People Affected by Family Law Cases
One important thing to remember is that family law isn’t reserved for individuals who have said “I do.” It can apply to any legal relationship, which can include domestic partnerships, same-sex couples, and even non-married couples.
Sometimes, family law cases also reach beyond the immediate family. Especially in the case of child custody, relatives such as siblings, grandparents, aunts, and uncles may be called to step in.
Once the guardian is appointed, they will be responsible for the following, according to the Ohio Attorney General:
- Maintaining custody, allowing the guardian to choose where the child lives.
- Making decisions regarding education, including where the child enrolls in school, how to keep up with educational expenses, and how to ensure the child meets satisfactory attendance requirements.
- Providing support by purchasing everyday items that benefit the child’s well-being.
- Making medical decisions, such as authorizing medical care, tests, and/or counseling.
Even this brief overview shows how even a small family of three can quickly affect extended family members long-term. Ultimately, the goal is for every person in a family-like relationship — including partners, spouses, children, siblings, and grandparents — are protected. That is precisely what a family law attorney is hired to do.