family court

family court
family court n: a court that has jurisdiction and often advisory powers over domestic disputes involving the rights and duties of husband, wife, parent, or child esp. in matters affecting the support, custody, and welfare of children compare juvenile court

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

family court
A court with jurisdiction over matters related to families and children, including child abuse and neglect, support and custody, paternity, and juvenile delinquency.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

family court
A separate court or a separate division of the regular state trial court, that considers only cases involving family-related issues, which could include divorce, child custody and support, guardianship, adoption, and the issuance of restraining orders in domestic violence cases.
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & Custody

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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  • family court — ▪ law       special court designed to deal with legal problems arising out of family relations. The family court is usually a consolidation of several types of courts dealing with narrower family problems, such as children s courts and orphans… …   Universalium

  • Family court — For other uses, see Family court (disambiguation). A family court is a court convened to decide matters and make orders in relation to family law, such as custody of children. In common law jurisdictions family courts are statutory creations… …   Wikipedia

  • family court — Such courts exist in several states. While the jurisdiction of such courts will differ somewhat from state to state, typically this court will have jurisdiction over: (1) child abuse and neglect proceedings, (2) support proceedings, (3)… …   Black's law dictionary

  • family court — court that deals with family related issues (divorce, child custody, etc.) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • family court — noun a court in some states in the United States that has jurisdiction over family disputes (especially those involving children) • Syn: ↑domestic relations court, ↑court of domestic relations • Hypernyms: ↑court, ↑tribunal, ↑judicature …   Useful english dictionary

  • family court — /fæmli ˈkɔt/ (say famlee kawt) noun a court which administers family law …   Australian English dictionary

  • family court — fam′ily court n. law court of domestic relations • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • family court — noun Date: circa 1931 court of domestic relations …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • family court. — See court of domestic relations. [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

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