California attorneys who are certified as specialists have taken and passed a written examination in their specialty field, demonstrated a high level of experience in the specialty field, fulfilled ongoing education requirements and have been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work. Only these attorneys can advertise or identify themselves as “certified” specialists in California because they are the only attorneys who are certified by The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization.
Certified specialists are also required to complete additional educational requirements every three years and “re-certify” their expertise in the field with the State Bar every five years.
In summary, a Certified Family Law Specialist is an attorney who the State Bar considers to be an expert and well versed in the area of family law. Individuals faced with a divorce or family law issue should retain the services of a Certified Family Law Specialist in order to ensure their attorney is well qualified to handle their case.