It is late at night. You and your spouse are alone at home. You experience sudden chest pain radiating into your arm and shoulder. Your spouse manages to drive you to the local emergency room. The ER doctor agrees with your heart attack self-diagnosis. He tells you he’s calling in a general practitioner to assess your situation and initiate treatment. You immediately protest: “A general practitioner?” “No, of course not.” The likelihood is that you will be seen by a specialist, generally a cardiologist (even if you live in a modest size urban area).
Now there are two cardiologists available to treat you. Each has equal years in practice. However, one doctor is Board Certified in Cardiology and in Interventional Cardiology. The other doctor has no board certification. Who treats you? Of course the Board Certified doctor treats you. The reason is, because sight unseen, we presume the Board Certified cardiologist has superior skill, knowledge, and experience than the other doctor. At the very least, we know one cardiologist has made an effort to go beyond the minimum practice requirements. That effort suggests a more serious dedication to superior medical practice.
Now, suppose the same scenario except that you’re served with divorce papers. Generally, a divorce is only going to happen to you once in your life. You greatly value your relationship with your children, the business and/or profession that you’ve built, and the assets you’ve acquired during your marriage. Now, what lawyer will you choose? Will you choose a divorce lawyer or a Board Certified lawyer who practices marital and family law (divorce law)? Attorney Charles D. Jamieson has been Board Certified as a Marital and Family Lawyer by The Florida Bar since 2009 and continues to prove that he has the qualifications, experience, and knowledge to represent families through a wide range of family law cases. Having a Board Certified attorney on your side brings with it many benefits.
If you’re involved in a legal case involving a divorce, child custody/timesharing, child support, spousal support, visitation, paternity, or any other family law issue, a board certified attorney can make a significant difference in resolving your case. You can benefit from the experience and knowledge it takes to acquire this status and the legal ability and ongoing education it requires to keep it. By becoming a Board Certified Marital and Family Law attorney, a lawyer can claim to be a legal expert in the area of Marital and Family Law. This means that this attorney has gone through a vigorous process of showing excellent legal ability and continued education. He or she must meet the minimum requirements in his or her area of law before earning a board certification. These requirements include:
- Demonstrate significant involvement in the specific area of family law
- Practice law for at least 5 years
- Earn satisfactory peer review in his or her area of law regarding competence, ethics, character, and professionalism
- Meet Continuing Legal Education requirements
- Pass the required 1-day examination concerning family law issues
An attorney who is Board Certified must continue to meet the requirements of certification because his certification is valid for only 5 years and must be renewed after this time. Roughly only 7 percent (7%) of all attorneys in Florida are Board Certified over the various areas of the law. By having an expert family law attorney, our Palm Beach County law firm has the ability to help clients regardless of what their legal family law needs may be. We take pride in providing the highest quality legal counsel during this emotional, familial, and financial upheaval that many divorces may entail.
If you are going through any family law issue, The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A., in West Palm Beach can assist you.
We are committed to guiding our clients through the complex legal process and assisting them in working through their most difficult family law challenges. To learn more about the requirements for board certification for attorneys in Florida please click here. Out of the approximately 69,000 attorneys in the State of Florida, less than 400 are board certified in family law. Charles D. Jamieson was first board certified in marital and family law in 2009 and recertified in 2014.