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What a Family lawyer can do for you

Whether you are wanting a divorce, dissolving a civil union, or seeking benefits in a domestic partnership, choose a lawyer who is an expert in family law. A family law attorney can act as a mediator, fighting for custody of your children, getting you back-owed child support, and negotiating for you on cases of alimony. Select your state or city to find an attorney near you.

What does a family law attorney do?

Family law attorneys deal with issues related to family life and domestic relationships, including spousal relationships and parent-child relationships.

Marriage and divorce

Marriage and divorce come with a host of potential issues. The following are some of the most common issues to arise between spouses:

Child support and child custody

When spouses divorce, questions of child custody and child support arise. Common family law issues include:


Depending on the type of adoption you choose, you may need to contact extensive legal help. The following are the most common types of adoption:

Domestic violence

It's important to consult with a family law attorney as soon as possible in the middle of a domestic abuse situation. In addition to the police, an attorney can help you get full custody or file an order of protection to keep your family safe.

How are family law attorneys paid?

Family law professionals offer a number of payment arrangements to suit the financial needs of their clients. Common fee structures include:

In addition, you may need to pay the following fees:

Your legal fees will depend on the following:

Top 5 questions to ask a family law attorney

You should always have an initial consultation before hiring a family lawyer. Prepare a list of questions to ask your potential family law attorney when you meet them for the first time. Their answers can help you decide if you would like to continue working with them.

Qualities to look for in a family law attorney

As your potential family law attorney is answering your questions, you should assess their answers and behavior to decide whether they are the best lawyer for you. The following qualities may indicate that this attorney is a good match:

Interviewing multiple lawyers will help you find the best match for your unique case. To get started, search for experienced family lawyers near your city in our lawyer directory.

Did you know?

2.7 - the divorce rate per 1,000 population for 45 states and D.C. in 2019 based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics.