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Family Law: A Beginner’s Guide

This research guide provides information about legal resources regarding marriage, divorce, child custody, child support, and other family law matters.

Introduction

Whether it be in relation to marriage, the birth of children, adoption, or divorce, family law is one area of the law that affects nearly everyone. But even though family law is a part of daily life, legal issues in this area can quickly become complex.

We have collected a sampling of the marriage, divorce, child custody, child support, and adoption resources available, both at the Law Library of Congress and on the free web, to help researchers get a better handle on these issues.

Samuel D. Ehrhart, artist. An international high noon divorce. 1906. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.