Jeralyn Lisa Lawrence

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Bridgewater, NJ

Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
 | 400 Crossing Boulevard, 8th Floor, PO Box 5933
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
Phone: 908-252-4278
Fax: 908-722-0755
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2006
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (80%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)

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Attorney Profile

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice, devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce, and family law, and is a trained collaborative lawyer, divorce mediator, and arbitration.

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 has also handled high profile matters including celebrities and professional athletes.  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.  Jeralyn is Treasurer of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), where she is expected to become its President in 2022.  She is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA and Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the Section, and a Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association.  She is also the Treasurer of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  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 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 NJ Supreme Court Matrimonial Certification Committee that oversees the statewide matrimonial attorney certification process, as well as the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey’s Board of Directors. In her spare time, Jeralyn is an attorney volunteer at Safe+Sound Somerset.  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 has been selected by the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey to receive their Carol Murphy Award, presented to a woman with a successful career demonstrating leadership, advancing policies in support of women and families, and helping to pave the way for women of the next generation.  She 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 has been honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business and was selected as a 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 by the Somerset County Commission On the Status Of Women. She received the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award and she’s received three Annual Legislative Recognition awards from the NJSBA. Jeralyn has also received an award from the NJSBA for her amicus curiae work on behalf of the bar. She was also a New Jersey Law Journal 2015 Attorney of the Year finalist. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and a member of the Central New Jersey Inns of Court.

Jeralyn has been selected as one of the New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Family Law section for several years. She was named to Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and Top 50 Female New Jersey Super Lawyers and The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation sections and was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge New Jersey, Metro Area.  New Jersey Family has also named her as one of “New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families”.  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.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (80%): Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Arbitration, Mediation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2006

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About Jeralyn Lawrence

Admitted: 1996, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: https://norrismclaughlin.com/attorney_profiles/jeralyn-lisa-...

Honors/Awards:

  • Member, NMM Women's Forum Steering Committee
  • 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
  • New Jersey's Top 10 matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40
  • New Jersey Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers' Award
  • Annual Legislative Recognition Award, from the New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division's Professional Achievement Award, 2007
  • Outstanding Woman in Somerset County, by the Somerset County Commission On the Status Of Women, 2008
  • Kean University Distinguished Alumna by the Kean University Alumni Association, 2009
  • Honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey's 2011 Best 50 Women in Business, 2011
  • Fellowship, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Recognized by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Matrimonial Law
  • Graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Accredited Collaborative Law Attorney
  • Accredited Mediator
  • Certified Family Law Arbitrator
  • Certified Matrimonial Attorney

