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Academy Fellows are highly skilled negotiators, mediators, collaborative lawyers 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 or spousal support, child support and other family law issues issues.


Qualifications of Members

Academy Fellows are recognized by the bench and bar as expert practitioners in matrimonial law. 

  • All Michigan Chapter Members Have Studied For And Passed Rigorous State And National Examinations Which Are More Challenging Than The Michigan Bar Examination.

  • All Michigan Chapter Members Are Regarded As Experts In Family Law By Their Peers and Judicial Officers. 

  • All Michigan Chapter Members Are Qualified To Practice Throughout The State of Michigan, And Are Frequently Are Retained As Co-counsel Or Primary Attorneys In All Counties In The State.

  • Many Chapter Members Have Been Retained And Qualified As Expert Witnesses In Specialized Areas of Family Law Practice.

  • Chapter Members Have Offices Or Routinely Practice Throughout All Major Metropolitan Areas in Michigan: Some of These Counties Include Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw, Ingham, Eaton, Kent, Ottawa, and Kalamazoo Counties. Many Chapter members are willing to represent clients in all counties in Michigan, and in conjuction with local counsel, if appropriate.

To be considered for admission to the Academy, attorneys must have been admitted to the bar 10 years and 75% percent specialized in matrimonial law.  All have completed at least 15 hours of continuing legal education in each of previous five years, and all have passed written examination on wide-ranging issues pertaining to matrimonial and family law.  Fellows are interviewed by a state board of examiners as well as be passed upon by other matrimonial law practitioners in the state.  Fellows must demonstrate involvement in study or improvement of matrimonial law, such as publishing articles or continuing education presentations.


In addition to ensuring expertise, all Fellows aspire to the ethical standards set forth in the "Bounds of Advocacy" as well as state bar rules of professional conduct.

Why hire an Academy fellow?

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 1600 AAML Fellows across the United States and the 41 Fellows of the Michigan Chapter of the AAML are preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity. Academy Fellows enjoy a reputation for professionalism, competence and integrity.


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