Mendota, Minnesota Family Lawyers

Sonja M. Nyberg
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Bloomington, MN Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(952) 955-8009 2626 East 82nd Street
Suite 355
Bloomington, MN 55425
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Hamline University School of Law
After graduating law school in 2010, Sonja secured a judicial clerkship in Hennepin County Family Court. She worked on high asset divorce cases with complex financial matters as well as high conflict custody disputes. Sonja learned firsthand how judicial officers decide cases and what makes a family law attorney effective inside and outside of the courtroom. After clerking, Sonja worked for a large, national law firm where she gained a tremendous amount of experience. Sonja is empathetic, detailed, and aggressive when necessary.
Joseph M. Flanders
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Eagan, MN Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(612) 424-0398 2600 Eagan Woods Drive
Suite 270
Eagan, MN 55121
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of North Dakota School of Law
A Dakota County, Minnesota lawyer focusing on probate, estate planning, Wills, Trusts, family law, business law, and litigation.
Julie Oney
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Eagan, MN Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(612) 432-1707 3345 Lexington Ave S #203B
Eagan, MN 55121
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
William Mitchell College of Law
Julie is a founding member of Oney + Kim, PLLC, where she empowers each client to take an active role in making legal decisions that will affect his or her future. Her approach is to be strong, knowledgeable, and readily available to advocate for each client.

Julie has experience both in and out of the courtroom where she effectively advocates for clients dealing with divorce, custody/parenting time, third party custody, adoption, support/maintenance, and domestic violence.

One client described working with Julie as follows: "Ms. Oney handled my divorce. I would describe Julie as friendly, knowledgeable of legal matters, and an excellent...
Kelly Lawton Rogosheske
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Saint Paul, MN Family Law Lawyer
(651) 225-9165 1100 West 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
Hamline University School of Law
Lyndsay Howard
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Eagan, MN Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(952) 224-9410 3348 Sherman Court
Suite 201
Eagan, MN 55121
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Elder
Specializing exclusively in areas related to Family Law. Call to schedule a free 30 minute consultation (952)224-9410
Jennifer M Macaulay
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
St. Paul, MN Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(651) 231-1237 649 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
William Mitchell College of Law
Mary P. Mooney
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Minneapolis, MN Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(612) 721-6749 3148 38th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Juvenile
Hamline University School of Law
Many times in life each of us come to a crossroads or encounter an issue in which we need to get legal advice on how best to proceed forward. At such times it is important to obtain guidance from someone who can act like a beacon in a possible sea of doubt or confusion. Mooney Law Office is committed to providing you with top notch legal representation. Mooney Law Office has represented hundreds of clients over the years in the ten county metropolitan area as well as out-state Minnesota. Every client is approached with a focus on integrity, advocacy and understanding....
Ignatius Udeani
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Bloomington, MN Family Law Attorney
(952) 373-8416 7850 Metro Pkwy
Ste 205
Bloomington, MN 55425
Family, Criminal and Immigration
William Mitchell College of Law
Udeani Law Office is a legal firm devoted to helping Minneapolis residents with their various matters relating to criminal defense, family law, and immigration law. The team recognizes that these can be some of the most complex legal fields to work through, which is why every client is treated with respect and honesty. No two cases are alike, and when you retain the firms representation, you can be confident that you will be working with an attorney who is genuinely passionate about helping you obtain your goals. You'll never be left in the dark about the status of your case,...
Mary Wilmes
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
St Paul, MN Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(651) 698-0470 1337 St Clair Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
William Mitchell College of Law
I have been a family lawyer since 1985 and a family mediator since 1993. I joined the Collaborative Law Institute in 2003. With over twenty-five years of experience as a family law attorney and life experiences that include being a mother of two and grandmother of six, I am convinced that people who look back on their divorce are most satisfied when they were able to resolve issues peacefully with dignity and, if there are children, work positively with their former partner as co-parents. Collaborative law is a great process that can work for most people who want...
Jeffrey Priest
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Eagan, MN Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(651) 294-2023 3348 Sherman Court
Suite 2
Eagan, MN 55121
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Michigan State University
Alejandro Espinosa
Claimed Lawyer Profile
West Saint Paul, MN Family Law Attorney
(651) 352-2964 1349 S Robert St., Suite 202
West Saint Paul, MN 55118
Family, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Cindy Perusse
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Bloomington, MN Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(952) 921-5878 Suite 1500
Bloomington, MN 55431
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
I have practiced family law my entire 24-year career as a litigator and a mediator. I am licensed in Minnesota, California and Colorado. After spending time in courts in 3 states, nothing surprises me anymore. I enjoy being an advocate for my clients and guiding them successfully through the legal process be it a divorce, child custody, spousal maintenance or property matters.

