Family law consists primarily of divorce and paternity actions. Divorce actions are for terminating a marriage. If the married couple had children together, custody will be addressed as part of the divorce. For parents who were never married, custody is laid out in a paternity action.
Family law matters can either be contested or uncontested. Contested matters require a judge to make a decision because the parties cannot agree. In uncontested matter, the parties are able to agree on settlement terms without a judge’s help.