AFCC-AAML 2023 Conference on Advanced Issues in Child Custody: Evaluation, Litigation, and Settlement

Conference Information

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers are excited to be hosting their first completely in-person joint conference in four years! Leading family law experts will offer extended institutes and breakout sessions that address the most challenging issues faced by lawyers, judges, psychologists, custody evaluators, parenting coordinators, mediators, therapists, arbitrators, educators, and others.

This conference offers:

  • In-depth two-hour breakout sessions
  • Your choice of four pre-conference institutes
  • Consultation opportunities
  • Networking breakfasts, lunch, and reception

Topics include:

  • Special trial track
  • Understanding adults who sexually abuse children
  • Social science and family law
  • Parent-child contact problems
  • Technology and evidentiary issues
  • Culture and intimate partner violence
  • Children’s stress, trauma, and resilience
  • Drugs, alcohol, and family court

Program Committee:

Lawrence Jay Braunstein, Esq.
Maria Cognetti, Esq.
Nancy D. Kellman, Esq.
Arnold T. Shienvold, PhD
Matthew J. Sullivan, PhD

Hotel Information

Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

The Capital Hilton is in the heart of Washington, DC, just steps away from the White House and within walking distance of museums, memorials, theatres, art galleries, shopping, dining, nightlife and more, including the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, Georgetown, and Metro stations.

Reserve your room today! The Capital Hilton is offering a reduced special rate to conference attendees of $259 per night for single or double occupancy through the AFCC-AAML room block. On September 5, 2023, any unreserved rooms in the block will be released and the special rate will no longer be guaranteed. Make your reservations online at or call or 202-393-1000 and ask for the AFCC-AAML Conference room block at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. All attendees are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements.

All attendees are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements.

Travel Information

The Washington, DC metropolitan area is served by three major airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which is closest to the Capital Hilton, Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

The Capital Hilton is 15-20 minutes by car from Reagan National Airport (DCA), 45 minutes from Dulles International Airport (IAD) and 60 minutes from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Metro (subway/rail) from Reagan National is approximately $4; taxi fare from Reagan National is approximately $24. Ride share services such as Uber or Lyft are available.

Parking: Valet parking is available at the Capital Hilton for $59/night with in and out privileges.

Climate: Average daytime temperatures in Washington, DC in late September range from low-70s to mid-50s. Be sure to take a light jacket or sweater for evenings and indoors, as meeting rooms and restaurants can be cool.

Of Special Note

Tabletop Exhibits

Exhibits will be open during conference hours. If you are interested in renting exhibit space or distributing materials to conference attendees, please see the exhibitor prospectus on AFCC’s website or contact Abby Rebholz at or 608-664-3750.

Dine Arounds

Friday evening is your opportunity to enjoy the area with friends and colleagues. Sign up before 1:00pm on Friday and join a group of 8-12 for dinner at a local restaurant. Restaurant menus and sign-up sheets will be available onsite near registration. Participants are responsible for food, beverage and transportation costs.

About the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

AFCC is an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children through the resolution of family conflict. Founded in 1963, AFCC includes nearly 6,000 members in 35 countries. For more than 60 years, AFCC has served as a leader in family court innovation and reform in areas including parenting coordination, mediation, child custody evaluation, parent-child contact problems, family law education, and intimate partner violence. AFCC members receive a print and electronic subscription to Family Court Review, the world’s leading interdisciplinary family law journal, published by Wiley. Learn more about AFCC at

About the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) is a leader in Family Law continuing education, publications, networking and training. Since 1962 AAML has operated as a nonprofit association of Family Lawyers who have experience and concentrate in all issues related to marriage, divorce, child custody and visitation, annulment, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, matters affecting unmarried cohabitants, business valuation and property distribution, alimony, and support. The nearly 1,500 Family Lawyers who have earned the distinction of AAML Fellowship, practice throughout the United States. Learn more at