Filing a Case against a Family Member

There is no family who never faces an argument or a fight. Even the happiest households sometimes have a conflict and the family member might argue and fight with one another but things usually get resolved slowly. But sometimes these fights or conflicts may be so severe that you might have to seek for legal action to resolve the matter. If a family gets into a dispute which is severe and complex and cannot be resolved on their own then they reach a point where legal help is required by them to sort the dispute.

There could be various reasons due to which you would need to file a case against your family member. These include domestic violence, fraud, home invasion, financial issues, divorce, and felonies. Traditionally, the courts didn’t permit the family members to press charges against each other for misdemeanors due to the concern that it might break down the family unit. Today, however, many state courts have moved away from this kind of thinking for the reason that if a family has requested legal action then the things ought to be complex and the family might already be broken so the parties should have a day in court to sort everything out. The state of Ohio still follows the traditional rule barring but sometimes it makes an exception if the torts are intentional and causing harm to the other family members.

Before filing a case against your family member there are some things which you must consider with a clear mind. You can also get the help of a mediator to help you sort these things out. You must first consider if the dispute is legitimately legal or not. In most cases, the disputes are sparked due to feelings being hurt or strong emotional responses from the participants and they aren’t much legally actionable. It is worth taking a realistic look at everything before filing a case which has little to no legally actionable foundation.

Consider if filing the case is really necessary and worth your time and money and also the consequences of the future on you and your family. You should also consider the fact that sometimes opting for legal action will make things even worse and raise the flames even more and make even some little conflicts transformed to huge issues. If your relationship with that family member has deteriorated to the extent that you no longer wish to have any contact with them what so ever, then you might not be too concerned about the aftermath of your legal action. But it is always worth considering the potential of a legal action so that it might not become something big.

You must have in mind that there are always multiple options for you to consider and you must consider each of them with a calm and clear mind. In most cases, there is a better way to resolve the conflicts during family members then taking legal actions. The time and money wasted by taking a serious step could be avoided if you just think with a clear mind.