The Florida Bar certifies lawyers as specialists in Marital and Family Law if they pass all the requirements. Under Rule 6-6.1, a lawyer who is a member in good standing with The Florida Bar and who meets the standards may be issued an appropriate certificate identifying the lawyer as "Board Certified in Marital and Family Law."
Maritime and Family Law is a specialty area for lawyers practicing in family courts in the areas of divorce, child custody, and other family-related legal issues. The purpose of the specialization standards is to identify those lawyers who practice marital and family law and have the special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as the character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism to be properly identified to the public as board certified marital and family lawyers. The standards also contain provisions to allow judicial officers who regularly preside over marital and family law cases to achieve board certification in marital and family law.
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The rules for specialty certification in Florida can be found in Rule 6-6.2 which provides:
(a) Marital and Family Law."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.
(b) Practice of Law.The "practice of law" for this area is defined as set out in rule 6-3.5(c)(1).
(c) Judicial Officers."Judicial officers" shall include judges, general magistrates, special magistrates, child support hearing officers, and private triers of fact appointed by court order.
(d) Trial.A "trial" is defined as a matter submitted to and decided by the trier of fact for ultimate resolution by the court's rendition of a judgment or order on at least 1 issue aside from the dissolution of the parties' marriage.
Further, the applicant must have, incident thereto, presided over as a judicial officer, or conducted as an advocate, at least 1 direct and 1 cross examination of at least 2 different witnesses, with the introduction into evidence of at least 1 exhibit.
The applicant must have been responsible for all, or a majority of, the presentation of evidence and/or representation of the client if the matter was handled as an advocate.
In Rule 6-6.3, the rules for the minimum standards for specialty certification in marital law and family law can include:
(a) Minimum Period of Practice.
(b) Minimum Number of Cases.
(c) Peer Review.
The rules for recertification in family and marital law can be found in Rule 6-6.5. During the 5-year period immediately preceding the date of application, the applicant must demonstrate satisfaction of the following requirements for recertification:
(a) Minimum Period of Practice and/or Judicial Service.
(b) Minimum Number of Cases.
(d) Peer Review.
(e) Substantial Involvement.