When a legal issue affects your family, getting the advice of a good attorney can make a big difference. A family lawyer can help you manage your family affairs from adoption to divorce with advice, document drafting, and court representation.

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What Does a Family Lawyer Do?

In order to navigate the tough and touchy issues that arise between family members, you may want to include a family lawyer. Family lawyers can handle legal issues that involve your family members, including unions, disputes, split ups, negotiations, and lawsuits.

How Do I Know If I Need a Family Lawyer?

You may want to consult with a family lawyer for any big changes in the family dynamic, including:
  • Civil unions and domestic partnerships
  • Marriage
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Property settlements
  • Alimony
  • Child abuse
  • Spousal abuse
  • Child custody
  • Child kidnapping
  • Adoption
Not every family attorney will have experience in all of these categories. Be sure to ask which areas your lawyer practices to confirm that his or her practice areas fit your needs.

How Much Does a Family Lawyer Cost?

Family lawyers typically charge by the hour, though some also use flat rates for simple services like document drafting or reviews. Rates will vary depending on where you live and the complexity of the matter. Set a rate with your lawyer up front so that you know what to expect at the end.

What Should I Expect When Working with a Family Lawyer?

Because the family law practice area is so broad, it’s hard to say exactly what you can expect from a family law proceeding. But in the end, you should have a better defined relationship with your family. In any case, your lawyer should supply you with advice on whether you should take your case to court and how strong your case is. Your lawyer should take you through every step of the process of filing papers or a lawsuit. For document creation or review, you can expect that your family lawyer will create a legally binding agreement that has clear terms you can understand. If you have to go through negotiations or go to court, there is no guarantee that the outcomes will be ideal for you, but having a family lawyer on your side will give you the best information and chance of winning your case.

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