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During the five years preceding application:

Average of at least 600 hours a year.

Minimum of 400 hours for any one year.

Practice equivalents may be accepted for the following:

  • service as a law professor for one year
  • service as a district court judge for one year.


During the five years preceding application:

At least 60 hours of CLE credits in family law, 12 of which may be in related fields.

No less than 9 hours earned in any of the calendar years.

Related fields shall include taxation, trial advocacy, evidence, negotiation (including training in mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law), juvenile law, real property, estate planning and probate law, business organizations, employee benefits, bankruptcy, elder law, and immigration law.

Only nine hours will be recognized for attendance at an extended negotiation or mediation training course.

Parenting coordinator training will not qualify for family law or related field hours.


Must provide the names of ten lawyers or judges who are familiar with the competence and qualification of the applicant in family law.

All references must be licensed and in good standing to practice law and must have significant legal or judicial experience in family law.

A reference may not be related by blood or marriage to the applicant nor may the reference be a colleague at the applicant’s place of employment at the time of the application.


Additional provisions may apply, so please review the recertification standards set forth in 27 NCAC Subchapter D, Sections .2400.