Family Law Pathway

What Family Lawyers Do

Family lawyers:

  • Help clients create new family relationships, alter existing ones, define financial relationships and ensure safety
  • Represent individuals and occasionally the state when it intervenes in family relationships
  • Navigate statutes and case law, and complex family dynamics
  • Practice in small or solo firms, most commonly, some large firms serving high income individuals, civil legal aid organizations serving low-income clients, government agencies administering child support or dependency laws, on-line fixed fee legal services providers, such as LegalZoom.com; Maryland Family Lawyer.Com

Related Pathways: Estate Planning & Elder Law, Tax

Who Might Enjoy This Specialty?

You might enjoy practicing family law if you:

  • Enjoy connecting with people, especially if you are good with difficult people or situations
  • Listen and counsel clients skillfully
  • Negotiate creatively and effectively
  • Keep the lines clear between your personal life and professional life – this area of law can be emotionally taxing

Last updated 6/18/2014