What does a divorce lawyer do?
Divorce lawyers represent their clients in marriage termination proceedings in front of civil, juvenile, or probate courts. They represent individuals in cases that involve alimony, child custody, child support, and division of property that is jointly held. They perform investigations of cases to obtain evidence and follow the best path of legal action. Divorce lawyers write and file motions, contracts, and agreements to represent the best interest of individuals. They also draft prenuptial, alimony, and custodial agreements. Divorce lawyers often provide the necessary advice on the legal issues related to divorce. Some divorce lawyers settle divorce cases through mediation so they do not have to go to court.
What kind of training does a divorce lawyer need?
Divorce lawyers must have at least a bachelor degree and juris doctorate degree from a law school that is accredited. Most law schools require applicants to receive a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) to gain acceptance. Prospective divorce lawyers typically complete courses in legal writing, civil procedure, jurisprudence, argument and philosophy, and family law. Most law schools require students to complete internships. Many aspiring divorce lawyers complete internships or obtain part-time employment in law firms that specialize in family or divorce law to gain experience and establish valuable contacts. All states require divorce lawyers to pass written bar examinations to become licensed to practice law. Divorce lawyers must complete continuing legal education to maintain their licenses, keep their skills current, and stay up to date with advancements and changes in the field.
What are the prospects for a career as a divorce lawyer?
Employment of all lawyers, including divorce lawyers is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 13% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The growing population and increase in marriages ending in divorce will drive job growth for divorce lawyers.
Job prospects are expected to be good with keen competition. Divorce lawyers with excellent academic records and extensive experience will have the best job opportunities.
How much do divorce lawyers make?
As of January 2010, the average annual salary for divorce lawyers is $34,000; average annual divorce lawyer salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as a divorce lawyer is a great choice for people with a strong interest in representing a variety of clients going through divorces. Divorce lawyers must have a solid understanding of the policies and procedures related to divorces. Patience, determination, self-confidence, analytical thinking, detail orientation, and good problem solving skills are essential characteristics. Divorce lawyers must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to provide support to emotional clients.