What's the Typical Job Description for a Family Lawyer?

What’s the Typical Job Description for a Family Lawyer?

November 19, 2021

Have you ever wondered what exactly a family law attorney does? Perhaps you’re considering a legal career, or maybe you just want to know what kind of family law services are available. While a family lawyer is commonly associated with divorces and custody proceedings, there are plenty of other tasks a family lawyer can assist with.

Here’s an overview of the job and what it takes to become a family law attorney.

Education and experience

The vast majority of lawyers go to law school for their education. Some states have exceptions where a person can study law on their own and take the bar exam, but most students prefer a traditional classroom setting. Law school can take anywhere from three to five years, but most programs take three years to complete. During law school, students usually intern in their chosen fields to gain practical experience.

Once they’re finished with law school, prospective lawyers take the bar exam in the states where they want to practice. This is usually a two- to three-day exam, depending on the state. It covers a variety of subjects, including family law. They may also be required to take a state professional responsibility exam. All prospective lawyers need to pass a background check and moral character investigation before they’re admitted to the bar. At that point, they can practice anywhere in the state, including setting up their own firm.

Family law overview

Divorces and custody proceedings are often the majority of a family law attorney’s practice, but they may also handle prenuptial agreements, adoptions, guardianships, emancipations and paternity law. With an ever-expanding definition of family these days, emotional and legal entanglements can become quite complex. In short, family lawyers help litigate issues pertaining to familial relationships.

Family lawyers can help you when a problem has already developed, but they’re also available to counsel you through potential issues. For example, you might talk to a family lawyer before remarrying, so you understand what kind of property issues are at stake. Perhaps you’d like to adopt a child, and want a better understanding of what the process looks like. Alternatively, you might talk to a lawyer when you’re considering divorce. Your lawyer can help you understand the laws governing divorce in your area, and how they might affect your specific situation.

While some family law proceedings can be done without a lawyer, it’s always a good idea to hire one. Their education and experience make it possible to advocate for your needs in a way you can’t do on your own. Even lawyers hire lawyers for their own family law issues—having an objective third party review your case is crucial in emotionally fraught times.

When should I hire a family lawyer?

Any time you’re going through separation, divorce, paternity and custody issues, adoptions and other familial issues verging on legal territory, you should hire a family lawyer. A sure sign you need one is when the other parties have hired their own attorneys.

When you need skilled family law assistance, call the Law Office of Rob Biggers today. We’ll help you navigate these complex legal issues.

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