I received my Bachelors degree from UCLA, and my law degree from Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell-Hamline School of Law). I attended advanced training in litigation skills through the ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute held at...
Courtney J. Schneider
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Edina, MN Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(763) 259-3655 5201 Eden Avenue
Suite 300
Edina, MN 55436
Family and Divorce
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota School of Law
As a family law attorney, my primary focus is to support clients through the legal process so they may transition into the next chapter of their lives. Prior to representing clients, I worked as judicial law clerk in Hennepin County Family Court. Working side-by-side with judges, I gained an immense understanding of family court procedure, and how judges decide cases. I translate that experience to my practice every day, assisting clients in making the best decisions for their families. I have experience representing clients in all aspects of family law cases, including divorce proceeding, child custody and support matters,...
Ryan S McLaughlin
Claimed Lawyer Profile
South Saint Paul, MN Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(320) 318-0430 153 4th Ave South
Unit 1
South Saint Paul, MN 55075
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Wyoming College of Law and Carleton College
Hello! My name is Ryan McLaughlin and I'm the founding attorney at McLaughlin Law. I focus primarily on Family Law and Estate Planning. In addition to a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law, I have extensive training as a therapist, which has proven invaluable in my work as a divorce mediator.

McLaughlin Law a next-generation law office: flat-fee, mobile, and client-centric. Flat fee means that, from wills to custom contracts to divorce representation, you can see all of my prices in advance. No surprises or hourly-rates that keep accumulating without results. Mobile means that in lieu of...
Alex De Marco
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
St. Paul, MN Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(651) 503-8394 6 West 5th Street
Suite 700G
St. Paul, MN 55102
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota School of Law
Alex De Marco is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has represented clients charged with everything from traffic offenses to murder. Adult felony cases are his specialty, particularly assault and drug cases, and he handles them for affordable fees. He has experience in Child Protection and termination of parental rights cases. He has also handled hundreds of juvenile delinquency cases. He remains active in local politics and public advocacy. A devoted athlete, he has competed nationally in Strongman. Alex is a big personality who balances professionalism with a down to earth edginess that endures him to his...
Eric C Nelson
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Minneapolis, MN Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(800) 323-9436 250 Marquette Ave, Suite 540
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Minnesota Law School
Eric graduated magna cum laude from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN in 1990. In 1994 he received a Doctorate of Law (JD) degree from the University of Minnesota. Following that, he spent the next two years as a judicial clerk for the distinguished Honorable Lois J. Lang, Judge of District Court, with a workload that primarily involved the drafting of divorce decrees, orders, and legal memoranda on a host of issues pertaining to divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, spousal maintenance, distribution of marital and non-marital property, valuation of property, domestic abuse and harassment, and the like....
Kristen Bullock
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ASocial Media
Saint Paul, MN Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(651) 270-6484 332 Minnesota Street, Suite W1272
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Criminal and Divorce
William Mitchell College of Law
Andrew Merrill Ayers
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Edina, MN Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(612) 294-6982 6800 France Avenue South
Suite 190
Edina, MN 55435
Family, Business, Collections and Estate Planning
New York Law School
Before starting my own law firm, I worked for law firms in New York City. I represented people and businesses in lawsuits in court. Other clients needed help with transactions for themselves or their businesses. Some of my favorite clients were young families and small business owners and working with them inspired me to start my own law firm in 2011.

