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Jeralyn Lisa Lawrence
New Jersey
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Jeralyn Lisa Lawrence

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a member of the firm, devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law and is a trained collaborative lawyer and divorce mediator.

Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, Jeralyn has worked with clients whose needs lie in all areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation, mediation and arbitration, custody and parenting time issues, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship advice, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony. She takes great pride and care in helping her clients make it through these difficult personal matters. Through collaborative law, Jeralyn assists and guides clients who are committed to resolving their matter without court intervention through the divorce process. Lawrence is Chair of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the Section; and President-Elect of the Somerset County Bar Association. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and sits of its Board of Managers. Jeralyn has been certified by the Academy as a Family Law Arbitrator.

To complement the breadth of her matrimonial, divorce and family law practice, Jeralyn involves herself in various professional engagements outside the firm. She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars and she can be found on twitter @JeralynLaw.  She has been admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County. She serves on the Matrimonial Certification Committee that oversees the statewide matrimonial attorney certification process. In her spare time, Jeralyn is an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center of Somerset County. She is also a volunteer attorney with the New Jersey State Bar Military Legal Assistance Program, providing pro bono legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas or active duty of the armed forces after September 11, 2001.

Jeralyn was a recipient of the 2014 New Jersey Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law, which honors attorneys whose character, competence, and commitment to the highest professional standards mark them as outstanding members of the bar. She was honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s 2011 Best 50 Women in Business, and was selected as the 2009 Kean University Distinguished Alumna, the preeminent award for alumni, by the Kean University Alumni Association. Jeralyn was honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County for 2008 by the Somerset County Commission On the Status Of Women. She received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award, and has twice received the Annual Legislative Recognition Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association. A graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and a member of the Central New Jersey Inns of Court, she is also a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and a member and barrister of the Central New Jersey Inns of Court. While in law school, Jeralyn was awarded the New Jersey Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Award, in addition to serving as Student Director of the Family Law Clinic.

Jeralyn has been selected as one of the New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Family Law section for several years, and The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey. She was also named to Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and Top 50 Female New Jersey Super Lawyers. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Family Law and Family Law Mediation. In addition, Jeralyn was selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top 10 matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40, and was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40.

Jeralyn is a member of the NMM Women’s Forum Steering Committee.

Articles

Publications

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Presentations

  • “Evidence for Family Lawyers,” Central CLEFest, NJICLE, East Brunswick, NJ, November 24, 2014
  • “Alimony Reform,” Legalpalooza, Morris County Bar Association, Morristown, NJ, November 22, 2014
  • “Alimony Law in New Jersey,” Keep C.A.L.M. and Mediate, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, Somerset NJ, November 15, 2014
  • “Family Law: Advanced Issues,” National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, November 14, 2014
  • “Alimony Update: The New Law,” Meadowlands Seminar 2014, East Rutherford, NJ, November 13, 2014
  • “Hot Tips in Family Law-Rules are Made to be Broken: Exceptions, Dissents, & Loopholes,” NJICLE & NJSBA, New Brunswick, NJ, November 11, 2014
  • “Legislative Issues Affecting the Family Law Practice,” Family Law Section Dinner Meeting, MCBA, Edison, NJ, November 10, 2014
  • “Hop Tips in Family Law – Trouble in the City of Love,” NJSBA Mid-year Meeting, Paris, France, November 3, 2014
  • “Women in Political and Social Sectors,” U.S. Department of State International Visitors Office Leadership Program, Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, October 28, 2014
  • “Family Law: Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” Sterling Education Services, Inc., Parsippany, NJ, October 22, 2014
  • “New Jersey’s New Alimony Bill,” NJSBA, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, September 18, 2014
  • “2014 Family Law Section Bench/ Bar Conference, ” NJSBA Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ, May 16, 2014
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Publications

