Family Lawyer Career Information, Job Outlook & Salary

Family Law Attorney

Family Law Attorney Career Overview

Family law attorneys represent clients in civil litigation and other legal proceedings, create legal documents, and advise clients in legal matters. The area of family law includes cases of family-related issues and domestic relations such as marriage, civil union, domestic partnership, issues arising during marriage, and the termination of the relationship including divorce, annulment, property settlements, alimony, and child custody.

Family Law Education Requirements

Almost all states require attorneys to have passed a bar examination and to hold a degree in professional law from an accredited law school. In addition, most jurisdictions require attorneys to complete regular continuing legal education requirements.

Family Lawyer Employment

In 2006, attorneys held about 761,000 jobs. Approximately 27 percent of were self-employed, either in solo practices or practicing as a partner at a law firm. Most salaried attorneys held positions in government, law firms, corporations, or nonprofit organizations.

Family Lawyer Job Description

This job category is expected to grow 11 percent during the 2006-16 decade--about the average rate for overall job growth for all occupations. Growth in population is expected create more legal transactions, civil disputes, and criminal cases. Also, the affordability of legal clinics is likely to result in increased use of legal services by middle-income people.

Family Lawyer Salary Range

*The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an income range of $45,000 to $80,000 for family law attorneys.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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