Family Law Attorney Job Description

By | August 17, 2011

Family law attorney job description and profile

A family law attorney handles all matters related to family issues such as divorces, settlements and custody of child. These attorneys have a huge scope in the present United States scenario since family disputes and divorces are on a rise. Family attorneys also provide counseling to families in order to avoid couples from having a divorce. They are also towards protecting rights of inheritance, surrogate parenting, prenuptial agreements, domestic violence, same-sex marriages and paternity suits.

Family law attorney job duties and responsibilities

  • Working with families in order to provide counseling and taking divorce proceedings forward if the couple still have differences
  • Filing required legal documents in the court and seeing that all legal matters such as divorce settlements, child’s custody and child visitation rights are clarified
  • Making legal settlements and protecting the rights of children who are subject to neglect, abuse or illegal labor
  • Drafting legal documents for surrogacy
  • Fighting lawsuits on client’s behalf in cases such as property settlements, inheritance, paternity claims and child support
  • Filing appeals if cases are lost
  • Investigating the case and finding out the truth of the matter
  • Working in order to uphold juvenile law
  • Making legal arrangements in adoption cases

Family law attorney skills and specifications

  • Thorough knowledge regarding family laws such as divorce laws, child rights, inheritance, custody, prenuptials and other related subjects
  • Sound knowledge regarding case proceedings and procedures
  • Excellent observation, analysis and problem solving skills
  • Must have genuine concern for the families and make efforts to unite families that have differences
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills
  • Ability to work long hours with regard to cases
  • Ability to convince couples from getting legally separated

Family law attorney education and qualification

  • Bachelor’s degree in law from certified institution with specialization in family law

Family law attorney salary

  • Earnings vary based on the workload that a lawyer is willing to take, his reputation and place of work
  • Earnings can range anywhere between $40,000 and $1,000,000 per year