Become a family law specialist.

FLIC is a 12-week course designed to help you pass the Family Law specialization exam offered by the California State Bar. From exam tips and study advice to substantive coverage of property allocation, jurisdiction, spousal support, and post-judgment procedure, you'll learn everything you need to pass the exam on your first attempt.

Why become a certified specialist?


Attract more clients

Very few California lawyers are certified specialists. As potential clients search for a lawyer, let them know you meet the highest standards of excellence and expertise in family law.


Increase referrals

Give other attorneys confidence that when they refer matters to you, their clients are in good hands. Build a reputation for authority and competence in your field.


Gain confidence & expertise

From complex property allocation issues to spousal support to child custody, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to handle the most nuanced family law matters.

Course Coverage & Lecture Topics

Welcome to FLIC

  • What to expect on the exam
  • Study approaches
  • Using the FLIC dashboard
  • Q&A

Professional Responsibility

  • Duties to clients, opposing counsel and court
  • Attorney fees
  • Sanctions
  • Duties of appointed counsel for minors
  • Arbitration/mediation and dual representation
  • Conduct resulting in malpractice/discipline

Property, Continued

  • Fiduciary duties
  • Deferred compensation and employment benefits
  • Business interest/goodwill
  • Stock, stock options, royalties and intellectual property
  • Putative spouse and property rights
  • Premarital and postmarital agreements

Child Support

  • Jurisdiction
  • Income
  • Amount and duration
  • Modification
  • Enforcement
  • Security
  • DCSS and state disbursement unit
  • Tax Issues


  • Validity/Nullity/Putative Marriage
  • Legal separation
  • Restraining orders
  • Service of process
  • Joinder/consolidation
  • Bifurcation
  • Summary dissolution
  • Domestic partnerships, cohabitation agreements

Post-Judgment Procedure and Dispute Resolution

  • Motions for reconsideration/to set aside judgments/new trial
  • Omitted assets and debts
  • Discovery rights and disclosure duties/confidentiality issues (post-judgment)
  • Enforcement proceedings, security, and contempt
  • Bankruptcy
  • Negotiation
  • Arbitration/private judgment
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative practice

Family Law Jurisdiction

  • Personal jurisdiction/subject matter jurisdiction
  • Federal jurisdiction/Hague Convention
  • UCCJEA and 28 USC (FPKPA)
  • Venue


  • Characterization of property/allocations
  • Presumptions affecting property
  • Assets acquired with loan proceeds
  • Debts and obligations
  • Reimbursements and credits
  • Valuation of property
  • Family residence
  • Tax Issues

Issues Involving Children

  • Parentage issues
  • Jurisdiction and venue
  • Factors to determine parenting rights
  • Use of mediation
  • Use of experts
  • Counsel for children
  • Modification proceedings
  • Termination of parental rights

Spousal Support

  • Jurisdiction
  • “Marvin” based support
  • Temporary Support
  • Long-term support
  • Modification
  • Termination
  • Tax Issues (incl. recapture)
  • Enforcement

Procedure, Continued

  • Effect of death of one party on proceedings
  • Date of separation/reconciliation
  • Interspousal torts
  • Use of evidence/privileges
  • Offers of proof/testimony
  • Preservation of record/appeals and writs
  • Ethics/bounds of advocacy
  • Discovery rights and disclosure duties/confidentiality issues

Psychological Aspects of Marital and Non-Marital Discord

  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Personality disorders/mental health issues
  • Consulting with psychological experts

Please Note: CEB created these course materials and recorded these lectures in preparation for the 2019 examination. While the videos and course materials have not been updated, since CEB does not anticipate significant changes to the scope and structure of the test, all study materials referenced as “Suggested OnLaw Reading” are updated regularly. There may ultimately be subject matter on the test that we did not include in our preparation material. 

FLIC’s Key Features

Included Practice Materials

Test prep material include: 2019 State Bar Preparation Packet Practice Essays with Model Answers; FLIC 2019 Practice Essays and Multiple Choice Questions Set I with Model Answers; FLIC 2019 Practice Essays and Multiple Choice Questions Set II with Model Answers; FLIC 2019 Practice Essays and Multiple Choice Questions Set III with Model Answers; FLIC 2019 Mock Exam Essay Questions and Answers; FLIC 2019 Mock Exam Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

Exam-focused lectures

FLIC is structured as 12 video lectures with study outlines geared to the topics covered on the Specialization Exam—offering approximately 18 hours of MCLE and Specialization hours.

Trusts & Estates Library

Our Intensive Course users tell us that they love augmenting their weekly reading assignments with all the other rich material in CEB’s OnLAW Pro practice area libraries. Get additional insight and analysis for the concepts you need more help with. Access lasts for 1 year from purchase.

Unlimited on-demand MCLE

Above and beyond your assigned Learning Path with the curated Intensive Course materials, you’ll get unrestricted access to CEB’s full library of on-demand CLE videos. Watch what you want, when you want. Access lasts for 1 year from purchase.

Need more information about becoming a certified specialist?

Learn more about specialization and the exams from the State Bar