Well, the terminology is a bit off.
By "corporate lawyer," I think you mean what's ordinarily called an "in-house lawyer."
An in-house lawyer is an employee of a corporation that's engaged in some business, and generally renders services only to that corporation. Big companies may have dozens, or even hundreds, of in-house lawyers. In-house lawyers are typically paid a salary, sometimes get a bonus, and (at least in some public companies) participate in stock option and other equity compensation plans.
A lawyer who is a "partner" is someone who's a partner in (i.e. a part owner of) a law firm. Law firms are typically made up of anywhere from a few to a hundreds of lawyers, who basically free-lance for whatever clients hire them. The law firm charges its clients fees, typically but not always on a per-hour basis, and (after paying expenses), the partners split the fees among them on some basis, which varies from firm to firm.
What is a better career depends entirely on the lawyer and what's important to him, and also on the company or firm he works for.
Traditionally, the most "high-powered" and financially successful lawyers are partners in firms. However, the relative prestige (and income) of in-house lawyers has been on the rise for several decades. The general counsel (the top in-house lawyer) for a large, public corporation is highly respected and often quite well-paid.
Lawyers in firms typically work more hours, and spend more time hustling around for business and worrying about non-legal things like office rent and employees. In-house lawyers tend to have more of a nine-to-five lifestyle. These are just general tendencies, though, and there are lots and lots of of exceptions.
Other types of lawyers:
- Associates in firms, i.e. lawyers who work for law firms but aren't partners. In the "biglaw" firms, most (often around 75%) of the lawyers are associates. They're paid a salary by the firm, and work under the supervision of partners for the firm's clients. The typical pattern is that young lawyers work as associates for some number of years, and then are offered a partnership (or, more often, not).
- Solo practitioners, who are independent lawyers who aren't part of a firm, and do work for clients for fees. I suppose you could consider these to be partners in extremely small firms.
- Government lawyers.
Just as an aside, "corporate lawyer" is usually used to refer, in a general sense, to the type of work the lawyer does, not who he works for. It's used fairly loosely, but generally refers to someone who works on business transactions, as opposed to litigation or other specialities.
Your lawyer said to email her? Okay but hun what happens when she doesn't answer or doesn't check the email?
The lawyer sits at his laptop to much and must get responses immediately and thinks the world is typical of email every second. That is not reality!!!
Text messages she doesn't have to answer either, so therefore you won't see your daughter. WOW! i would call the lawyer back and say NO! I want responses within a reasonable time and with emails and texts it is not being done. Tell him or her that you have to call her. RECORD the conversation, don't let her know though!
If need be, have BOTH lawyers talk if she won't respond to you. I had to do that as well. It worked! I did what my lawyer said as far as that and so did he. Less headaches, less heart ache for our child as well. I hope it all works out and that this precious child of yours is safe and happy.