The family law board certification specialty area was launched in 1975 by the Texas Board of Specialty Certification (TBLS). At last count, 838 attorneys in Texas are board certified in family law.
For purposes of the board certification program in Texas, the term "family law" is defined to involve a wide range of family issues including marriage, divorce proceedings, legal custody and adoption, distribution of assets and ownership of property acquired before and during the marriage. A board certified attorney in family law is expected to understand all aspects of marriage dissolution, including conservatorship, child support, marital property, COBRA and ERISA.
Lawyers who are board certified as a specialist in family law have demonstrated their specialized knowledge of matters involving:
To become board certified as a family law attorney by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS), the following standards apply:
To become board certified, the attorney must pass an examination. Topics covered by the exam to become board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) include:
Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists (TAFLS) - Founded in 1984, the TAFLS was created by a group of Board Certified family law attorneys who wanted to work together to improve their skills and increase networking opportunities. The organization was previously known as the "Texas Association of Family Law Specialist Attorneys." Members of joining TAFLS include access to its periodic newsletters that discuss recent developments in case law and other issues important to family law attorneys in Texas. Many of the top board certified family law attorneys in Texas are also leaders within the TAFLS.
Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas - Visit the website of Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The mission of the Family Law Section is “to promote the highest degree of professionalism, education, fellowship, and excellence in the practice of family law.” The Family Law Section in Texas educates the public through the publication, helps attorneys across the State in their practice, proposes legislation to improve the practice, works with Texas Bar CLE to generate quality CLE seminars. sponsors socials at our CLE events, promotes pro bono representation across Texas through pro bono seminars.
This article was last updated on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist (TAFLS) - Founded in 1984, the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists was created by a group of Board Certified family law attorneys. The organization was previously known as the "Texas Association of Family Law Specialist Attorneys." Today, the organization provides networking opportunities for board certified family law specialists in Texas. Membership in TAFLS is limited exclusively to board certified family law attorneys and paralegals. Many of the top family law attorneys in Texas have joined TAFLS.
Although not all qualified family law attorneys are board certified, attorneys who have earned their status as a certified specialist have taken the extra step of submitting to evaluation.
To help the public find a board certified attorney in family law in Texas, Lawyer Legion maintains this directory.
Lawyer Legion is the only commercial lawyer directory to properly acknowledge all ABA-accredited specialization programs and provide a dynamic directory of virtually every lawyer who has earned each certification.
Use this directory to connect with lawyers who are board certified specialists in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS).
Start by choosing your county from the list below.