WHAT I LEARNED

Starting my own business helped me understand the challenges and opportunities that confront business owners at all stages of their entrepreneurial journeys. I was immediately amazed at the creative and innovative ways that these businesses worked with their customers. We...
Mr Ayodele Mayowa Ojo
Claimed Lawyer Profile
St Paul, MN Family Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(651) 204-6470 2147 University Avenue West
Suite 201
St Paul, MN 55114
Family, Criminal, DWI and Immigration
William Mitchell College of Law and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Mr Ayodele M. Ojo first obtained his Law Degree in Nigeria, practicing in Nigeria under the legal system similar to the British legal system. . He then attended William Mitchell Law School in Minnesota and was licensed in the State in 2004 . He specializes in assisting low income Defendants and the less privileged who may not ordinarily have access to legal representation . He is compassionate and zealous in his representation . His diverse experiences,cultural , linguistic orientation is an advantage when he works with immigrants who may need a trustworthy representative that explains their...
Kristin Huston
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Edina, MN Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(763) 259-3656 5201 Eden Avenue
Suite 300
Edina, MN 55436
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Hamline University School of Law
I have 17 years of experience, and have been practicing in the area of family law since 2004. I have represented hundreds of clients (mothers, fathers, wives and husbands) in complex and simple divorce actions, custody/parenting time actions, child support proceedings, grandparent visitation actions, and a myriad of other family law actions. I am a zealous advocate for my clients, but I also provide my clients with knowledgeable legal advice about their options so that my client can make an informed decision about how he or she wants to proceed. I do my best to resolve my cases outside of...
Jennifer Evans
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Eagan, MN Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(651) 882-7886 4660 Slater Road
Suite 250
Eagan, MN 55122
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Estate Planning and Probate
William Mitchell College of Law
Corwin Kruse
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ASocial MediaResponsive Law
MINNEAPOLIS, MN Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(612) 231-9865 120 S. Sixth St.
Suite 1240
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55402
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Corwin R. Kruse, Esq.

EDUCATION

J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, magna cum laude
Editor: William Mitchell Law Review

M.A., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Major: Sociology

B.S., University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Honors: Dean's List
Major: Sociology

B.B.A., University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.

