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What does the average day/week look like for a divorce attorney? What do they do, how busy are they each day, etc.

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Thank you comment icon I think you should look into trying to do a job shadow. This would be a great way to learn about what the job actually looks like. When job shadowing, it can often be stressful, I remember being nervous about it, but you should try to go in with an open mind. You're just there to learn, and no one expects anything from you. You will also be able to talk to one or more people who took the path you're interested in. They might have really specific, good advice on how to get a job in the field. Try to come prepared with some questions you have! John Rooney

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josh’s Answer

I worked at a divorce law office for a few months as a clerk and depending on the size and tech, there are a lot of manual processes that take up time. I know the attorneys juggle, court, client meetings, paperwork, investigations, and many other tasks. A very busy job.
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Mitchell’s Answer

A day for any attorney is busy, and a good schedule and (if you can afford one) a good secretary to create and manage that schedule is vital.
An average day includes taking calls from clients, other attorneys and sometimes courts. I frequently includes client meeting, most often with new divorce or custody clients. It pays to be a good listener, good note-taker and to have a healthy share of empathy. As you gain experience, you may be able to judge whether your client's side of the case is credible.
On temptation is to always assume your client is the "good guy." It may not be the case, and often both sides have their share of baggage and bad behavior.
Being a divorce attorney involves occasional heart wrenching situations, such as cases involving child abuse. It's sometimes hard to leave those matters at work and not let them infect your personal life. But the more you can, the happier you'll be.
If you are a divorce lawyer there's a fairly good chance you'll be a solo practitioner or in a small law firm. This means you have control over the cases you take and the hours you work (though you may have to work very long hours to show a good profit). I suggest you read Jay Foonberg's book "How to Start and Build a Law Practice."
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