It all depends on what are you live in. No one can predict the hiring trends, you know? If this is something you want to do, don't let negative people like Mailaccount influence your decision with their propaganda.
With that said, I've taken family law as a paralegal in the state of Texas. I can give you a little insight as to what a divorce attorney does. You will have to do more than just divorces. Let's get that out there right now. Most divorce attorneys are simply "family law" attorneys because with each cases comes a different set of facts. You can't be a divorce attorney without knowledge of other areas. You will have to deal with child support issues, abuse issues, adoptions issues, and the list really goes on.
You have to be strong. People are going to walk into your office and pour the intimate details of their relationships. You will have to have the ability to put aside your personal beliefs and morals and accept that everyone is entitled to legal representation despite how you may personally feel about their situation. You have to be empathetic and caring. When you think about dealing with family law issues, my family law professor said, "Think about the worst cases of abuse you ever saw on television. Then multiply it by ten. That is what used to walk into my office." Is that always the case? No, but he told us some stories that sent shivers down our spine. I recently attended a paralegal seminar and in our class regarding ethics, the attorney disclosed to us that he recently received a signed document in the mail. It had the bloody fingerprints of the wife who was found dead a few days later. These are the type of scenarios you will have to be prepared to face and help your client through.
As for daily routine, you may have a hearing. You might have a mediation. You will be taking phone calls and drafting petitions and will have a large calendar to keep track of. Deadlines are crucial, especially in divorces. There will be a lot of bargaining with other attorneys and trying to find a compromise to what you may think is the stupidest thing in the world. My family law professor said that he and the opposing counsel was so fed up about their clients bickering about a crock pot, that the two attorneys went out on the lunch break and split the costs to an identical crock pot. True story. He keeps the receipt in his wallet to remind him not to go back to family law LOL.
It takes a special person to do family law because the matters you will handle are people's lives. It isn't like suing someone for damages to a car. You will deal with domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, and plain wackiness. You have to be prepared to accept that you will not be appreciated near as much as you should. You will need to really be able to tell yourself that you are doing a good thing, because the clients won't. They are so wrapped up in their emotional mess, they aren't going to take the time to tell you that you did a good job.
I work as a paralegal and I always tell the "dark side" of the law, because I think people get wrapped up in the money, or the prestige to have that J.D. hanging on the wall. I run into many attorneys that got into law for the wrong reasons. Make sure this is what you want to invest your life in. A great family law attorney needs to be able to rejoice on the small victories to make it through those darker cases. It isn't all bad, but you take the work that pays the bills. There is a lot of adult babysitting that goes along with being a divorce attorney. "Don't post that on Facebook!" "You said what on MySpace?"
One last story about family law before I submit. I was sitting at a volunteer luncheon with a table of family law paralegals. The lady to my right said, "I kid you not. She walked into the office with a box full of sex toys and demanded that my boss get them tested for DNA because she is sure her husband is cheating on her."
So, my advice...know what you're getting into. It is a noble profession and you will be able to help many people, but make sure you have the stomach for everything attached to it.
Yes, you can see a sample at the website (Legal Forms Bank) below. They also offer fill-able power of attorney forms which make it quick and easy to create your own.