Board Certified in Marital & Family Law - Requirements for Certification

In Florida, there are currently over 91,000 lawyers that are members of the Florida Bar Association.. Some of them are actively practicing and some are not. In Florida, the Florida Board of Legal Specialization (FBLS) offers certain Board Certification programs. Compared to other states, Florida enjoys a very robust certification program.

Currently, in the state of Florida, there are only 216 lawyers Board Certified by the FBLS in Business Law. In Tampa, Florida, there are only 23 people that are Board Certified in this area. The standards are very strict and that is why there are not that many lawyers that hold this specialization.

The Florida Bar has provided its written explanation on what being board certified means. Since Marital and Family Law encompasses such a wide array of various legal principles, the certification process is rigorous. The certification offered by the FBLS is:

Board Certified in Marital & Family Law - 6-6.3 Minimum Standards

Florida BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION STANDARDS FOR ATTORNEY CERTIFICATION

SPECIFIC AREA REQUIREMENTS

Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Board certified Florida Bar members are the only Florida attorneys allowed to identify themselves as “Board Certified,” “Specialist,” “Expert” or to use the letters “B.C.S.” for Board Certified Specialist on business cards or letterhead, in legal directories or advertising.

A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the  standards prescribed by the state's Supreme Court may become board certified in one  or more of the 24 certification fields. Seven percent of eligible Florida Bar members about 4,400 lawyers – are board certified. Minimum requirements for certification are listed below; each area of certification may contain higher or additional standards.  

  • A minimum of five years in law practice
  • A satisfactory showing of substantial involvement in the field of law for which certification is sought
  • A passing grade on the examination required of all applicants
  • Satisfactory peer review assessment of competence in the specialty field as well as character, ethics and professionalism in the practice of law
  • Satisfaction of the certification area’s continuing legal education requirements 

Board Certification by The Florida Bar demonstrates that lawyer’s high level of skill,  excellence and a commitment to professionalism. Every new certification enhances our  profession, and gives the public a meaningful way to evaluate lawyers.

Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. To be re-certified, lawyers must meet requirements similar to those for initial certification.

It is not necessary that your Tampa divorce Lawyer hold a board certification to do an excellent job for you, but if you are unsure if the attorney is certified, simply ask their office.