Law Careers in Focus – Family Law Attorney

03 Feb Law Careers in Focus – Family Law Attorney

When considering a career in the law, there are many options available. Attorneys practice is a wide array of sectors along the spectrum. Focusing on a specific practice area is one way to begin building a successful law career.

One area of the law where attorneys can focus in the United States is family law. Family law is a multi-faceted legal focus dealing with family relations, and family lawyers may deal with the law on both the civil and the criminal side.

Here are some of the major practice areas family law encompasses:

  • Adoption
  • Alimony
  • Child custody/visitation
  • Children’s rights
  • Child support
  • Divorce
  • Elder law
  • Estate planning
  • Marriage
  • Marital legal separation
  • Marital property division
  • Wills and trusts

Family law attorneys may have a broader focus or focus on one of the above areas specifically in practice. Family law courts are generally focused on hearing cases that pertain to the dissolution of marriage (divorce or annulment), child custody arguments, guardianship, and domestic violence.

Family law attorneys may operate in private practice, but are also often employed by state and local jurisdictions. Possessing the right mix of legal expertise and experience in the chosen area of focus (i.e. having worked with children for working as a juvenile affairs attorney) is essential to success in family law.