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Most private-sector family lawyers work in small law firms or in solo practices. Some large law firms have divisions that focus on matrimonial law or other family law issues for high-wealth individuals, or they have a few lawyers on staff who are experts in this area. In the public sector, family lawyers often work at the state or local levels, focusing on issues such as child welfare or juvenile delinquency. They are employed in public defender’s offices, legal services offices, state’s attorney’s offices, public guardian’s offices, and departments of children and family services. Family lawyers also work for nonprofit children’s law centers and social-service organizations.

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