Family and Juvenile Law

 

WHAT LAWYERS WHO PRACTICE IN THIS FIELD DO

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Family and/or juvenile lawyers help manage legal problems between persons with familial relationships.

  • These issues can include paternity, guardianship, juvenile delinquency, emancipation, domestic violence, divorce, custody, child support, division of property, adoption, and elder law issues.
  • Lawyers who practice in the area of family and/or juvenile law can work in a variety of settings, including law firms, courts, nonprofit organizations, or governmental entities. 

 

  • Lawyers who work in a law firm or public interest organization can represent a parent or a child in family law or juvenile proceedings, while lawyers who work for a government entity can investigate dependency, neglect and abuse proceedings, or prosecute juvenile delinquency proceedings.  
  • Lawyers can also serve as family and/or juvenile-court judges, or as staff attorneys for judges. 

 

BAR EXAMINATION FACTOR

Although some jurisdictions, including Kentucky, include essay questions about Family Law on their bar exams, these topics are not tested in the multiple choice component of the bar.


 

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