So many people come into the office asking, “What do family lawyers do?” For those of us who focus on family law, divorce is a common term; in fact, it dominates our work.

While this may be the case, a family law attorney can assist you in many ways. A family lawyer may help their clients in many ways; we’ll take a look at a few of those ways tonight.

Divorce (of course)

The family law attorneys typically assist clients going through the divorce process. However, there is a great deal of diversity in how family lawyers accomplish this, and even within a single attorney or law office, there is a great deal of difference in how divorce services are tailored to each client.

 To alleviate their concerns about the legal aspects of the process, some clients prefer to have an expert lawyer handle all of the associated paperwork. In contrast, some clients prefer to go it alone during the divorce process and may just require minimal representation, such as reviewing a settlement agreement.

Choosing a divorce attorney can be a stressful ordeal, so it’s crucial to pick someone who understands your situation and shares your philosophy.

Establish Paternity

Among the many essential roles played by family lawyers is determining paternity in cases when the biological father is not the biological mother’s spouse. (A husband’s paternity is presumed by law when a pregnant woman gets married.)

A fatherhood relationship might be either biological or legal. Legally establishing paternity grants a father and his kid specific rights, such as the ability to inherit from each other, receive financial support from the father, and share parenting responsibilities.

Resolving Conflicts Within Families

When a family is involved, going to court isn’t always the greatest option for resolving a disagreement. Courtroom conflict resolution, frequently called litigation, can feel like a zero-sum game at times.

Both sides are often under the false impression that the other has triumphed while they have been dealt a defeating hand. The trial process may be devastating to relationships, regardless of the outcome, especially when family members are involved.

This becomes problematic when the disputants are individuals who had previously been in a close relationship but are now separated, such as siblings or ex-spouses who must co-parent together.

By facilitating a more courteous and dignified process that seeks the “win-win” and maintains ties, family mediation can assist members of the family in resolving conflicts.

 Any disagreement between family members can be resolved through family mediation; however, it is most commonly employed in cases involving child custody and divorce.

Estate Planning and Probate

Though many do, not all lawyers who focus on family law also provide estate planning. Thinking about it, it makes a lot of sense. A marriage, the arrival of a new child, or a divorce are all significant life events that should prompt you to review and revise your estate plan.

Conveniently, you can work with your family lawyer to establish child custody or dissolve your marriage, and then you can work with them to create an estate plan. Knowing your family’s structure and requirements inside and out is something your family lawyer is already proficient in.