Member Benefits

WhY Join the American academy of Certified financial litigators (aacfl)?

Whether your engagement is related to a divorce, a shareholder dispute, a damages claim or other types of litigation, chances are that a significant part of your work relates to money. Surprisingly, many law schools do not offer extensive training in finance, accounting, and economics.  The CFL™ designation fills this void. The CFL™ Training Course covers a wide range of topics such as tax returns, financial statements, business tax returns, income support calculations, investments, business valuations, and much more. While the program was built specifically to promote greater awareness and education for attorneys on financial concepts related to litigation, it offers significant value to attorneys who don’t find themselves in court frequently.

The AACFL Training Course has been developed exclusively by the AACFL faculty, including experts in their fields. The faculty and curriculum developers consist of Attorneys, CPAs, CFAs, MBAs, PhDs, and other talented experts. All participants will receive the course materials, reference materials, practice aids, practice checklists, and financial analysis resources. The AACFL’s approach to training is interactive and is based on class exercises followed by discussion.

Position yourself with credibility in your profession by becoming a CFL™.   

The CFL™ designation represents the successful completion of the CFL training curriculum and a passing score on the CFL exam. Only members of the AACFL may enroll in this course.

The Training Course will cover all of the information included on the CFL™ exam.

AACFL Membership

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Ability to take the CFL, PCFL, or CFM and earn the designation

Access to exclusive member resources including checklists and practice aids 

Remain on the cutting edge of financial issues & strategies for divorce – with our monthly newsletter

Premission to display the AACFL badge on your website and on social media

Be a leader in your area and belong to a group comprising many of the nations finest divorce attorneys

Exclusive invitations to events & trainings including our Judicial panel events 

Unlimited Live CLE every month at no additional cost (through the Accountant-Lawyer Alliance

CLE certificate tracking and compliance in Accountant-Lawyer Alliance Member Portal

Networking opportunties provided through the Accountant-Lawyer Alliance 

Priority status for speaking opportunity at panel events 

Attorney profile featured and promoted on social media by the AACFL

Receive 5 hours of consultation from our experts 

Exam preparation questions answered by AACFL faculty

Discounted fees to have our experts assist you with document requests and depositions

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Certified Financial LitigatoR (CFL™)

Join the nation’s leaders in divorce financial strategies today!

The intersection of legal knowledge and divorce financial training is a powerful combination. Experts aren’t always by your side in every instance. Whether you are an experienced practitioner or a new attorney, the CFL™ training program will benefit you. The CFL™ credential is a mark of distinction indicating the advanced training that will benefit your clients and the Courts.

Certified Divorce Financial Paralegal

Join the nation’s most valuable divorce paralegals with financial training today!

Rise above your peers. The intersection of your paralegal skills and divorce financial training is a powerful combination. From managing financial document requests to summarizing data to accurately for your firm, this training give you the tools you need. Whether you are an experienced paralegal looking to advance or new to the field, this unique training program will benefit you. Achieve a mark of distinction indicating the advanced training that will benefit your firm and your career.

Certified Divorce Financial Mediator

Join the nation’s leaders in divorce alternative dispute resolution today!

Resolving financial disputes for divorce out of court is on the rise. The intersection of mediation skills and divorce financial training is a powerful combination. Whether you are an experienced mediator, financial professional, attorney or other practitioner engaged in financial dispute resolution, this training program will give you the skills you need. Our award is a mark of distinction indicating advanced training that will benefit your clients, helping you guide them to optimal financial resolutions.

Why Join the AACFL?

The primary mission of the AACFL is to serve the community through its many programs. How is this accomplished? By promoting greater awareness and education to attorneys on the financial aspects of litigation. One end result will be a reduction in the need for court time or avoiding litigation altogether. A reduction in court time needed for these issues will reduce the work load of the courts allowing the justices to focus their valuable time more pressing matters. Other end results will include a way for the public to more easily distinguish the lawyers who have had advanced training, a more efficient process for the parties, and mentoring among lawyers and judges to create a more cooperative legal community.

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The CFL™ training course consists of 10 modules that cover a wide range of financial topics taught by university professors and prestigious national firms such as Morgan Stanley, KLR, Advantage Payroll, Valuation Forensics, and Fairview Fund Administration.

Topics covered include: Accounting for Attorneys • Financial Statement Analysis • The Anatomy of Tax Returns • Tax Return Analysis • Understanding Investments • Compensation Issues • Business Valuation • Forensic Accounting • Economic Analysis for Attorneys • Income Available for Support Process • Lost Profits and Lost Wages • How to Cross Examine a Financial Expert • Preparing Effective Document Requests

The course is taught by a variety of our expert instructors. Morgan Stanley teaches all about understanding brokerage statements and investments, a professor of Finance from Bentley college teaches in the investment area also. Advantage payroll, a national payroll company, teaches about compensation documents, KLR – a national CPA firm has CPAs that teach about understanding financial statements and various local experts in each area teach about tax returns, valuation issues and unique divorce related topics.

You may complete the training at your own pace without any time constraints – it generally takes between 10-12 hours from start to finish.

The training course culminates with the 2 hour long CFL™ Exam which you must pass in order to demonstrate their proficiency, become certified by the AACFL and earn the use of the CFL™ designation. Don’t worry, though – we allow you to retake the exam until you pass!

We are not primarily a CLE organization, although many of our members do get CLE for taking our course. We have not encountered any members who have had an issue using the CFL™ training course for CLE credits, but we recognize that every state is different. Although many use this course for CLE, there are also many who take the course separately from CLE because it is so unique and as culminates in an award/certification. These attorneys report that they have taken it for reasons that go above and beyond CLE.

Absolutely! Please send us an email to discuss becoming a member and perhaps even launching a new chapter in your area!

Topics covered include:

Business Valuation • How Divorcing Spouses Hide Money • Executive Compensation – Divorce Considerations • RSUs and PSUs in Divorce • Divorce and the New Tax Laws • Capturing Cash Perks for Divorce • Property Division