What is the difference between a family lawyer and a divorce lawyer?
Divorce is actually a subset of family law. A divorce lawyer is a family law lawyer who does divorce. Family Law encompasses divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, paternity (establishing the legal father/child relationship), adoption, guardianship, orders of protection and other things.
Do family law attorneys handle divorce?
Family lawyers are legal professionals that specialize in matters to do with family law. They handle legal issues that are concerned with members of the family. Such legal issues include divorce, child custody, and guardianship among others. Family lawyers can act as mediators when family disagreements develop.
What do family and divorce lawyers do?
Most family law practices focus on representing clients in a divorce and the issues related to divorce such as the division of marital property, child custody and support, and alimony. Family lawyers also draft prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and litigate related matters.
What kind of cases do family lawyers handle?
The most common issues handled at family court include:Marriage Dissolution. Paternity and Child Custody. Protection Orders Against Domestic Violence. Name Changes. Guardianship. Termination of Parental Rights and Adoptions. Juvenile Matters. Emancipation and Approval of Underage Marriages.