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Family Law Issues in Agriculture

When farm and ranch families think of the Big D’s that can harm their agriculture operation, they focus on death and destruction but often forget about divorce.  Family law touches all families, including those involved in food and agriculture and multi-generational farm families.  

Every farm and ranch divorce is as diverse as each family itself and can include complex legal issues that are unique to farmers and ranchers.  These fact sheets discuss not only legal issues for families going through these transitions (e.g., child support, spousal maintenance, equitable distribution/ community property, animal issues) but also addresses nuptial agreements and estate planning concerns.  

These fact sheets highlight Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) choices, including mediation.  Because family law is typically state-specific, these fact sheets address general issues.  Readers should speak to an attorney licensed in their jurisdiction.

Family Law Issues in Agriculture: Keeping the Farm Business Intact
Family Law Issues in Agriculture: Farm Succession and Estate Planning Consideration
Family Law Issues in Agriculture: Nuptial Agreements
Family Law Issues in Agriculture: Community Property
Family Law Issues in Agriculture: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Family Law Issues in Agriculture: Orders of Protection
Family Law Issues in Agriculture: Spousal Support
Family Law Issues in Agriculture: Child Custody and Visitation
Family Law Issues in Agriculture: Animal Law Issues
Family Law Issues in Agriculture: Child Support
Family Law Issues in Agriculture: Equitable Distribution

Combined Factsheets

Created by Cari Rincker, Rincker Law PLLC, in conjunction with the National Agricultural Law Center.

Updated 11/2019