Guardianship Matters: In cases where the deceased person had minor children, family court might become involved if there are disputes over Guardianship or custody arrangements for the children.
Estate & Probate Disputes: While Estate and Probate matters are typically handled in Probate Court, certain aspects related to family matters, such as challenges to the validity of the deceased's Last Will and Testament or the distribution of their Assets, family members might intersect with family court proceedings.
Child Custody: If the deceased had legal custody of a child and there are concerns about the child's well-being or custody arrangements after their death, family court might address these issues.
Child Support: Family court be involved if there are ongoing child support matters, especially if the deceased was the non-custodial parent responsible for providing financial support.
Adoption Matters: If the deceased person was in the process of adopting a child or was planning to adopt, family court might address issues related to the adoption process.
Domestic Violence Protection Orders: If a family member's death was related to domestic violence, family court might handle matters related to restraining orders or protective orders to ensure the safety of Surviving Family members.
The involvement of family court after a person's death will largely depend on the specific circumstances, legal matters, and family relationships involved.