What's the difference between an Attorney and a Lawyer?

Technically, the difference between an attorney and a lawyer is that an attorney has passed the bar in the jurisdiction that they are practicing in, in our case Arizona.  A lawyer may have. All attorneys are lawyers, but not all lawyers are attorneys.  All of our attorneys have passed the Arizona State Bar, and are licensed to practice law in Arizona.

Maybe a more important question is: what’s the difference between an attorney, and a family law attorney?

Here’s the distinction, our family law attorneys practice family law, all day, every day.  That means they know the ins and outs of practicing family law in Arizona. If you go to a big firm, or even a small one, that has a hundred different types of law that they practice, they are not going to be the best fit for you.


Would you let a surgeon who does two weeks of surgery a year working on brains, and the rest of the year work on knees, operate on your brain?


Of course not.  Don’t be fooled by an attorney who operates the same way on family law cases. There are literally thousands of nuances to a family law case, depending on your facts and circumstances.

There’s filing deadlines, discovery, alternate dispute resolution conferences, parenting plans, parent information programs, many different experts, etc. You don’t need to remember all that, but what you do need is an attorney who knows all that.

And then there’s the courtroom.  If you are facing a spouse or other parent of your child, and you can’t reach an agreement, then you will likely end up in court.  If you get to this stage of a divorce or child custody case, then it could cost you a lot of money.  A good, family law attorney, knows that this is a last resort, and not just because of the costs involved.  An attorney that tries a case a year, might think it’s cool that they end up in court, arguing a case like Ally McLawyer on TV.



It’s not cool, it costs a lot of money, and it drags things out.

We’re not saying it’s not necessary in some cases, and unavoidable in others, we’re saying that we take care of our clients, by making the process as painless as possible.  We’re not saying we don’t have trial experience, because we do.  A lot of trial experience. But what we have even more experience doing, is keeping our clients bills to a minimum, and trying to stay out of court. That’s what a professional family law attorney is good at.

A professional family law attorney in Phoenix will keep things as short and painless as possible in a  divorce or other family law matter. If you want a family law attorney that can advocate for you, and be professional, call Enholm Law at (602) 889-6273.