The North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization established family law as a field of law for which certification of specialists is permitted under 27 NCAC 01D Section .2401. Attorneys in North Carolina who earn this designation are entitled to use the term "Board Certified Specialist in Family Law."
For purposes of North Carolina's board certification program, the term "family law" is defined as the practice of law "relating to marriage, divorce, alimony, child custody and support, equitable distribution, enforcement of support, domestic violence, bastardy, and adoption."
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Substantial involvement in the practice area of family law requires a showing that the attorney has spent a certain amount of time doing substantive legal work done primarily for the purpose of legal advice or representation in family law cases. Part of the requirement for substantial involvement might be shown through one of the following practice equivalents:
The attorney must also show completion of a certain minimum hours of continuing legal education (CLE) in topics related to family law. A portion of those hours can also related to fields of law such as: trial advocacy; immigration law; bankruptcy; evidence; estate planning and probate law; elder law; business organizations; taxation; juvenile law; real property; employee benefits; and negotiation (including training in mediation, arbitration and collaborative law).
The attorney applying for board certification in family law must submit to peer review by other lawyers and judges in North Carolina familiar with the attorney's practice.
The attorney must pass a written examination testing the attorney's knowledge in a variety of family law issues relating to marriage, divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, enforcement of support, child custody and support, domestic violence, bastardy, and adoption including, but not limited to, the following:
The certification period lasts for five years. During that time the attorney must apply for continued certification within certain time limits.
Although no written examination is required, the attorney must show substantial involvement in family law, completion of certain continuing legal education (CLE) credits and submission to peer review.