Divorce in California: The Need for Divorce Lawyers in California
According to the US Census Bureau’s QuickFacts, the population of California in 2005 was 36,132,147. Considering California’s population size and recent divorce statistics suggesting that about 50% or more of all marriages in California will end in divorce, it is not surprising to see the need for California divorce attorneys.
California has tens of thousands of California attorneys or California attorneys registered with the State Bar of California, which is an indicator of how many California attorneys are needed. Of the tens of thousands of California attorneys practicing law in California, some will enter the practice as a divorce attorney, devoting all or part of their practice to family law matters such as divorce or dissolution of marriage, paternity, domestic partnerships, child custody and visitation, domestic violence, restraining orders, spousal support, child support, guardianship, adoptions, community property, property division, and more.
California divorce attorneys typically practice family law in at least one California county. Typically, the county will be the county where the California divorce attorney’s office is located. However, it is not uncommon for a California divorce attorney to practice law in multiple California counties. There are approximately 58 superior courts in California where a California divorce attorney can choose to practice family law, such as the Superior Court of California, Alameda County, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento , San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo or Yuba.
Some California divorce attorneys practicing law in California will seek special certification in family law from the State Bar of California or an organization accredited by the State Bar of California. California currently has hundreds of Certified Family Law Specialists (CFLS) registered with the State Bar of California. The percentage of all California attorneys in California who actually want to become a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) is relatively low. Although California divorce attorneys are not required to hold such certification in order to practice family law, it allows California divorce attorneys to market themselves as family law specialists.
Considering California’s population size, California’s high divorce rate, and the number of California divorce attorneys practicing family law in California, it is not surprising to see a growing need for California divorce attorneys among consumers today.
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