Honors: Dean's List

Major: Business Administration


BAR ADMISSIONS

Minnesota, 2004

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2005

PRIOR EMPLOYMENT

Katz & Manka, Ltd., Family Law Attorney, 2010-2019

William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2005-2016

Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Associate, 2005-2009

Minnesota Court of Appeals, Judicial Law Clerk to...
Kevin Leiran
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Saint Paul, MN Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(651) 379-3007 155 South Wabasha Street
Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55107
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Business and Estate Planning
William Mitchell College of Law
Kevin Leiran is a skilled, aggressive attorney practicing in the areas of Bankruptcy, civil litigation, probate and estate planning. Call Kevin today for quote.
Bruce N. Crawford
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Minneapolis, MN Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(612) 216-3510 222 South 9th Street
Suite 1600
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Landlord Tenant
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Crawford Law Office is committed to providing skilled and effective legal representation in divorce and other family law and civil litigation matters throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. At Crawford Law Office we employ exceptional legal expertise with common sense in our work. We offer our clients the advice and counsel they need in order to make informed decisions about their legal matters while making every effort to cost-effectively resolve their case. We understand that each client we represent faces a unique situation and with that in mind we...
Julie Wilcox
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Edina, MN Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(651) 895-2945 4940 W 77th
Edina, MN 55435
Free ConsultationFamily and Estate Planning
Julie Wilcox founded Blue Owl Law because she wants to do good work for good people. She wants to listen. To give answers, and ideas. To guide strong people through tough situations. And because she has powerful personal experience within estate planning and family law and wants to use those experiences to help and connect with others.
Todd Bagby
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Minneapolis, MN Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(612) 424-1624 1624 Harmon Place
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Free ConsultationFamily, Business and Estate Planning
University of Iowa
Todd handles matters in Wills, Trusts, and Estates; Family Law; and Civil Litigation. He also provides pro bono representation to youth in foster care in association with the Children's Law Center of Minnesota. Before moving to Minnesota, Todd practiced law in Denver, Colorado in the areas of Municipal Law and Litigation. He also gained experience in Civil Rights Law while interning with the United States Department of Justice and the University of Iowa Clinical Law Programs. Todd is a graduate of Tulane University and the University of Iowa College of Law. He was born and raised in Independence, Iowa.
Robert Douglas Kane Jr
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&A
Eagan, MN Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(612) 701-7767 1795 Carnelian Lane
Eagan, MN 55122
Family, Business, Criminal and Employment
Hamline Univ School of Law
Rob Kane's practice consists primarily of counseling and representing individual and business clients on matters involving general business law, government relations, employment law, and contracts. He has over seven years of experience practicing law. He works with established businesses as well as entrepreneurs and growing businesses to assist with their legal requirements. He prides himself on understanding your business needs and responding promptly, efficiently and effectively. Rob can assist you right from the beginning, when you are deciding on a business form (corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or another business entity), as well as during business growth. He can negotiate...
Geri Napuck
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
St. Louis Park , MN Family Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(612) 746-4162 5775 Wayzata Blvd
Suite 700
St. Louis Park , MN 55416
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Hamline University School of Law
Minneapolis family law attorney Geri Napuck delievers personalized representation to the Twin Cities. She practices exclusively in the area of family law and has extensive experience representing clients in divorces, child custody issues, parenting issues, property division, spousal maintenance, post-divorce matters, paternity and most recently has added pet mediations to her list of mediation services.
Matthew J Gilbert
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Burnsville, MN Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(612) 564-3622 2801 Cliff Rd. E., Suite 200
Burnsville, MN 55337
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Employment
In 2012 and 2015, Minnesota Super Lawyers recognized Matt as a “Rising Star,” which is an honor that less than three percent of Minnesota’s young attorneys earn. In 2014, the National Trial Lawyers recognized Matt as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer for his exemplary leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as civil trial lawyer.
Lisa Amundson
Claimed Lawyer Profile
(651) 209-0209 Apple Valley, Eagan Burnsville, 55122
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Hamline University School of Law
Taylor Jordan
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
St. Paul, MN Family Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
(657) 772-3446 905 Parkway Drive
St. Paul, MN 55117
Family and Divorce
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Taylor practices in the area of family law, and she is also a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral. Prior to becoming an attorney, Taylor spent two years as a law clerk and investigator at McCullough & Associates, P.A., before graduating from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Taylor grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and later attended school at Colorado State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Political Science. Always a Midwesterner, Taylor moved closer to home after graduation and attended law school at Mitchell Hamline School...
Kristy Rodd
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Minneapolis, MN Family Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(612) 767-7300 333 South Seventh Street
Suite 2300
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Family and Divorce
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Marcus P. Beyer
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Edina, MN Family Law Lawyer
(952) 303-6007 6800 France Avenue South
Suite 125
Edina, MN 55435
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Marc Beyer practices in all areas of family law. He assists clients in resolving matters related to child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance, and property division. Marc’s philosophy is to negotiate the best settlement possible, but he is prepared to go to trial when necessary. Recognizing that every situation is unique, Marc takes pride in listening to his client’s concerns, and creates goals, expectations, and case strategy for the client accordingly. Marc has been recognized as a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics, as one of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of...
Matt Gilbert
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Minneapolis, MN Family Law Attorney
(612) 564-3622 3300 Girard Ave. S. #25
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Free ConsultationFamily and Business
William Mitchell College of Law
Jennifer L. Thompson
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial MediaResponsive Law
Bloomington, MN Family Law Attorney with 3 years experience
(763) 310-7477 8500 Normandale Lake Blvd.
Suite 350
Bloomington, MN 55437
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
William Mitchell College of Law
Jennifer has represented private individuals as well as county agencies in family matters, child protection, and civil commitment litigation since 2014. As a certified student attorney at William Mitchell College of Law, she represented parents whose children had been removed from the home under circumstances such as chemical dependency and medical neglect. At the same time, she volunteered as a guardian ad litem (Court Appointed Special Advocate) in child protection cases in Hennepin County.

