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American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Offers Booklet with Expert Tips and Resources


Chicago, IL, November 2, 2015 — The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) has announced the release of Navigating the Divorce Process When You Have a Child with Special Needs, a publication designed to assist parents in the divorce process better understand the unique set of challenges facing them and their attorneys when the welfare of a child with special needs must be considered.  The booklet describes for clients the basics of the divorce process and how it is impacted in these circumstances. It features helpful information on developing appropriate parenting plans, as well a detailed description of recommended methods that can be used to ensure the financial well-being of the child.  Parents also are provided with expert tips on how to gather the information that will be most helpful to the attorney in developing the case.

“A divorce involving a child with special needs presents a number of issues that must be handled in a very delicate manner, while also balancing careful attention to many unique details,” said James McLaren, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  “This publication should prove to be an essential resource for attorneys to share with any parent whose family is facing the divorce process under these circumstances.  This booklet provides information regarding how parties and their lawyers can work together to achieve the best possible outcome for their family.”  

Navigating the Divorce Process When You Have a Child with Special Needs was the result of an AAML committee project considering the impact on the divorce process when there is a child with special needs and was chaired by AAML Fellow Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich of New Jersey.  In addition to the booklet, the committee created resources for the AAML website which include a bibliography of more than 270 books and articles related to children with special needs to help educate parents, attorneys and judges about specific conditions and legal issues associated with these children and families. There is also a second bibliography of more than 250 online resources.  Extensive information to assist Academy Fellows who represent these families has also been posted on the website.

The booklet is available for sale on the Academy website. It can be selected as either a single copy, or in bulk with special pricing, in order to better enable attorneys to purchase the booklet for distribution to their clients.


About The 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 experts in the specialized 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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