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Central New Jersey Inns of Court
  • New Jersey
  • American Association for Justice
  • Board of Managers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Somerset County Bar Association, Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group, Family Law Section
  • Vice President, Somerset County Bar Association
  • New Jersey Supreme Court, District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee
  • New Jersey Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Ethics
  • New Jersey Supreme Court, Matrimonial Certification Committee
  • Associate Managing Editor, New Jersey Family Lawyer, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Committee
  • Chair, New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • U.S. District Court: District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Twenty Cases Matrimonial Attorneys Must Know When Handling a Domestic Violence Matter,", NSBA Mid-Year Meeting, 2011
  • "The Differences Between Divorce Litigation and Divorce Collaboration,", NJICLE Seminar Materials, 2011
  • "The Differences Between Divorce Litigation and Divorce Collaboration,", NJICLE Seminar Materials, 2011
  • "Trends in Domestic Violence: The New Jersey Judiciary is Expanding Its View on Who is a "Victim of Domestic Violence" as Defined by the Domestic Violence Act,", NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting, 2010
  • "What to Consider When Considering Divorce,", New Jersey Women's Journal, 2010
  • "Hot Topics Seminar,"
  • "Ten Things the Client Should Never Say to Their Children,", ATLA-NJ Educational Foundation's Boardwalk Seminar 2006
  • "Key Family Court Rules," , 2006 Family Law Summer Institute, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick
  • "Hot Tips on International Family Law Issues,", Mid-Year Meeting of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Rome, Italy
  • "What Everyone Should Know About Child Custody and Grandparents' Rights,", New Jersey State Bar Foundation, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey,
  • "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
  • "Custody Conversations - Fun with Dick and Jane Skits and Panel Discussions,", New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section
  • "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
  • "Divorce Law, Child Custody and Grandparents Rights,", New Jersey State Bar Foundation, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick
  • "Family Court Rules: Overview and 2008 Update,", New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • "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
  • 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
  • “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
  • "What Everyone Should Know About Divorce, Child Custody and Grandparents' Rights,", New Jersey State Bar Foundation, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • "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
  • "2010 Family Law Symposium,"
  • "NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention,"
  • "Collaborative Divorce: An Essential Primer for All Family Law Practitioners,", NJICLE, Edison, New Jersey
  • "Imputation Issues," , NJICLE & NJSBA Family Law Section
  • "Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce," , NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • "Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce," , NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • "Collaborative Law Training,", NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • "Collaborative Law Training,", NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • "Change in Circumstances - Modification of Support When Lady Luck Deals Your Client a Bad Hand,", NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • "Work-Life Balance: Is it in the Cards?", NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • "Hot Tips in Family Law: Marriage in 2013,", NJICLE
  • "Understanding the Neurobiology and Symptoms of Chemical and Other Addictions: Implications for Children, Families, & Custody,” , AFCC
  • "Hot Tips in Family Law 2013/2014: Rules are Made to be Broken,", NJICLE
  • "Collaborative Law Training,", NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ
  • "Collaborative Law Training," , NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ
  • "Change in Circumstances - Modification of Support When Lady Luck Deals Your Client a Bad Hand,", NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • "Work-Life Balance: Is it in the Cards?", NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • "Hot Tips in Family Law: Marriage in 2013,", NJICLE
  • "Sheridan and the Innocent Spouse,", NJAJ Educational Foundation, Inc. Boardwalk Seminar 2013, Atlantic City, NJ
  • "Bench Bar Seminar,", NJSBA Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ
  • "Family Law for Paralegals & New Attorneys: A 2013 Update,", NJSBA Paralegal Committee, New Brunswick, NJ
  • "Child Custody in the 21st Century,", NJICLE's South CLEfest, Atlantic City, NJ
  • "Hot Tips in Family Law 2013/2014, Rules Are Made to be Broken: Exceptions, Dissents, and Loopholes,", NJICLE, New Brunswick, NJ
  • "Child Custody in the 21st Century," , NJICLE's Central CLEfest, Iselin, NJ
  • "The Child Support Guidelines: How to Advocate to Deviate," , NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ
  • "The Grandparents' Ruling Gains Favor,", New Jersey Lawyer
