For many people, a family law case involves issues that touch very close to home. When legal matters related to marriage, divorce, adoption, domestic violence or other issues arise within a family, it is important to have an experienced family lawyer who can provide guidance and support in these challenging times.
Attorneys who specialize in family law work with both parents and children to help them navigate difficult legal situations. These attorneys may work at large firms, small to mid-sized businesses, or as solo practitioners. They also may choose to join professional organizations that focus on family law and share knowledge, expertise and best practices with others in their field.
The practice of family law is highly specialized and covers many areas of the law that are crucial to a person’s life and well-being, such as adoption, paternity disputes, name changes, prenuptial agreements, and custody and visitation rights. This specialized field requires not only strong written and verbal communication skills but the ability to empathize with and support clients in emotional and sensitive situations. This is why it is a good idea for those who are interested in pursuing a career in family law to consider internships or other opportunities with family-focused organizations prior to taking the bar exam.
Whether it’s a divorce, custody dispute or other issue that is related to family law, an attorney who can provide knowledgeable representation and tenacious advocacy is essential to a client’s success. The best family lawyers are able to guide their clients through complex legal processes by providing them with clear, comprehensive and jargon-free explanations of the laws that apply to their case and by helping them develop a plan for moving forward.
In addition to their legal skills and knowledge of the nuances of state family law, the best family lawyers have excellent negotiation skills. This is especially important when working with high-stress cases, such as those involving divorce, child custody, and visitation rights or domestic violence.
Attorney Susan M. Hais understands the stress that comes with a divorce and works to lessen it by offering dedicated, client-first services. She is a trusted advocate who provides tenacious and supportive representation in divorce litigation, property divisions, child custody issues and spousal support cases. She has a reputation as one of the top divorce attorneys in St. Louis and maintains a prestigious AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell as well as a “Superb” rating through Avvo. Her extensive experience has helped her gain the trust and respect of her clients and colleagues alike.