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What Are Family Attorneys?
A family attorney, or family law attorney, is a legal professional who assists people that need help with family law legal issues. Family law covers many different topics, including:
- Child custody/visitation
- Divorce/legal separation
- Spousal and child support
- Domestic violence
- Other issues like name changes and adoption
Family attorneys often have generalized knowledge in the field of family law. In some cases, they might specialize in a particular area or sub-field in family law.
What Do Family Attorneys Do?
Unlike other types of attorneys, such as criminal attorneys or tax attorneys, family law attorneys tend to have a role similar to a mediator. This is because a lot of family law issues are resolved through mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods. However, lawsuits and court trials are still common in the area of family law.
Family law attorneys perform tasks such as:
- Filing lawsuits and legal claims
- Reviewing legal documents
- Researching federal, state, and local laws
- Meeting with social workers, such as child adoption agents
- Assisting with family mediation
- Representing clients as they attend family court sessions
How Can I Find a Qualified Family Attorney?
Finding a qualified family law attorney is not always an easy task. Some people choose to do searches through phone books, attorney listings, or bar associations. While these may be suitable methods, they often do not provide much feedback regarding the attorney’s professional background or performance.
A more efficient way to find a family law lawyer is to use LegalMatch’s online matching service. LegalMatch.com operates an online client-matching service in all areas of law and in all 50 states. Simply post your family law case online and you will be matched with a qualified family law attorney in a short period of time. The matching service is free, confidential, and easy to use.
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Last Modified: 06-11-2014 02:08 PM PDT
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