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Family lawyers assist individuals with divorces, transactions relating to marriage (e.g., prenuptial agreements), child custody, child support, paternity, and guardianship and can assist with the tax and financial aspects of these events. Family law is generally practiced at small firms, though larger firms may have small family law groups that focus on the tax and financial aspects of family law for wealthy families. Family lawyers can also practice at nonprofits focused on the representation of children and victims of domestic abuse. Family law can be a very emotional practice, as the lawyers are often at the center of their clients’ most personal disputes and involves a lot of client contact and counseling. The work can also be very confrontational, though collaborative approaches to reach divorce, custody, and support agreements have been growing recently.

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