There are vast areas of law that pertain to families and/or children, or conduct that arises between family members, that are not considered a part of Family Law, such as:
- When a child has done something that, if done by adult, would be a crime, then the child has come within the specialized field of Juvenile Law and, absent special circumstances, will be governed by that law.
- But if special circumstances are involved, children may be subject to the same Criminal Law as adults. Of course, adults do commit crimes against each other, as well as children, and are also subject to Criminal Law.
- Probate Law covers the sub-fields of Guardianship and Conservatorship Law, which pertain to either adults or children requiring someone to make decisions concerning their care and placement, or management of their property and income, and the Law of Wills, Trusts and Estates, and Intestate Succession, which governs inheritance, gift and/or management of property between a family members.
A competent Domestic and Family Law attorney should, before scheduling your initial appointment, determine whether your concerns are within the attorney’s area of expertise: after all, you do not go to a brain surgeon if you broke your leg! You may be directed to consult with an attorney who practices in the specific area of law that you need to address, or to consult someone in another profession.