family court

noun

Examples of family court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because of their ages, among the details being withheld by authorities, their case is being handled by the family court division of Jackson County Circuit Court. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 23 Feb. 2024 The Office of the Juvenile Officer acts as a prosecutor for criminal cases brought against minors with the proceedings held in family court. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 21 Feb. 2024 The Kings County Family Court did not immediately return PEOPLE's inquiries on Wednesday, and The New York State Office of Court Administration referred inquiries to the family court. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 4 Oct. 2023 Testimony and evidence during trial showed Leung’s wife had filed for divorce, and a family court counselor recommended that his wife get full custody of their children, prosecutors said. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 2 Feb. 2024 Government family court data shows there were 28,865 divorce applications between January and March 2023 compared with 24,624 between April and June of the same year. Marc Shoffman, theweek, 10 Jan. 2024 Rights groups and the LGBTQ+ community in Japan have been hopeful for a change in the law after a local family court, in an unprecedented ruling earlier this month, accepted a transgender male's request for a gender change without the compulsory surgery, saying the rule is unconstitutional. TIME, 25 Oct. 2023 The family court system is broken as hell and 2022 was another glaring reminder. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2023 An arrest also puts the youth under the jurisdiction of the family courts. Gina Barton, USA Today, 20 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of family court was in 1917

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“Family court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/family%20court. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition

family court

noun
: a court that has jurisdiction and often advisory powers over domestic disputes involving the rights and duties of husband, wife, parent, or child especially in matters affecting the support, custody, and welfare of children compare juvenile court

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