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Why Consider A Family Law Specialist?

When hiring a Family Law attorney you should always first consider a Certified Family Law Specialist!

Why does the State Bar certify legal specialists?

-To help the public identify attorneys who have demonstrated proficiency in specialized fields of law;
-To encourage the maintenance and improvement of attorney competence in specialized fields of law.
“Family law is complex and changing- a Certified Specialist stays current with the law”

What does it mean when an attorney is a Certified Specialist?

A Certified Specialist is more than just an attorney who specializes in a particular area of law. A California attorney who is certified by the State Bar as a Family Law specialist must have:
-Taken and passed a written examination in Family Law;
-Demonstrated a high level of experience in Family Law;
-Fulfilled ongoing education requirements;
-Been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with her or his work.

What can a Certified Family Law specialist do for you?

-Make certain marital settlement agreements and pre- or post-nuptial agreements are properly prepared;
-Identify tax issues which may affect the distribution of marital property and the payment of child, spousal or family support;
-Help you effectively deal with complex legal issues involving community property laws;
-Negotiate or mediate the difficult and emotional issues relating to legal separation, dissolution of marriage and child custody;
-Protect clients who need restraining orders for domestic violence;
Handle matters relating to modification of child custody, spousal support or child support;
-Offer a collaborative process enabling clients to resolve their issues without court intervention.

How can I find a Certified Specialist?
-For an alphabetical list by county of certified Family Law specialists, contact:

The State Bar of California
Department of Legal Specialization
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1617

Phone: (415)538-2120
Fax: (415)538-2180
E-mail:legalspec@calbar.ca.gov
Website: www.californiaspecialist.org

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