• Biography

    Attorney Amy Wechsler has been practicing law since 1985. She practices exclusively in the area of family law. She is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a matrimonial attorney and is an accredited divorce and family mediator and trained arbitrator. She is also a collaboratively trained practitioner. Ms. Wechsler lectures and presents at the New Jersey State Bar Association as well as the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

    Mediation Experience

    Accredited Professional Mediator, NJ Association of Professional Mediators, 1997 – Present
    Mediator for Economic Mediation Program in conjunction with Superior Court of New Jersey, 1999 – Present
    Co-founder and Mediator for Somerset County Volunteer Custody Mediation Program and Speaker at Custody Mediation Workshop, 1995 – Present
    Mediation in Private Practice, 1995 – Present
    Faculty Instructor for Biannual ICLE Basic Mediation Training, 2013 – Present
    Faculty Instructor for ICLE Advanced Mediation Training, 2013 – Present

  • Education & Career

    Education

    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, Juris Doctor
    Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work, M.S.W – 1976
    University of Connecticut, B.S. – 1972
    Rutgers University, Divorce Meditation Course – 1994
    NJ Association of Professional Mediators, Mediation Internship 1993-1994
    Numerous ICLE, NJAPM, ATLA, NJAJ Seminars in Family Law, 1993-Present
    Rutgers University, Introductory Course in Divorce Mediation – 1994
    Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group, Collaborative Law Training – 2008
    Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Parent Coordination Training, Chicago, Illinois, 2010
    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Arbitration Training, Chicago, Illinois, 2013
    New Ways for Families Institute, High Conflict Families Training – 2014
    40-hour Introductory Course in Divorce Mediation Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. 1994
    Numerous ICLE, NJAPM, ATLA, NJAJ and other seminars in family law, 1993 to the present

    Bar Admissions

    New Jersey, 1985
    U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1985
    U.S. Supreme Court, 1996

    Accreditations

    Certified Matrimonial Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1998

    Professional Affiliations

    Association for Advancement of Collaborative Practice, Co-President/Member, 2015
    Segal v. Lynch – co-authored amicus brief on behalf of NJ-AFCC, 2012
    Vicinage XIII Inn of Court, Steering Committee/Member, 2010 – 2014
    New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, Board Member, Secretary/Chair and Co-Chair, Education Committee/Member, 2009 – 2014
    NJ Supreme Court , Testified in support of establishing a Parenting Coordination Court Rule, 2007 – Present
    New Jersey State Bar Association, , Family Law Executive Committee, 2007-Present
    New Jersey State Bar Association, Chair of the Children’s Rights Subcommittee
    New Jersey State Bar Association, Chair of the Parenting Coordination Task Force

    District XIII Ethics Committee, Chair/Vice-Chair/Member, 1998 – 2001
    New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, Member, 1996-Present; Trustee, 1997-2001
    Central Jersey Family Inn of Court, Member, Steering Committee and Master, 1996 – 1999
    Somerset County Custody Mediation Program, Co-founder and Custody Mediator, 1995 – Present
    New Jersey State Bar Association, Member, 1994 – Present
    Somerset County Bar Association, Member, 1993 – Present; President 2013 – 2014; Chair and Co-Chair of Family Law Committee
    Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel, Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, Panelist, 1991 – Present Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – NJ Chapter, President-Elect, 2015 – 2016, Treasurer, 2009 – 2015; Member, 2004 – Present

