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.
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.
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?
Latest Family Lawyer jobs on SEEK
How to become a Family Lawyer
- Complete a Bachelor of Law (LLB) undergraduate degree or a Juris Doctor (JD) postgraduate degree. Both courses are 3 or 4 years long.
- Complete Practical Legal Training (PLT). This can be completed in less than a year.
- Gain admission from the relevant state or territories Admissions Authority within 5 years of graduation.
- Apply for a Practising Certificate from the local Law Society.
- 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.
- 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.
Explore related qualifications
SEEK users who have worked as a Family Lawyer have studied these qualifications.
Develop foundational legal knowledge and skills and prepare for a career in law with this qualification.