In order to earn the designation of a "Specialist" in the field of Family Law, applicants are required to:
pass a written examination on nuanced issues in family law custody, support, property division, tax issues, and other nuanced areas of family law in California;
practice law continuously for at least five years, spending at least 25 percent of the time given to occupational endeavors practicing in family law;
completion of continuing education in California greater than that required of general licensees of the State Bar;
demonstration of a broad-based and comprehensive experience in family law based on completion of a variety of matters in the specialty area;
favorable evaluations by other attorneys and judges familiar with the attorney's work in family law.