Family law attorneys in California represent men and women who need help resolving disputes in their personal relationships. Family law revolves around marriage, cohabitation, and the parent-child relationship.
What does a family law attorney do? Family law attorneys in California frequently deal with divorce cases, child custody cases or child support calculations, paternity actions and adoption.
In high income or high net worth cases the divorce attorney will deal with more complicated issues of the equitable division of property and retirement assets.
Many of the best family law attorneys in California charge for an initial consultation, have an hourly rate for attorney fees, and require a retainer to begin representation.
NBLSC Certification in Family Law Trial Advocacy - The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification is accredited by the ABA to certify attorneys as specialists in family law trial advocacy.
CBLS Board Certification in Family Law - Lawyers certified as family law specialists by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization (CBLS) have demonstrated substantial involvement in the practice of family law.
The CBLS defines the term "family law" as the practice of law "dealing with all aspects of the California Family Code and including, but not limited to, the following: taxation issues incident to family law practice; contempt; enforcement proceedings; mediation and/or negotiation of family law disputes; psychological and counseling aspects of family law; family law writ and appellate practice; postmarital agreements; nonmarital domestic relationships; child custody in any forum; and public enforcement of child support."