Marital & Family Law Certification
“Marital 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.
Thinking of Becoming Board Certified?
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. There is a link to the Rules located below on this page.
To download an application, click on the appropriate application. You will be asked if you would like to ‘Open’ or ‘Save’ the file (MSWord). It is advisable to save the file to your computer for future reference. Type in your responses on the application and print a copy. Attach any required documents, enclose the applicable application fee, and mail your application to: The Florida Bar, Legal Specialization and Education Dept., 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300.
Certification CLE Credits Requirement. To view your Board Certification CLE credit hours online: Log in to your My Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Check “Show All” and select Marital and Family Law from the drop down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab. It is recommended that you see how many credits are required for certification and the date the credits must be completed to qualify.
If you were originally certified in 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, or 2013, the Application for Recertification must be postmarked by May 31, 2018. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by May 31, 2018 unless you file a recertification extension request.
Recertification File Extension Request
To request a one-time 3-month extension, the Recertification Extension Application must be postmarked by May 31, 2018.
Get Certified – Seeking Certification
If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification filing period opens July 1, 2018 and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2018. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the March 2019 Marital and Family Law Exam.
You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification only if you meet one of the following conditions. To become eligible to sit for the March 8, 2019 Marital and Family Law Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by August 31, 2018.
1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2017 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2018 Marital and Family Law Exam.
2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2017 which was approved, you took the 2018 Marital and Family Law Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2017 and 2018 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2019 Marital and Family Law Exam, but you may reapply for the 2020 exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2019.)
Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Marital & Family Law Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-6
Marital & Family Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
Marital & Family Law Certification Field Established 1985