Jeralyn Lawrence Trains Lawyers on the Collaborative Divorce Process

Posted on February 4th, 2011

February 4, 2011

Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
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Jeralyn Lawrence Trains Lawyers on the Collaborative Divorce Process

Bridgewater, NJ (February 4, 2011)– Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will participate in two-day program entitled “Collaborative Divorce Law Training,” sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE). Her topics will be “Collaborative v. Litigation,” a comparative analysis; “The Paradigm Shift,” where she will discuss the movement to more collaborative approach in divorce; “Business Valuations in the Collaborative Process;” “Team Challenges: the non-collaborative attorney; advocacy in the collaborative setting; working through impasse;” and “Recap of Key Issues from Training Program.” The program will be held on April 9, and 16, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

This introductory, intensive two day training will provide a solid foundation on the basics of the collaborative divorce process, which is now practiced in every state in the United States and 24 countries. By using real and hypothetical scenarios, as well as role play demonstrations, attendees will explore the role of each member of the collaborative team—the attorney, the financial expert and the mental health professional. The program will compare the collaborative process to traditional approaches to divorce to provide attendees with a unique perspective on how the collaborative process often results in more amicable, long-lasting solutions to the benefit of the entire family. The program meets the standards set forth by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). For more information or to register, visit the NJICLE web site at or call (732)214-8500.

A resident of Watchung, Lawrence devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law, and collaborative law. A Family/Divorce Mediator and certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, she has worked with clients whose needs lie in all areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, 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.

To complement the breadth of her matrimonial, divorce and family law practice, Lawrence 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 spends her spare time as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County.

Lawrence serves as Secretary of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA and sits on its Executive Committee, as well as several other committees. She also serves as an Associate Managing Editor of the New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the Family Law Section. Lawrence serves as Treasurer of the Somerset County Bar Association. She was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group, as a representative of the Somerset County Bar Family Law Section. She is currently a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators. She is also a member of the NMM Women’s Forum Steering Committee.

Lawrence is a Fellow to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the preeminent family law association in America. She was also selected as the 2009 Kean University Distinguished Alumna, the highest award for alumni, by the Kean University Alumni Association. She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County for 2008 by the Somerset County Commission On the Status of Women. She has been selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40. She has also been 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. For several years, she has been listed among New Jersey’s Super Lawyers, which rates her among the top 5 percent of New Jersey lawyers. She has also been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2009, as well as Top 50 Female New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2007, Lawrence received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award and the Annual Legislative Recognition Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association. Lawrence has received Certificates of Appreciation from 1998 to 2010 from the Somerset County Superior Court in recognition of her valuable contributions.

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