The field of family law is expansive, including areas such as custody, divorce, and adoption. The family law attorney is the professional hired to help guide clients through their cases and help achieve an optimal resolution through a settlement process or as their representative in court as they argue the case before a family court judge. Some family lawyers handle all, or many, kinds of family law cases, while others may tend to focus primarily, or even exclusively, on one aspect of family law (such as divorce lawyers and custody lawyers). More so than in most other types of law, family law can be a difficult process for clients because of the personal nature of many cases; family law attorneys must be able to help navigate their clients through emotionally difficult legal proceedings.
Family lawyers typically complete a bachelor's degree, as well as three years of legal education. They must successfully complete the state bar exam for the state in which they want to work and maintain a license to practice law in that state. Additionally, a family lawyer should have both the necessary understanding of family law and the strategic talent to help plan and strengthen their cases. The family lawyer must be a good communicator as well to work with clients, other lawyers, and additional legal professionals, as well as present their case before a judge.
Family Law Attorney Tasks
Monitor the progress of court cases within the assigned area of responsibility and take appropriate measures.
Provide expertise, guidance and instruction in family law, civil litigation, probate law, guardianship law, elder law and agency policy.
Interact routinely with caseworkers, supervisors, program directors and program administrators.
Provide representation for client in court in legal cases as pertains to family law.
Advise staff on legal matters and interprets laws, regulations, and policies.