Divorce lawyers are those that specialize in dissolution, divorce and annulment. Most divorce lawyers also practice family law, and they deal in issues like wills and adoptions. Couples in the process of a legal separation should hire a lawyer that's familiar with the divorce process, to ensure an amicable resolution and to protect their interests.
To be a divorce lawyer, a person must of course attend law school, and study family law issues. Then, they must get their law license by passing the bar exam. Most states' bar exam includes both a written test and an assessment of character, and once the candidate passes both of those tests, they will look for work in a family law practice in order to gain the experience they need to do their job.
A divorce lawyer's first job is the drafting of divorce papers when they are approached by a client. In many cases, the divorce is mutually agreed upon, and the couple may jointly ask the lawyer for help. However, in contentious divorce cases, each partner will hire their own lawyer. Once the lawyer drafts the petition for dissolution, the papers are signed by the person asking for the divorce and then served to the other party.
One of the most important parts of being a divorce lawyer is striving for a settlement that is in both parties' best interests. Divorce settlements include dividing assets, deciding child custody, and settling on child support and alimony. Divorce lawyers also enforce prenuptial agreements.
Where the divorce is not amicable, the divorce lawyer will represent their client in family court. The lawyer will help his/her client in drawing up a prenuptial agreement, ensuring that their interests are protected in the event that the marriage does not work out.