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Presentations

  • “Evidence for Family Lawyers,” Central CLEFest, NJICLE, East Brunswick, NJ, November 24, 2014
  • “Alimony Reform,” Legalpalooza, Morris County Bar Association, Morristown, NJ, November 22, 2014
  • “Alimony Law in New Jersey,” Keep C.A.L.M. and Mediate, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, Somerset NJ, November 15, 2014
  • “Family Law: Advanced Issues,” National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, November 14, 2014
  • “Alimony Update: The New Law,” Meadowlands Seminar 2014, East Rutherford, NJ, November 13, 2014
  • “Hot Tips in Family Law-Rules are Made to be Broken: Exceptions, Dissents, & Loopholes,” NJICLE & NJSBA, New Brunswick, NJ, November 11, 2014
  • “Legislative Issues Affecting the Family Law Practice,” Family Law Section Dinner Meeting, MCBA, Edison, NJ, November 10, 2014
  • “Hop Tips in Family Law – Trouble in the City of Love,” NJSBA Mid-year Meeting, Paris, France, November 3, 2014
  • “Family Law: Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” Sterling Education Services, Inc., Parsippany, NJ, October 22, 2014
  • “New Jersey’s New Alimony Bill,” NJSBA, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, September 18, 2014
  • “2014 Family Law Section Bench/ Bar Conference, ” NJSBA Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ, May 16, 2014
  • “Child Support: The New Guidelines – What’s Changed; Advocacy for Deviating from the Guidelines; Children in College,” NJAJ Educational Foundation, Inc. Boardwalk Seminar 2014, Atlantic City, NJ, May 1, 2014
  • “Third Parties in Family Law Matters,” NJICLE, Westin, Mount Laurel, NJ, March 8, 2014
  • “Family Law: Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” SES, Holiday Inn, Cherry Hill, NJ, February 25, 2014
  • “2014 Family Law Symposium,” NJICLE, Hilton, East Brunswick, NJ, January 25, 2014
  • “Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training,” NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, January 18, 2014(Day 2)
  • “The Child Support Guidelines: How to Advocate to Deviate,” NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, December 14, 2013
  • “Child Custody in the 21st Century,” NJICLE’s Central CLEfest, Iselin, NJ, November 25, 2013
  • “Hot Tips in Family Law 2013/2014, Rules Are Made to be Broken: Exceptions, Dissents, and Loopholes,” NJICLE, New Brunswick, NJ, November 11, 2013
  • “Child Custody in the 21st Century,” NJICLE’s South CLEfest, Atlantic City, NJ, August 16, 2013
  • “Family Law for Paralegals & New Attorneys: A 2013 Update,” NJSBA Paralegal Committee, New Brunswick, NJ, August 1, 2013
  • Bench Bar Seminar,” NJSBA Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ, May 17, 2013
  • Sheridan and the Innocent Spouse,” NJAJ Educational Foundation, Inc. Boardwalk Seminar 2013, Atlantic City, NJ, April 18, 2013
  • “Hot Tips in Family Law: Marriage in 2013,” NJICLE, November 12, 2012
  • “Work-Life Balance: Is it in the Cards?” NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 13, 2012
  • “Change in Circumstances – Modification of Support When Lady Luck Deals Your Client a Bad Hand,” NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 12, 2012
  • “Collaborative Law Training,” NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, March 16, 2012 (Day 1)
  • “Collaborative Law Training,” NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, March 17, 2012 (Day 2)
  • “Hot Tips in Family Law 2013/2014: Rules are Made to be Broken,” NJICLE, November 11, 2013
  • “Understanding the Neurobiology and Symptoms of Chemical and Other Addictions: Implications for Children, Families, & Custody,” AFCC, October 12, 2013
  • “Hot Tips in Family Law: Marriage in 2013,” NJICLE, November 12, 2012
  • “Work-Life Balance: Is it in the Cards?” NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 13, 2012
  • “Change in Circumstances – Modification of Support When Lady Luck Deals Your Client a Bad Hand,” NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 12, 2012
  • “Collaborative Law Training,” NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 16, 2012 (Day 1)
  • “Collaborative Law Training,” NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 17, 2012 (Day 2)
  • Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce,” NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 9, 2011 (Day 1)
  • Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce,” NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 16, 2011 (Day 2)
  • Imputation Issues,” NJICLE & NJSBA Family Law Section, January 29, 2011
  • Collaborative Divorce: An Essential Primer for All Family Law Practitioners,” NJICLE, Edison, New Jersey, June 17, 2010
  • “NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention,” May 19-21, 2010
  • “2010 Family Law Symposium,” January 29, 2010, Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick
  • “Rights and Responsibilities of Adults in Nontraditional Families,” New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Mid-Year Meeting, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, November 5-9, 2008
