American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers offers guide with expert tips for parents

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) has announced the release of, AAML Child Centered Residential Guidelines, an invaluable publication which addresses perhaps the most difficult challenge every parent faces during a divorce – deciding how to constructively divide their access time with the children.  Intending to make the divorce process as focused on the needs of the children as possible, the guidelines feature crucial advice from experts, recommended time schedules that spouses can adapt, and practical suggestions for arriving at a cooperative plan for the entire family.  In addition to the parents, the publication will serve as an essential resource for attorneys and judges.

“Placing children first should be the primary goal of every divorce, but sometimes there is a real lack of guidance and knowledge for parents who are trying to navigate this challenging experience and make informed decisions,” said James McLaren, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  “We hope that this publication will help to successfully address many of the questions that divorcing parents have about how to place their children first, while providing key pieces of advice on some issues that they might not have anticipated.”

The AAML Child Centered Residential Guidelines publication was crafted in close consultation with and the editorial assistance of Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, the Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP), and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.  The parenting visitation and access schedules presented allow families to choose the most appropriate framework for their children after carefully considering the maturity, circumstances and unique characteristics of each child.  The overall goal of the Guidelines is to make every minute that a child spends with each parent to be as meaningful as possible, while decreasing the stress and pressures of the custody process and transitions between households.

The digital edition of AAML Child Centered Residential Guidelines is currently available as a free PDF download on the AAML website at the following link:

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.