Family Law Pathway

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

Public Policy

Family lawyers affect contested public policies such as how to define a family, protect the best interests of children, ensure fairness of child support obligations, and increase access to legal representation. They:

  • Advocate for judicial decisions in individual cases or “impact litigation”
  • Get involved with bar association sections and national specialty organizations
  • Lobby the legislature

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