I’ve been practising predominantly in the field of family law from 2005. For the first five years , in Florida as well as since 2010, I’m in North Carolina. For a variety different reasons I’ve felt reluctant to sit for an exam for the North Carolina Family Law Specialist Exam despite the fact that I was able to take it probably seven or eight years back.

Before I go into my reasons as to why I’ve stayed away from taking the test until now we’ll be a little more clear about what the exam covers and why it’s so important.

What Does it Mean to be “Board Certified” as a Specialist in North Carolina?

The Bar provides a title of”North Carolina family law specialist “North Carolina family law specialist” to lawyers who satisfy certain requirements, which are different for each the practice region. The criteria typically include:

  • Continuing Education Requirements
  • dedicating 25% or more of the time lawyers work to the area of specialization
  • Peer Review and confirmation that the lawyer is in possession of the required qualifications to be accredited by the board in this area of specialization.
  • Achieving a six-hour test in the field of specialization

When a lawyer is accredited by the board, they have to be recertified every five years. As per State Bar’s website State Bar website, “board certification is an indication that the lawyer has intentionally focused his or her legal practice to improve the proficiency and quality of the lawyer’s legal services and to stay current in the specialty field.”

A board-certified specialist has taken the choice to concentrate their practice in certain kinds of cases and to remain current and skilled in this particular area of law.

What I’ve decided to do is take the North Carolina Family Law Specialist Exam

The thing is, At The Hart Law Firm, 95 percent of our cases are related to family law. This means that most of what we do is helping people experiencing divorce or a legally-separated divorce as well as a divorce. We assist people in make arrangements for the amount of support (including children’s child support Post-separation support and Alimony) and divide marital assets as well as debts (also called equitable distribution) and create efficient parenting schedules for the benefit of the children.

These are the activities that an expert in family law does and, in order to be referred to as a specialist, you need to meet the other requirements mentioned above.

I’ve decided that , since I’m already restricting the scope of my law practice on family law, that I may be able to take the test!

How Long Does it Take to Become a Board Certified Specialist?

There are two major roadblocks for becoming a specialist in family law. One is the continuous education requirement. Second is the test it self.

You are required to be able to complete 45 hours ongoing professional education in the field of law (CLE) in the three years prior to taking the test. This is a significant amount of CLE and if you do not schedule those CLE’s in advance then you’ll not be able to sit for the test. In the case of those CLE’s all but 9 hours of them must be dedicated exclusively in family law. If you choose to take incorrect CLE’s you’ll not be legally eligible.

When you’re eligible to take the test then you need to be prepared and study for the test itself. It’s a six-hour test like the bar exam. It includes a range of subjects covering all aspects that pertain to family law. The test requires you to be familiar with all family law statutes, and also all of latest court of appeals rulings over the past three years.

Naturally, that is quite a lot of material.

It’s not just that, but the test only occurs once per year, usually in November or October.

What to Expect From Us During the Coming Year?

Unfortunately, I did not make the deadline to sit for the test in the autumn. However, I am finalizing my CLE requirements in order I’ll be able to take the test in 2020. I’m planning to learn much about family law. Some of it will be a review, but the majority will be new information as I become familiar with the latest court cases.

My aim is to write about the process and to add a practical perspective to the cases that I’m reading and studying about.

Since at the end of all of it, do not care about the majority of what I will be learning, unless it’s just one percent of the information that has an impact on your situation.