  • Presentations

    “Guardians Ad Litem: Who Can Serve, What Can They Do and How Can They Be Used?”, New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 19, 2022.
    Advanced Matrimonial Mediation Workshop, New Jersey State Bar Association, May 4, 2022.
    What’s Next in Collaborative Practice? Accreditation, Protocols, Standards?, New Jersey Collaborative Law Group 2022 Retreat, May 2, 2022.
    Child-inclusive Mediation New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – Development and Issues that Arise in Divorcing Families, October 19, 2021
    Collaborative Law and ADR – Presentation to the Garibaldi Inn of Court, October 14, 2021
    Faculty, 40-hour Mediation Training and Advanced Mediation Training, ICLE 2014 to 2020
    Speaker, Cutting Edge Issues in Custody Evaluations, ICLE Family Law Symposium, 2016
    Speaker, Protecting Communications Made Prior to Signing a Collaborative Participation Agreement, ICLE Hot Tips Seminar, 2015
    Speaker, Resources for Domestic Violence Victims and Their Families, NJSBA and SCBA, 2015
    Instructor and Guest Lecturer, Collaborative Family Law and ADR, Rutgers School of Law – Newark, 2015
    Moderator/Speaker, Professionalism in Family Law – The Ethics of Steering Your Client in the Right Direction, SCBA, 2015
    Faculty, Mediation Training, ICLE, 2014
    Speaker, Advanced Mediation Training, May 2014, March 2016, May 2018, May 2019, December 2019, May 2020, November 2020
    Speaker, Use of Guardian Ad Litem for Parties Not Represented by Counsel, ICLE Hot Tips Seminar, 2014
    Moderator, Pet Peeves in Family Law, NJSBA, 2014
    Speaker, The Neurobiology of Addiction: Implications for Families and Children in Custody Cases, NJ-AFCC, 2014
    Speaker and Moderator, Parenting Coordination Workshop, ICLE, 2013
    Speaker/Panelist, Joint Custody: Fact or Fiction?, NJSBA Annual Meeting, 2013
    Speaker/Panelist, Ethics in the Law, Somerset County Bar Association, 2012
    Speaker, Use of Guardian Ad Litem Appointments for Adults in Family Law Matters, AFCC-NJ, 2012
    Speaker, The Child Specialist-In or Out of the Collaborative Model, AFCC-NJ, 2012
    Speaker/Panelist, Family Attorney as Diagnostician and Process Shaper, ICLE, 2012
    Speaker, The Disposition of Pre-embryos: To Be or Not to Be?, ICLE Hot Tips Seminar, 2012
    Instructor, Collaborative Law 2-day Training, ICLE, 2011, 2012
    Speaker/Panelist, Ethics in the Law, Somerset County Bar Association, 2011 – 2012
    Moderator/Speaker, Ethics in the Law, Somerset County Bar Association, 2011
    Speaker, Motions to Modify Support, Somerset County Bar Association, 2010
    Speaker, Arbitration in Family Matters, Somerset County Bar Association, 2010
    Speaker, Savings as a Component of Marital Life Style, FLEC Meeting, 2010
    Speaker, Alternatives/Precursors to Full Custody Evaluations, ICLE, 2010
    Speaker, Enforcement of Anti-Lepis Provisions, NJSBA Annual Meeting, 2009
    Speaker, Calculating Child Support in Equal Shared Parenting Cases, ICLE, 2009
    Speaker, Modification of Support in the Current Economic Climate, ICLE, 2009
    Speaker, Tax Issues in Divorce, Somerset County Bar Association, 2007
    Speaker, Ethical Issues in Representing Children, ICLE, 2006
    Speaker, Divorce and Taxes, Alimony and Taxes, NJ Society of CPA’s, NJAPM and ICLE, 2006
    Speaker, Recent Developments in Family Law, Association of Divorce Financial Planners, 2005
    Speaker, Comparative Family Law, Association of Divorce Financial Planners, 2004
    Speaker, Alimony and Child Support, NJAPM Advanced Divorce Mediation Seminar, 2004
    Speaker, Family and Divorce Mediation, Somerset County Bar Association, 2001
    Speaker, Structure and Use of Court Mediation Programs, NJAPM, 2000
    Moderator & Presenter, Financial Planning in Divorce, Mediation, and Hot Tips, ADR Day, 1999
    Moderator, Financial Planning in Divorce Mediation, NJAPM Annual Conference
    Moderator & Presenter, Child Support Guidelines Seminar, Somerset County Bar Association, 1998

  • Publications

    “Adolescent Development and Issues that Arise In Divorcing Families”, New Jersey Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, October 19, 2021.

    “Guardians, Guardians Ad Litem, Law Guardians and Parenting Coordinators: What You Need to Know” – New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Convention, May 20, 2021.

    “Summary of Significant Changes to the 2016 NJ Court Rules Affecting Family Practice,” The Clarion, Somerset County Bar Association, Fall, 2015
    “Custody and Parenting Time/Visitation Plans: What Are They and Why Do We Need Them?,” New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 36, No. 1, August, 2015
    “Alimony and Taxes,” New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 33, No. 1, June , 2012 (co-author with Jeffrey Urbach, CPA)
    “The Do’s and Don’ts of Mediation and Arbitration,” New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 27 No. 2 October, 2006 (co-author with Amy Z. Shimalla, Esq.)
    “Imputing Income to Assets,” New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 18 No. 7 Nov/Dec., 1998 (co-author with Melissa G. Schiffman, Esq.)

    Are You Still Responsible to Pay Child Support for Your High School Graduate?

    Child Custody, Co-Parenting and Decision-Making

    Does Social Science Research Support a Presumption of 50-50 Physical Custody

    Financial Literacy and Divorce

    Is 50-50 Parenting Time Presumed?

    The Importance of Sibling Relationships in Custody and Parenting Time Determinations

  • Awards & Recognition

    Chosen as Super Lawyer by NJ Monthly Magazine, 2014 – 2015, 2017
    Chosen as Top 50 Women Lawyers in NJ by NJ Monthly Magazine, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
    Phil Sobel Award – NJ-Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2019
    Professional Lawyer of the Year, Somerset County, 2005 Recipient

     

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