Rita M. Aquilio, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been re-appointed to the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee as Co-Chair. She has also been re-appointed as a member of the Executive Committees of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Family Law Section and NJSBA Appellate Practice Special Committee for the 2017-2018 terms.
The ABA Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation 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. As continuing Co-Chair of the Family Law Litigation Committee, Aquilio participates in a leadership role in the largest section of the ABA.
The NJSBA serves, protects, fosters, and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members. It serves as the voice of New Jersey attorneys to other organizations, governmental entities and the public with regard to the law, legal profession, and legal system; and promotes access to the justice system and fairness in its administration. The organization fosters professionalism and pride in the profession, as well as within NJSBA. It provides educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law, and to the New Jersey public to enhance awareness of the legal profession and legal system. The Family Law Section maintains and improves the practice of family law through effective interaction with the family courts and by informing members of current legislation and regulations.
The NJSBA Appellate Practice Special Committee addresses all issues that affect practices and procedures in the Appellate Division and Supreme Court of New Jersey, including, but not limited to, commenting on proposed amendments to court rules; promoting an open and ongoing exchange of views with appellate judges and court administrators; and sponsoring cooperative efforts between the Bench and the Association in order to enhance the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of justice at the appellate level.
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 Executive Committee of the Somerset County Family Practice Committee.
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 was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her 2015-2016 term as Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee. She frequently lectures for the NJSBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education at its Hot Tips seminars and has served as Editor of the ABA 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.