Since 1974, the Family and Juvenile Law section of the Indiana State Bar Association has been an organized section.
Through support from the Indiana State Bar Association ("ISBA"), the Family Law and Juvenile Section ("FLJS) has established the Family Law Certification Board (“Board”) as an Independent Certifying Organization ("ICO") in Family Law.
The Board complies with Admission and Discipline Rule 30. Read more about the Standards for Certification of Lawyers Specializing in Family Law in Indiana.
Although no lawyer is required to be certified in family law before practicing in this field, earning this important distinction allows an attorney to declare that he or she is a specialist in family law as certified by the Family Law Certification Board.
The designation does not in any way limit the right of a lawyer certified as a specialist in family law to practice in all fields of law. When searching for a family law attorney in Indiana consider whether the attorney has earned this important designation.
As of June 30, 2014, there were 295 Indiana attorney specialist listings in nine practice areas. Of that group, 68 attorneys were certified as a board certified specialist in Family Law.
The term “family law” is defined as the practice of law dealing with all aspects of the Indiana Dissolution act (all of Title 31) and includes without limitation the following:
The purpose of board certification in family law is to:
Requirements for this special designation include requirements that the attorney must:
In order for the Indiana attorney to become a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law the attorney must demonstrate substantial involvement in the practice of family law. Substantial involvement in the field of family law means that for more than 50% of the attorney’s time he or she is engaged in the following types of legal services:
Substantial involvement in the practice of family law can be shown through the completion of at least three (3) of the following five (5) categories:
Alternative Task Requirements can include conducting hearings in circuit or superior court family law as pro tem judge service in contested hearings or trials, teaching a minimum of thirty (30) actual hours of education programs approved by the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education, preparation of a case for contested proceedings under the Indiana Dissolution Act or within the definition of Family Law, or acting as principal counsel and principal author of the pleadings and brief in one (1) appeal and/or writ filed with the Court of Appeals involving proceedings under the Indiana Dissolution Act or otherwise within the definition of Family Law,
The attorney must demonstrate that he or she has participated in a minimum of 36 hours of continuing legal education specifically approved for family law as required by the Supreme Court of Indiana for continued education, within three (3) years prior to the date on which the application is due to be submitted.
The attorney must attain a passing grade on a written examination. The topics tested by the written examination include the areas included in family law, as well as professional responsibility, ethics, and differences between Indiana law and general law.
The Family Law Certification Board recognizes that the practice, experiential and testing requirements of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“Academy”) are greater than the same requirements of the Board. Therefore, the Board has granted certification and re-certification to each member of the Academy in good standing as of June 8, 2002 who applied for certification, and the Board did not require the Academy member to take and pass the written test of the Board.
The members of the Family Law Certification Board through October 31, 2013 are:
Contact Information:Family Law Section, Indiana State Bar Association
If you need to find a Family Law Attorney in Indiana then consider the benefits of beginning your search by looking at attorneys who have been certified as a specialist by the Family Law Certification Board (“Board”) of the Family Law and Juvenile Section ("FLJS).
The FLJS is an Independent Certifying Organization ("ICO") in Family Law as recognized by the Indiana Bar Association. Programs for designating board certified attorneys in Indiana helps the public find a qualified attorney.
Although not all qualified family law attorneys in Indiana are certified specialist, those who have become board certified in family law have submitted to a vigorous process to validate their claims of specializing in family law cases.
This article was last updated on Friday, November 22, 2019.