A divorce lawyer is a legal expert who deals with matters pertaining to divorce such as divorce itself, dissolution and annulment. Most of the divorce attorneys are family law practitioners, concentrating in a wide range of issues related to family and marriage. If you are in the process of separation, it is advisable to hire the services of an attorney who has knowledge with the entire process, to ensure that all your legal rights are protected and help come up with an amicable settlement.
One of the major responsibilities played by a divorce lawyer is to draw up the divorce papers when requested to do so by one of the parties involved in the divorce process. In some cases, couple may agree to divorce, thus approach an attorney together to request for legal assistance, but when there are some contentious issues, only one party may approach the lawyer. The petition for dissolution can then be given to the other party after being written and signed up by the person asking for the divorce.
Another key responsibility involves moderation of a settlement if couples agree to have their marriage dissolved. Some of the issues involved in the settlement include discussion on child custody, how the assets are to be divided and any other issue that may arise. A lawyer may also be involved in enforcing a prenuptial agreement or engaged in other matters involved in the divorce process.
If the divorce is contentious, then an attorney may represent the client in a courtroom and in the family courts that are responsible for handling issues related to family such as child custody or adoption. The lawyer may also be involved in setting up an agreement at the beginning of a marriage to ensure that in case the marriage does not end up well, the ground for divorce will be already in place.