Divorce lawyers are specialized attorneys that deal with the dissolution of a marital union. They represent their client in legal filings, the division of assets, and child-custody decisions, working to guarantee their client's rights are secured and ensure they receive an optimal settlement. Divorce lawyers' day-to-day tasks may vary depending on clients' needs; some general tasks they may perform in the course of a workday include returning telephone calls, drafting correspondence, counseling clients, preparing for pleadings to the court, and traveling to court for hearings.
Divorce lawyers generally work full time in an office setting, although additional and/or alternative hours may be required to meet clients' and employers' needs. Divorce lawyer may find employment as part of an existing practice or form their own practice.
Divorce lawyers must have a juris doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited law school, as well as have passed the state bar exam in the state in which they wish to practice. Previous experience in family law - perhaps including specifically with divorces - is generally required or preferred as well. Divorce lawyers should have excellent communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills, as well as proficiency with basic computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite.
Divorce Lawyer Tasks
Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
Advise clients in business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.