Rita M. Aquilio, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee and has been recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her 2015-2016 term.
The committee assists the litigator of domestic relations and family law disputes by providing of programs, forums for exchange of information, and regular communication on family law matters. A particular focus of the committee is to provide representation or assistance to unrepresented parties in family law matters through pro se and pro bono efforts, and the role that individual practitioners and the bar can play in these efforts. The committee follows national developments in family law litigation and brings appropriate issues to the attention of the Section for its input and action.
Aquilio practices extensively in the areas of divorce, child support, custody, and post-judgment issues. She represents clients in all types of matrimonial actions, from basic matters to complex asset valuation cases. Aquilio is a trained Collaborative Divorce Attorney and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She has both trial experience and alternative dispute resolution training in matrimonial actions.
Recognized by the New Jersey Superior Court as a R.1:40 Qualified Family Law Mediator, Aquilio is a Panelist for the Superior Court, Early Settlement Panel in Somerset County and a member of the Somerset County Judicial and Prosecutorial Due Diligence Committee.
Aquilio is also a member of the Family Law Executive Committee and the Appellate Practice Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She frequently lectures for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education at its Hot Tips seminars and has served as Editor of the American Bar Association Family Law Litigation Subcommittee’s E-Newsletter.
Aquilio earned her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law, and her B.A. from Drew University, cum laude.