Academy is particularly proud of its Journal of the American
Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers which is published annually
in cooperation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City
School of Law. Each issue of the Journal concentrates
on a single subject such as child custody or retirement benefits. Each
topic is explored in depth by the authors.
unusual format results in a publication recognized throughout
the United States as a source for the most complete coverage
of specific topics in family law. The Journal contains
both original articles drafted by Academy Fellows and digests
of articles on the same subjects from other publications.
Academy published The Bounds of Advocacy in 1991.
This publication presents standards of fair play for laymen
and lawyers involved in family law cases. While the standards
are aspirational, they epitomize the conduct of Academy Fellows
in their individual practices. The Bounds of Advocacy is
widely recognized as the first effort by a family law
bar association to establish standards for an entire area of practice.
It has been cited nationally in law school ethic courses and
legal literature. At least two states have adopted The
Bounds as part of their state ethics codes.
later publication, The Divorce Manual,
A Client Handbook, was
written for clients contemplating divorce. The handbook provides
clients with a realistic overview as to what to expect in the
divorce process. The handbook has proven invaluable to attorneys
who distribute it to new clients as part of their service.
To promote alternative dispute resolution in family disputes,
the Academy published Model Family Law Arbitration
Act in 2005.
1995, the Academy published a booklet entitled Representing
Children, Standards for Attorneys and Guardian-ad-Litem in
Custody or Visitation Proceedings.
This publication delineates
the appropriate procedures to be followed by guardians and
attorneys for children in matrimonial actions where the best
interests of their wards are in conflict with those of their
parents. This fine line of attorney conduct has never been
explored as comprehensively as in this Academy publication.
It has served as a guide to guardians and attorneys for children
throughout the nation.
Academy developed a Model Relocation Act. As people become
more mobile, there are many more cases involving the relocation
of custodial parents and proceedings brought by or against
the custodial parent to permit or deny such relocation. The
Model Act includes stringent notification requirements, outlines
the factors, which the court should consider in making its
decision, and sets forth alternative "burden of proof" and
presumption language for states to consider.
Academy has launched a national public awareness campaign to
counter the profound effects of divorce on our nation's children.
awareness effort features Public Service Announcements, a free "how-to" booklet
Back from Anger: Protecting Your Children During Divorce -
and an instructional video. The Academy also published The
Childrens Bill Of Rights in 1998. All are aimed at parents
in the throes of divorce and intended to defend children.
In an effort to preserve the family and to prevent divorces,
Academy has also published Making
Marriages Last – A
Guide to Preventing Divorce, as well as an hour-long DVD and workbook, Focus on Forever, which explores new research and strategies that can help couples create satisfying successful marriages.
Most recently the Academy published a Model
For A Parenting Plan, which provides comprehensive guidance to the Bench
and Bar in formulating appropriate parenting plans that address
custody, visitation, and child support issues. The Academy also published a Parent's Guide for talking to children about separation and divorce, What Should We Tell The Children, an often asked question by parents in divorce.
In an effort to address divorce from a multi-disciplinary perspective, the Academy also published Child Custody Evaluation Standards, to aid professionals in understanding the necessary training, skill, and experience required in conducting custody evaluations. As Fellows are also called upon to represent children in custody and visitation contested hearings, the Academy published Representing Children, to assist judges and attorneys in assuring effective representation of children in cases involving their vital interests.
List Of Certified Fellows
a professional service, the Academy maintains and publishes
a list of its certified Fellows to assure the availability
of qualified matrimonial counsel throughout the United
States. This roster of Fellows, updated each year, details
the experience and qualifications of each Academy member. It
also identifies those Fellows who have been re-certified by
the Academy based on their participation in continuing legal
education over the preceding five years.
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