RECOGNITION: Be recognized by the bench and bar in his or her jurisdiction as an expert practitioner in matrimonial law.
YEARS OF PRACTICE: Admitted to the bar 10 years, 75% percent specialized in matrimonial law, but subject to exception in certain geographic areas and other exceptional circumstances.
EDUCATION: Have state family law certification if it exists. Where it doesn't exist, must have completed 15 hours of continuing legal education in each of previous five years.
EXAMINATION: Pass oral or written examination on wide-ranging issues pertaining to matrimonial and family law.
INTERVIEW: Be interviewed by a state board of examiners as well as be passed upon by other matrimonial law practitioners in the state.
ASPIRE: Aspire to the ethical standards set forth in the "Bounds of Advocacy" as well as state bar rules of professional conduct.
CONTRIBUTE: Demonstrate involvement in study or improvement of matrimonial law, such as publishing articles or continuing education presentations.