The Florida Bar

Marital & Family Law Certification

Definition

Marital and Family Law Certification logoMarital and family law is the practice of law dealing with legal problems arising from the family relationship of husband and wife and parent and child, including civil controversies arising from those relationships. In addition to actual pretrial and trial process, ‘marital and family law’ includes evaluating, handling, and resolving such controversies prior to and during the institution of suit and postjudgment proceedings. The practice of marital and family law in the state of Florida is generally unique in that decisional, statutory, and procedural laws are specific to this state.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for marital and family law certification, provided in Rule 6-6.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of marital and family law — 50% or more — during the five years immediately preceding application;
  • Handling of at least 25 contested marital and family law cases in the five years immediately preceding application, with at least seven trials;
  • 75 hours of approved marital and family law certification continuing legal education in the five years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and,
  • A written examination.

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Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule.

Currently Certified?  Recertification Information for 2020

If you were originally certified in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, or 2015 you are due to file your recertification application in 2020. The application for recertification must be postmarked by November 30, 2020. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens July 1, 2020. Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2020. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2021 exam. If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


Resources

Exam Specifications

Sample Exam Questions

Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Marital & Family Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-6

Marital & Family Law Standing Committee Policies

Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Marital & Family Law Committee members

Staff Liaison

Blaire Bisbee
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-5805

Marital & Family Law Certification Field Established 1985