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Summary: Learn more about what it is like to be a Family Law attorney in this article.
Family Law Attorney

What Does a Family Law Attorney Do?

Why Do Family Law Attorneys Enjoy Their Jobs?
  • Attorneys who like family law are typically most comfortable assisting individuals and learning about their issues.
  • They like the personal and one-on-one nature of the work.
  • The majority of family law attorneys are comfortable with conflict and the stress involved in this sort of work. While the legal issues can be complex, most are not.
  • Accordingly, attorneys tend to function and succeed more on their personality and presence than on substance compared to other practice areas.

What Are the Difficulties of Being a Family Law Attorney?
  • This work can be extremely stressful, and burnout is common.
  • Attorneys must deal with highly-charged emotions and stress.
  • The work can also feel very repetitive to many attorneys, and because the work is done mainly on behalf of individuals, it can be difficult getting paid.
  • The highly emotional nature of this work is upsetting to many attorneys, and it can be highly contentious as well.

How Easy Is It to Move Laterally as a Family Law Attorney?
  • There are lateral positions in this practice area-some even filled by legal recruiters-but due to the intimate size of these practice groups and the firms that do this work, recruiters are not frequently used.
  • Also, the quality of an attorney's academics and the firm is not important for most firms doing this work and therefore law firms often do not require the sourcing of high-end attorneys.
  • The experience that good family law attorneys get is transferrable quite easily to other family law firms.
  • Also, this is a relatively easy practice area for attorneys to build a client base in.

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