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Family Lawyer

Help people resolve the legal aspects of family relationships – including divorce, property settlements and parenting arrangements.

What's it like to be a Family Lawyer?

Family Lawyers provide professional advice, assistance and support with a wide range of issues including: separation, divorce, child support, adoption and property, and financial settlements. Family Lawyers also advise on alternative dispute resolution options, considerations prior to entering a relationship or prior to separating, and financial agreements such as prenuptials, superannuation splitting and spousal maintenance.

Family Lawyer

Tasks and duties

  • Resolving legal issues for clients.
  • Corresponding regularly with clients and other solicitors about legal matters.
  • Preparing documents including court applications, contracts and settlement documents.
  • Attending court.
  • Referring clients to counsellors, psychologists, financial planners and other professionals.
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Family law can be a challenging area of the law to work in as it involves counselling clients who are going through difficult life experiences, such as the breakdown of a relationship or defending a child who is a victim of domestic abuse. It can also be rewarding as it provides an opportunity to make a real difference in clients’ lives.

What can I earn as a Family Lawyer?

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How to become a Family Lawyer


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To become a Family Lawyer in Australia you will need to apply to the local Law Society for a Practising Certificate. You’ll then need to complete 18 to 24 months of supervised practice at a law firm. Pathways to becoming a practicing Family Lawyer typically require a combined 5-6 years of education and training.

  1. Complete a Bachelor of Law (LLB) undergraduate degree or a Juris Doctor (JD) postgraduate degree. Both courses are 3 or 4 years long.
  2. Complete Practical Legal Training (PLT). This can be completed in less than a year.
  3. Gain admission from the relevant state or territories Admissions Authority within 5 years of graduation.
  4. Apply for a Practising Certificate from the local Law Society.
  5. Complete 18 to 24 months of supervised practice at a law firm. Although it is not compulsory to complete this at a family law firm, it is certainly preferable if family law is your chosen field.
  6. Once you have become a practising lawyer, you may choose to study a Master of Law (LLM) specialising in family law. Again, this is not compulsory in order to practice as a Family Lawyer.

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