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What is the Role of a Family Lawyer?

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A family lawyer can assist in any legal issues between members of the same family. They represent clients in court for cases involving divorce, guardianship, adoption, domestic violence or almost anything else related to family law.

What Does a Family Lawyer Help With?

A family lawyer can advise a range of clients, including vulnerable individuals such as children and the elderly. Their recommendations on their rights and next steps vary greatly from case to case. Every family law firm is different in terms of the services they provide and the cases they decide to take on. 

Here at Epstein & Associates, we focus on:

  • Contracts — including Cohabitation Agreements, Marriage Contracts and Separation Agreements
  • Litigation — from varying Court Orders to fresh Court Applications, Negotiations, and Collaborative Family Law
  • Appeals
  • Child & Spousal Support
  • Custody & Access
  • Property Division Issues

Family lawyers also handle any kind of urgent needs that may come up. Having a lawyer on retainer can save time so a family does not need to worry right before a decision needs to be made, or when paperwork needs to be submitted to an agency, organization or for a court proceeding.


Top 3 Main Roles of a Family Lawyer

  1. Represents Clients 

Attorneys act as both advocates and advisors in our community. As advocates, they usually represent one of the parties in a family law proceeding by presenting evidence and arguing in court to support their client.  They also advocate for their clients in negotiations.

  1. Source of Advice

When involved with any family law case, there are probably a lot of questions that come to mind that an advisor can help resolve. Therefore, a lawyer will advise his/her client on the appropriate decision to make based on legal recommendation. Through this, clients can make more informed decisions on their matters.

  1. Keeping Records of Important Documentation

By law, an attorney cannot disclose any information and all documentation is confidential to a client and acquired by the attorney during the client’s engagement. 

Relationship to Clients

Building rapport with the lawyer leads to a large amount of trust and understanding. It is important to build an atmosphere where if any issues occur, you will be comfortable enough to bring them forward and have a discussion. As such, the lawyer must be able to trust that their client will understand and respect their counsel and plan. 

A very important fact is how stressful a separation can be. Being there for your client and helping them through what is one of the most difficult emotional, financially frustrating processes one can ever go through, is of the utmost importance. 

In need of a family lawyer? Contact us today at our Newmarket, Barrie, Mississauga or Richmond Hill locations for more information and for a free 30-minute consultation.