Beginning in 2015, Jennifer clerked in a private practice family law firm and, after graduating early from law school and passing the Bar exam in...
Judith Samson
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Minneapolis, MN Family Law Lawyer
(612) 333-8001 310 Fourth Avenue South
Suite 1050
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Family, Criminal, DWI and Personal Injury
At the law office of Judith A. Samson, I strive to provide a compassionate and welcoming atmosphere for clients while aggressively pursuing their defense, acquittal, and freedom. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, I recognize the need to provide clients with thorough understanding of their options and realistic outcomes while also vigorously defending against the charges. I have been serving clients as a Minnesota defense attorney for more than 15 years and provide comprehensive defense services ranging from drug charges and DUI to assault, theft, and juvenile crimes. Being investigated or charged with a crime can be a frightening and life-changing...
Obi E Chukwu
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Minneapolis, MN Family Law Lawyer
(612) 465-0060 105 Fifth Avenue South
Suite 550
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Family, Divorce and Immigration
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota School of Law
I believe that family is at the core of our communities. In that respect my practice of family law and contracts emphasizes respect for the family, protection for children and fair & balanced treatment of individuals. Without sacrificing zealous client advocacy I strive to find solutions that benefit clients from the start with limited expense. We are a community of immigrants and are stronger because of it. I believe our immigration laws should work for us not against us and my office endeavors to find ways to make immigration laws most effective for our clients. I have extensive...
Amanda Swanberg
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Bloomington, MN Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(952) 746-4111 7900 Xerxes Ave S, Suite 220
Bloomington, MN 55431
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
William Mitchell College of Law
I help my clients create creative and detailed divorce and co-parenting solutions that will help prevent future conflict and reduce the need to come back to court in the future.
Paul F. Shoemaker
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Minneapolis, MN Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(952) 224-4605 5270 West 84th Street
Suite 410
Minneapolis, MN 55425
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Divorce and Probate
University of North Dakota School of Law
Paul F. Shoemaker has been litigating civil disputes and practicing contested Minnesota divorce and family law matters since his admission to practice law in 1986. In his Minnesota divorce and family law practice, Mr. Shoemaker has counseled and represented hundreds of individuals in disputed and undisputed divorce and paternity actions and in post-divorce issues and hearings involving modification and enforcement of child support, custody, parenting time, spousal maintenance, and other family law issues. He is experienced in Minnesota divorce law in district court trials and appeals. His Minnesota divorce trial experience has involved temporary restraining orders, disputed custody battles, grandparent...
Timothy A. O'Brien
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Minneapolis, MN Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(612) 767-1856 2915 Wayzata Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Business and Estate Planning
William Mitchell College of Law and St. John's University School of Law
O'Brien Law Firm is dedicated to serving you, offering an extensive range of services for both personal and business legal needs. Contact me today to set up a free consultation. I appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.
Lawyer Rating
Years of Experience
Language
Fees
Profile Strength

Mendota Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Chrysalis, A Center for Women
(612) 871-0118
Minneapolis, MN


Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Program
(651) 228-9823
St. Paul, MN

Show More

Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.