Family Lawyers

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Family lawyers provide legal representation to individuals or families regarding issues such as adoption, children’s rights, divorce, and estates and trusts. Family law is a multifaceted field in which lawyers work on both civil and criminal cases. Family lawyers work as solo practitioners and for law firms, nonprofit organizations, public defender’s offices, legal services offices, state’s attorney’s offices, public guardian’s offices, and departments of children and family services. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Adoption Attorneys, Divorce Lawyers, Family Attorneys, Family Law Attorneys, Matrimonial Lawyers
Duties Provide legal representation to individuals or families regarding issues such as adoption, child custody, divorce, and estate planning; prepare legal documents; participate in mediation/arbitration on behalf of clients; represent clients in court
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Law Degree
School Subjects
  • Government
  • Psychology
  • Speech
Experience Family law internship or clerkship highly recommended
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
Skills
  • Information Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Partner, or Solo Practitioner, or Judge, or Law Professor
  • Supervising or Managing Attorney
  • Family Lawyer
  • Law Clerk or Intern

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