Board certified lawyers have met The Florida Bar’s highest standards for special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law. Certified lawyers’ experience and competency have been rigorously evaluated. Board Certification’s stringent requirements for legal expertise and professional conduct give the public objective standards by which to evaluate attorneys.
Marital and family lawyers deal with legal problems and civil suits arising from the family relationships of husbands, wives, parents and children. Marital and family law includes pretrial and trial processes and handling and resolving controversies before, during and after the filling and resolution of lawsuits.
When you hire a board certified marital and family lawyer, you are represented by a lawyer who has:
- practices law for at least five years, with 50 percent or more dedicated to marital and family law;
- actively participated in at least 25 contested marital and family law cases in circuit courts during the five years immediately preceding application, including at least 7 trial;
- been substantially involved in interviewing clients, counselling, preparing pleadings, discovery, taking testimony, presenting evidence, negotiating settlements, drafting and preparing settlement agreements and handling the trial of marital and family law cases, including appeals;
- been evaluated for competency and professionalism by judge and peers;
- completed 75 hours of continuing legal education within the three years immediately preceding application; and,
- passed a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills, and proficiency in the field of marital and family law to justify the representation of special competence in this area of law to the legal profession and to the public.
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education operates under the authority of the Supreme Court of Florida. The certification program and any supporting materials or activities are not funded by the general revenues of The Florida Bar.
Board Certified Lawyers are:
“Evaluated for Professionalism and Tested for Expertise”