  • “What Everyone Should Know About Divorce, Child Custody and Grandparents’ Rights,” New Jersey State Bar Foundation, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, October 23, 2008
  • “Settlement – Civil Restraining Orders,” Hot Tips in Family Law 2008: Back to Basics, New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section in association with the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 20,2008
  • “2008 Family Law Symposium,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section, Iselin, New Jersey, January 25-26, 2008
  • “Are Best Practices Forcing Litigation to Go ‘Sideways': ‘To Whine or Not to Wine’ Recent Court Rule Amendments for Civil and Family Cases,” Family Law Section Meeting, Annual Mid-Year Meeting, New Jersey State Bar Association, Santa Barbara, California, November 8, 2007
  • “Family Court Rules: Overview and 2008 Update,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, October 23, 2007
  • Imputation Issues,” NJICLE & NJSBA Family Law Section, January 29, 2011
  • Collaborative Divorce: An Essential Primer for All Family Law Practitioners, NJICLE, Edison, New Jersey, June 17, 2010
  • Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Attorneys to Speak at the NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention, May 19-21, 2010
  • Jeralyn speaks at 2010 Family Law Symposium, January 29, 2010, Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick
  • “Rights and Responsibilities of Adults in Nontraditional Families,” New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Mid-Year Meeting, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, November 5-9, 2008
  • “What Everyone Should Know About Divorce, Child Custody and Grandparents’ Rights,” New Jersey State Bar Foundation, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, October 23, 2008
  • “Settlement – Civil Restraining Orders,” Hot Tips in Family Law 2008: Back to Basics, New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section in association with the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 20,2008
  • 2008 Family Law Symposium, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section, Iselin, New Jersey, January 25-26, 2008
  • “Are Best Practices Forcing Litigation to Go ‘Sideways': ‘To Whine or Not to Wine’ Recent Court Rule Amendments for Civil and Family Cases,” Family Law Section Meeting, Annual Mid-Year Meeting, New Jersey State Bar Association, Santa Barbara, California, November 8, 2007
  • “Family Court Rules: Overview and 2008 Update,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, October 23, 2007
  • “Divorce Law, Child Custody and Grandparents Rights,” New Jersey State Bar Foundation, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, October 16, 2007
  • “Hot Tips in Family Law 2007: Factors, Grounds & Tests,” Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section, September 29, 2007
  • “Custody Conversations – Fun with Dick and Jane Skits and Panel Discussions,” New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section, May 16, 2007
  • “The ABC’s of an Effective CDR Presentation – From the Presenter’s Perspective,” Boardwalk Seminar 2007, Association of Trial Lawyers of America-New Jersey Educational Foundation, Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 26-27, 2007
  • “What Everyone Should Know About Child Custody and Grandparents’ Rights,” New Jersey State Bar Foundation, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, January 10, 2007
  • “Hot Tips on International Family Law Issues,” Mid-Year Meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Rome, Italy, November 10, 2006
  • “Key Family Court Rules,” 2006 Family Law Summer Institute, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, July 26-27, 2006
  • Ten Things the Client Should Never Say to Their Children,” ATLA-NJ Educational Foundation’s Boardwalk Seminar 2006, April 28,2006
  • Hot Topics Seminar,” November 3, 2001

Areas of Practice

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
    • J.D., summa cum laude, 1996
  • Kean University
    • B.A., 1992

Accreditations

  • Certified Matrimonial Attorney
  • Certified Family Law Arbitrator
  • Accredited Mediator
  • Accredited Collaborative Law Attorney
  • Graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court
    • District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Family Law Section
      • Chair
      • Executive Committee
      • Associate Managing Editor, New Jersey Family Lawyer
    • Board of Trustees
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
    • Matrimonial Certification Committee
    • Office of Attorney Ethics
    • District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee
  • Somerset County Bar Association
    • President-Elect
    • Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group, Family Law Section
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Fellowship
    • Board of Managers
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Association of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
  • New Jersey Association of Justice
  • New Jersey Collaborative Law Group
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey  as a Matrimonial Law Attorney