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Thursday, October 29, 2015 view all press release content

Nation’s Top Family Attorneys Endorse the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act

Chicago, IL, October 29, 2015 – The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), an organization comprised of the nation’s top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys, announced that it has approved a resolution supporting the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act (UDPCVA).  Having been passed by ten states throughout the country, the UDPCVA effectively addresses the wide disparity of ways in which individual states handle child custody and visitation issues that arise when a military parent is deployed, offering much needed legal consistency and clarity.

“While divorce and child custody are challenging for every parent, the process presents a range of unique difficulties for military families,” said James McLaren, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  “The AAML has proudly stood as one of earliest participants in the drafting of the UDPCVA.  We strongly believe greater uniformity in the ways in which states handle these situations would better enable military parents to resolve their custody and visitation issues more quickly and fairly when a deployment arises.  Overall, it represents the best way to place the needs of the children above all other considerations in the context of military duties and parental responsibilities.”

The UDPCVA was first proposed by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in 2012, in order to better address the many ways in which states approach child custody and visitation issues that arise when service members are deployed.  The ULC is an organization consisting of practicing lawyers, government lawyers, judges, and law professors appointed by their state or jurisdiction to research, draft, and promote enactment of uniform state laws in areas where uniformity is desirable and practical.  A number of members of the AAML subsequently served on the group’s drafting committee.

In addition to his work on that ULC drafting committee, AAML Fellow Mark Sullivan served on the Academy’s legislation committee in order to draft the resolution and get it passed.  Sullivan is a retired Army Reserve JAG colonel and author of The Military Divorce Handbook.

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Resolution supporting the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act (UDPCVA) has been posted on the organization’s website at www.aaml.org




About AAML

            Founded in 1962, the mission of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) is to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.  Comprised of the top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation, members are recognized leaders in the areas of matrimonial law, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, legal separation, annulment, custody, property valuation and division, support, and the rights of unmarried couples.  The 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 and enjoy a reputation for professionalism, competence, and integrity.

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