The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) was founded in 1962 to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law, including divorce and child custody decisions.
AAML seeks to advance the education, growth, and standards of matrimonial law. Currently, there are more than 1,600 Fellows of AAML in the United States.
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) is a National Academy of "Fellows." These highly skilled family law attorneys, representing individuals in all facets of family law including divorce, annulment, prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, marital settlement agreements, child custody and visitation, business valuations, property valuations and division, alimony, child support and other family law issues.
The AAML focuses on generating assistance, support, and growth for education, mediation, and arbitration in matrimonial law. The organization provides tools and resources to its members who are committed to preserving and fostering the advancement of divorce and family law.
The organization makes many resources available to its members including important research, news, and other publications as well as an information center and important sociological and psychological research on marriage breakdown, with particular regard to the consequences for the children of separated and divorced. By hosting events and educational opportunities, colleagues can gather to discuss current events and changes happening regarding matrimonial law.
Since the formation of the organization in 1962, the AAML has impacted legislation with continued efforts by the organization and its members to make progress in the field. By actively promoted arbitration, the adoption of the new AAML Model Family Law Arbitration Act has generated renewed interest in an alternative dispute resolution methodology that previously has been primarily within the domain of commercial law.
The Model Act includes not only a framework for state family law arbitration statutes but also suggested rules for arbitration. Under the guidance of AAML Fellows, a number of states have amended their statutes to permit a wider range of family law arbitrations and other states are considering such amendments.
AAML memberships are intended for family law attorneys, mediators, and arbitrators who are at an expert level in their careers. To become a Fellow of the AAML association, expert practitioners in matrimonial law must show they have extensive experience in the field.
The attorneys must also show a stellar reputation within the legal industry, meet certain certification and field requirements as well as participate and progress through an extensive interviewing process consisting of both state board of examiners and other matrimonial law practitioners in the state.
The AAML has many state chapters including the Florida Chapter of the AAML for family law attorneys in the State of Florida.
Membership in the AAML has other benefits. For example, the Family Law Certification Board in the State of Indiana recognizes that the practice, experiential and testing requirements of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“Academy”) are greater than the same requirements of the Board.
Therefore, the Board has granted certification and re-certification to each member of the Academy in good standing as of June 8, 2002, who applied for certification, and the Board did not require the Academy member to take and pass the written test of the Board.
This benefit of membership is important because many of the top family law attorneys in Indiana who are members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers have also taken the extra step to become board certified in Family Law in Indiana.
Attorneys focused on family law should consider the benefits of joining the AAML. In order to be considered for membership of the AAML, applicants must possess the following requirements:
Upcoming Events of the AAML
The 2020 Mid-Year Meeting is scheduled from 3/16/2020 » 3/21/2020 in Montego Bay.
The 2020 AAML Annual Meeting is schedule for November 4th - 7th, 2020, in Chicago, Illinois.
The AAML 2021 Mid-Year Meeting - Cartagena is scheduled for Monday, March 8, 2021.
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This article was last updated on Thursday, November 14, 2019.