  • "What to Consider When Considering A Divorce,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "The Uncontested Divorce Hearing,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Custody and Parenting Time,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Ten Things Clients Should Never Say to Their Children,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Grandparent Visitation ," , New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "College Contribution ," , New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Domestic Violence,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Grounds for Divorce," , New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "New Jersey Child Support Guidelines," , New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Alimony,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Relocation ,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Ten Things Clients Should Never Say to Their Children ,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Collaborative Law ,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Palimony ," , New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Domestic Violence ,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Emotionally Healthy Divorce ,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Advice to Prospective Client,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Redacting Personal Identifiers in Divorce Cases,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Dispelling Divorce Law Myths,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "College Contribution,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "The Difference Between Divorce Litigation and Divorce Collaboration,", NMM Matrimonial Law Alert
  • "Child Support and the Special Needs Child,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "The Differences Between Divorce Litigation and Divorce Collaboration,", NJICLE Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce
  • "Prenuptial Agreements,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Standard Provisions of a Marital Settlement Agreement," , New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "The Imputation of Income and Its Impact Upon the Dependent Spouse – A Historical Analysis from Khalaf to the Present,", 2011 NJICLE Family Law Symposium
  • "What Impact Does a Child's Income Have on Child Support,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Parent Coordinator,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • Quoted, "Your Divorce To-Do List,", Always New You
  • "Grandparent Visitation," , New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Imputation of Income,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Grandparent Visitation,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Imputation of Income,", New Jersey Women's Journal
  • "Changes in Circumstances: Navigating the Procedural Pathway When Addressing Support Obligation Modification," , NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting
  • "Ten Things Divorcing Parents Should Never Say to Their Children,", The CONNECTION Magazine - Warren-Watchung Edition
  • Quoted, "Family Bar Braces for New Law Governing Prenuptial Agreements,", New Jersey Law Journal
  • Interviewed, "Cross-examination: A look at family collaborative law,", New Jersey Law Journal: The Bar Report
  • "Advice to the Prospective Divorce Client,", The CONNECTION Magazine - Warren-Watchung Edition
  • Quoted, "Slain Waldwick woman's baby faces uncertain future,", The Record
  • Quoted, "Judiciary Corrects Counties That Charged Family Litigants Too Little,", New Jersey Law Journal
  • Quoted, "Paying the Price," , NJ BIZ
  • "Adultery: The Loophole Residency Requirement,", NJICLE Seminar Materials, Hot Tips in Family Law 2013/2014, Rules Are Made to be Broken: Exceptions, Dissents, and Loopholes
  • Quoted, "N.J. Alimony Reform Measure Is Panned by Family Lawyers," , New Jersey Law Journal
  • "Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training,", NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ
  • "Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training,", NJICLE, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ
  • "2014 Family Law Symposium,", NJICLE, Hilton, East Brunswick, NJ
  • "Family Law: Breaking Up is Hard to Do,", SES, Holiday Inn, Cherry Hill, NJ,
  • "Third Parties in Family Law Matters," , NJICLE, Westin, Mount Laurel, NJ
  • “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
  • "2014 Family Law Section Bench/ Bar Conference " , NJSBA Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Quoted, "Opponents of proposed alimony law changes say 'cookie-cutter approach' won't work,", Courier News, Daily Record, Asbury Park Press
  • "Update: Alimony Legislation," , NJICLE Seminar Materials, 2014 Family Law Symposium
  • "Is a Ten Year Marriage Still Considered Long-Term: An Overview of the Different Types of Alimony and the Judicial Progression Subsequent to Hughes,", NJICLE Seminar Materials, 2014 Family Law Symposium
  • Interview, "Alimony Reform" (audio), It’s the Law with Pat Smits, Hunterdon Chamber Internet Radio
  • "Breaking up Is Hard to Do:  Alimony, Child Support, Custody and Parenting Time,", SES Seminar Materials
  • Quoted, "State Bar Fights Proposal To Base Alimony on Duration of Marriage,", New Jersey Law Journal
  • Quoted, "Teen sues parents after being ‘kicked out,’ wants money,", New York Post
  • Interview, "Teen's Suit Against Parents for Tuition Loses Ground" (video), WSJ Live Lunch Break, The Wall Street Journal
  • Quoted, "Are you on the hook for your child's college tuition?,", Reuters
  • "Discovery of Third Parties in Divorce Cases: College Expenses, Use of Third Party Income and Third Party Support Obligations,", NJICLE Seminar Materials
  • Interview, "The Man Funding Rachel Canning's Lawsuit," Chasing New Jersey, My9 New Jersey
  • Interview, "Rachel Canning’s Attorney Writes Article Defending The Case," Chasing New Jersey, My9 New Jersey
  • "Using the Real Estate Expert and Your Client's Testimony to Dispute Passive Increases"
  • "Reasons Why To Hire A Divorce Attorney,", Garden State Woman 2005-2006 Financial Resources Guide
  • New Jersey Family Lawyer, Junior Editor
  • "Disputing Passive Increases in Value,", New Jersey Lawyer
  • "How to Make the Family Bar More Family Oriented,", NMM Article
  • "How to Make the Family Bar More Family Oriented,", NMM Article
  • Is a Ten Year Marriage Still Considered Long-Term: An Overview of the Different Types of Alimony and the Judicial Progression Subsequent to Hughes

Educational Background:

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1996
  • Kean University, B.A., 1992
Office Location for Jeralyn Lisa Lawrence

400 Crossing Boulevard, 8th Floor
PO Box 5933
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933

Phone: 908-252-4278

Fax: 908-722-0755

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Last Updated: 10/18/2018

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