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The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers was founded in Chicago, IL in 1962, by highly regarded domestic relations attorneys “To encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the cause of matrimonial law, to the end that the welfare of the family and society be protected.” There are currently more than 1,650 Fellows in 50 states.

The Academy Fellows are highly skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in all facets of family law. These areas include 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.

To be represented by a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is to be represented by a leading practitioner in the field of family law. The 1650  AAML Fellows across the United States are generally recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity. Academy Fellows enjoy a reputation for professionalism, competence and integrity.


 To provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law. 

AAML Fellows concentrate their practice in

  • Divorce & collaborative divorce
  • Custody & time-sharing
  • Custody - removal actions to another state or country
  • Hague convention & international custody issues
  • Paternity
  • Emancipation
  • Termination of parental rights
  • DYFS case defense
  • Grandparents' rights
  • Appeals
  • Pre-nuptial & post-nuptial agreements
  • Domestic violence
  • Child support
  • Contribution to college expenses
  • Alimony
  • Civil unions
  • Palimony
  • Equitable distribution of assets & liabilities
  • Business valuation
  • Non-family court matters involving the distribution of assets and debts between unmarried parties
  • Drafting marital settlement agreements
  • Post judgment modifications
  • Alternative dispute resolution (arbitration, mediation & collaborative divorce)


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