Definition of family court in US English:

family court


  • A court of law that handles cases involving domestic issues such as divorce, child custody, etc.

    ‘the organization represents children in the family courts’
    as modifier ‘a family court judge’
    • ‘At the same time, he knows that if he takes his children he could be arrested for kidnapping and that the family courts would probably grant his wife custody, again leaving his children in harm's way.’
    • ‘She's also a best-selling author, and a former judge in New York's family court.’
    • ‘They went before a family court in order to win back custody of the boy.’
    • ‘Men believe that family courts have become so unfair that in case of divorce, they will lose custody of their children and their ex will take them for all they're worth.’
    • ‘We are also expecting a ruling from a family court judge who has been asked to grant temporary custody to the great uncle with whom the boy has been living.’
    • ‘Some of the decisions handed down by the family courts have led to a growing feeling among husbands that the courts are biased against them.’
    • ‘The Law Reform Commission has also recommended that regional family courts should be set up to deal with divorce cases separately but this has not been implemented.’
    • ‘Dissolving a civil union is tantamount to divorce and must be done through Vermont's family court.’
    • ‘They go before a family court in order to win back custody of Boy, but their case is weakened when Jane accidentally lets slip that he's not their biological son.’
    • ‘Many judges are specially appointed to hear family court matters only.’