150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

AAML Foundation



Mission Statement

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation is the charitable organization which advances one of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ most important goals: to protect children and families. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide financial assistance to organizations, by way of grants, in order to help families and children affected by the breakup of the family unit. This mission is accomplished by addressing issues pertaining to children in custody cases, dependency cases and similar situations; supporting programs in schools, courts, and organizations to help children cope with the stresses of divorce; teaching mothers, fathers and parental caregivers how to coparent effectively; providing counseling to children of families experiencing domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness; and promoting marriage enrichment programs to help prevent divorce.

Brief Overview

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation was created in 1990 by fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is composed of the nation’s top attorneys who are experts in the field of matrimonial law, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, legal separation, annulment, custody, property valuation, support and the rights of unmarried cohabitors.

The purpose of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is to encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards and advance the cause of matrimonial law, to the end that the welfare of the family and society be protected.

Affiliation with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

The Foundation is composed of fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and others committed to improving the practice of matrimonial and family law and promoting and protecting the family.

The Foundation is affiliated with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in that it was founded by Academy fellows and works as a charitable organization to advance the Academy’s overall goals of protecting families and improving the practice of matrimonial law.

The Foundation operates under its own leadership, however. It has an independent board of directors of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer fellows and elects its own officers.

It has been designated a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Project Funding

The Foundation has awarded grants for the past decade. Examples of projects recently funded by the Foundation include:

  • Shelters and other legal assistance for victims of domestic violence
  • Recommendations regarding important issues in matrimonial law, such as representation of children and custody issues
  • Education of judges, attorneys and related professionals about family law issues through symposia and other means
  • Promotion of free and low-cost family law representation and mental health services for indigent clients, with special emphasis on abused spouses and children
  • Scholarships for law students in family law and training of young family law attorneys
  • Programs in schools and courts to help children deal with the effects of divorce
  • Marriage enrichment programs to help prevent divorce

How to Apply for Grants

The applicant must be providing programs or activities related to family enrichment or family law to be eligible to receive funds from the Foundation.

An applicant must also meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be an organization that has a current letter from the IRS that says the organization qualifies as an exempt organization under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or
  • Be able to demonstrate that the proposed project for which the funds will be used qualifies as an activity in which a Section 501 (c)(3) organization is permitted to engage, or
  • Be individuals who provide research and/or education involving issues pertinent to family law

Application Process

Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than July 15 of the year in which the application is submitted. An original application, signed by the properly authorized officials, must be returned along with 19 copies to the Foundation.

The application must: (1) respond to all questions set forth in the “Project Narrative” and (2) contain all data required by the application, or it may be deemed incomplete and ineligible for consideration. The applicant is encouraged to provide as much detail as appropriate to assist the board of directors of the Foundation in making grant decisions.

To receive a grant application print one here, or contact:


The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation
150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1420
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Tel: 312. 263.6477
Fax: 312.263.7682

The Foundation will give priority to projects which are either initiated and completed within the grant year or which receive funding from other sources after the Foundation provides the initial start-up funds.

Grants awarded will not exceed $5,000 annually, although this may vary based on contributions to the Foundation in a given year. Grant monies are ordinarily distributed to applicants in October of each year.

How You Can Help

Each year there are more than 1 million divorces, or roughly one divorce for every two marriages. We need your help to make sure our domestic courts and family law system function as effectively as possible and that other needed support mechanisms are there to help divorcing families and their children, minimizing the devastating effects of divorce.

If you would like to help, please fill out the donation form and send it today. Contributions are tax deductible.


We need your help and continuing support. Include us in your estate plan or make a specific provision in your will. You can also help by sending a contribution in honor of a special occasion or to celebrate the memory of a favored individual. You can get a printable donation card here.

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