Explore how family law is applied within these practice contexts.
- Plan how to protect assets before disputes arise through pre-nuptial and community property agreements
- Advise clients at all stages of dispute processes
- Pursue collaborative law approaches resolving parties’ disputes outside of court
- Facilitate adoptions and acknowledgments of paternity, and make surrogacy arrangements
- Negotiate and draft documents relating to parenting and financial distributions on marriage dissolution, including pre-nuptial, separation, parenting plans, community property agreements and division of retirement benefits, and surrogacy and agreements related to assisted reproduction.
- File or defend lawsuits over divorce or domestic partnerships, including parenting plans/child custody and property division, domestic violence protection orders, dependency, emancipation of minors, and paternity
- Discover financial and child welfare information
- Negotiate agreements
- Engage in mediation
- Draft and argue motions
- Try lawsuits
Family lawyers affect contested public policies such as defining a family, the best interests of children, fairness of child support obligations and access to legal representation.
- Advocate for judicial decisions in individual cases or “impact litigation”
- Get involved with bar association sections and national specialty organizations
- Lobby the legislature