From the happy highs of your wedding day, to the stress and anxiety of divorce, the institution of marriage can run the gamut of emotions.

A family law attorney can assist you in navigating the marriage laws in your state. The rules regarding common law marriages and civil unions differ by state and a lawyer will explain your rights and obligations under these laws as well as the laws that pertain to getting a marriage license.

Laws that involve same sex marriages vary by state. Your family law attorney will be able to advise you about the specific provisions in your state laws that will affect your union.

Your attorney will advise you regarding money and property, including prenuptial agreements. It is usually advisable to speak with an attorney well in advance of your wedding day in order to make sure that your wishes and goals are fully represented in your agreement.

Family law attorneys are also your resource when it comes to a legal change of name.

Attorneys that specialize in divorces can provide counsel to you when you or your spouse is considering a divorce. He or she will counsel you on property division and settlement as well as alimony.

They can also assist with child custody and visitation rights and inform you on the particulars of your state laws that pertain to your situation. Divorces in the military have their own special sets of circumstances and you will want to consult with an attorney who will discuss the specifics of military divorces with you.

Family Law Video with Information on Marriages and Divorces