The International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers By Stephen Kolodny

A professional organization designed to meet the needs of matrimonial attorneys across the globe, the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML) currently represents legal professionals from more than 44 countries. Founded in 1986 in the wake of the successes experienced by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, IAML consists of some of the most accomplished legal professionals in their respective countries. Today, IAML divides its operations among three regional groups: the United States chapter, the European chapter, and the Canadian chapter. In addition to the numerous fellows participating in the 3 primary chapters, more than 80 fellows carry out IAML’s mission in Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, India, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, and the Dominican Republic.


IAML sets out to improve the standards of the family law profession throughout the world by promoting legal reform, providing valuable advice and assistance to members of the public, and establishing international networks to support developments in family law. IAML members enjoy access to a number of benefits, including top-quality legal resources and scholarly publications. In recent years, IAML has emerged as a leading reference for individual seeking prominent matrimony lawyers. Similarly, many government officials use IAML membership listings to locate family law specialists in their countries.


One of the most valuable resources offered by the IAML, the Journal of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers includes timely articles and keeps family law practitioners abreast of the latest advances in the field. The Journal’s articles discuss a wide range of family law topics. For example, financial dispute resolution in England, the California mediation privilege, alternative dispute resolution in the Dominican Republic, and the state of family law in India are some of the subjects recently included. IAML members also benefit from annual meetings of individual chapters and the organization as a whole, which include diverse educational programming and noteworthy guest speakers. During the meetings, members have opportunities to meet fellow family law attorneys and augment their professional networks.


To become members of IAML, candidates must satisfy the membership criteria and submit information for review by the Board of Admissions. The admissions process is a decidedly rigorous one, designed to maintain strong expertise among the group’s members. To learn more about the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, visit the website at


About the Author


A longtime member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Stephen Kolodny currently works as a Founding Partner of Kolodny & Anteau, a family law firm in Beverly Hills, California. Mr. Kolodny possesses a wealth of experience with a variety of family law topics, primarily focusing on custody litigation issues and complex property characterization.