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Rated by Super Lawyers Laurence J. Cutler 15 Years


Laurence J. Cutler has been involved in virtually every activity in which a New Jersey matrimonial lawyer could be involved over the span of his more than four decades of practice exclusively limited to matrimonial law and related matters.

He has been a chairman of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He was also a founding fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; a founding diplomat of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers; and a founding affiliate of the Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance, and currently, is it's director. He has been a member of five New Jersey Supreme Court Committees, and is presently a member of the Supreme Court's Committee on Family Law Arbitration. He has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Matrimonial Attorney. He is also a Master in the New Jersey Family Law Inns of Court.

Mr. Cutler is the 1994 recipient of the prestigious Saul Tishler Award of the Family Law Section for his contributions to the advancement of Family Law in the State of New Jersey, and the 2002 recipient of the coveted Alfred C. Clapp Award of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education for his outstanding contributions and his ongoing commitment to the advancement of continuing legal education for the New Jersey Bench and Bar.

Mr. Cutler has been included in the prestigious designation of "The Best Lawyers in America*” list by Best Lawyers for many years. He has been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers* list in the New Jersey Monthly Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine.

Mr. Cutler has written and taught extensively, most notably as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School, and as co-author of New Jersey Family Law Practice, a multi-volume treatise used by virtually every family law judge and lawyer in New Jersey.

Mr. Cutler is a court-authorized mediator of family law matters; an arbitrator of family law matters; and a mediator/arbitrator of aviation matters.

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Civil Practice, 1976-1979
Matrimonial Litigation, 1980-1982
Family Part Practice, 1985-1987, 1999       
Co-Chair, Financial Aspects of Divorce Subcommittee, 2001
       Chair, Domestic Partnership Subcommittee, 2005
       Co-Chair, Dissolution Subcommittee, 2011-2013
       Chair, Subcommittee on Family Law Arbitration, 2012-2013
Board of Attorney Certification, 1996-2000
Committee on Family Law Arbitration, 2014

Morris Plains Juvenile Conference, 1973-1982
Morris Plains Library Association, Board of Trustees, 1982-1987

Member, 2001
Family Law Section, 2001-2008
Executive Board (emeritus), 2001-2008

Master, Family Law Inn (New Jersey), 1993-1995, 2006

Founding Member, 2010
Member, Board of Managers, 2014

The Matrimonial Strategist, 2001
Divorce Magazine, 2003-2007

Founding Fellow, 1986-2009
United States Chapter, 1986-2009
Board of Governors, 1994-1998

Founding Affiliate, 1999
Director, 2010

Founding Diplomat, 1994
Executive Committee, 1994-1998

Member, 2009-2012

Member, 1970
Board of Trustees, 1978-1980
Family Law Committee, 1973-1975, 1980-1992, Chairman, 1987
Advisory Committee on Matrimonial Practice, 1977-1978
Matrimonial Early Settlement Program, 1976-, Chairman, 1976-1981
Divorce Kits Committee, 1977-1978, Chairman, 1977-1978

Member, 2009

Member, 2013

Member, 1972

State Positions
Appellate Practice Committee, 1993-1995
Unification of the Bar Committee, 1978-1979
Specialization  in the Legal Profession Committee, 1976-1984
Computer-Related  Law Committee, 1978-1981
General Counsel Member, 1975-1982
Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Curriculum Committee, 1982-1991
Program Committee, 1982-1983
Unlawful Practice of Law Committee, 1980-1982
Nonrefundable Retainers Committee. 1989

Family Law Section
Chairman, 1977-1978
Vice Chairman, 1976-1977
Secretary, 1975-1976
Executive Committee, 1975-1993, 1996-2000, 2003-2010, 2012
Committee on Rules and Legislation, 1974-1975, Chairman, 1974-1975
Committee on Contingent Fees in Matrimonial Cases, 1974-1975
Board of Early Settlement Program Coordinators, 1981-1982, Chairman, 1981-1982

Member, 2011

Member, 1973
Family Law Section, 1973
Alimony Committee, 1974-1975
Family Law Specialization Committee, 1975-1976
New Jersey Host Committee, 1977-1978
Litigation Section, 1987-1990
Standing Committee on Professional Utilization and Career Development, 1978-1979
American Bar Foundation, 2010

Member, 2012


Institute for Continuing Legal Education (New Jersey)
       Understanding, Analyzing and Preparing to Prove Financial Factors in
       Equitable Distribution Cases, 1978
       Matrimonial Motion Practice: Pretrial to Post-Trial, 1979
       Attorneys' Fees: Practical, Procedural and Ethical Considerations, 1979
       Second Bi-Annual Family Law Symposium, 1982
       Third Bi-Annual Family Law Symposium, 1984
       Fourth Bi-Annual Family Law Symposium, 1990
       Advanced Family Law Workshop, 1987
       Skills and Methods, 1987
       "Hot Tips" Seminar (with New Jersey AMML), 1989-1992
       Family Law Forum (with New Jersey AMML), 1993-1996, 1999
       Family Law Institute, Co-Chairman, 1996-2005
       Family Law Institute, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
       Domestic Torts in New Jersey, 1997
       New Child Support Guidelines, 1997
       Family Law Symposium, 1999
       Hot Tips in Family Law, 2009
       Family Law Symposium, 2010
       Family Law Arbitration, 2010
       Arbitrating Family Law Cases, 2010
       Family Law 101, 2010
       Family Law Symposium, 2013
       Evolving Issues in Family Law, 2013
       Case Information Statements, 2014 (2 locations)
       Matrimonial Math 101, 2014

Seton Hall University, School of Law
       Guest Lecturer, 1988-1990
       Adjunct Professor of Law, 1992-2002

Administrative Office of the Courts (New Jersey)
       New Jersey Family Part Judges Retreat, 1989
       New Jersey Judicial College, 1990, 2005
       New Jersey Family Part Judges (New Child Support Guidelines), 1997

Essex County  Bar Association
       Ask the Experts, 2011

Morris County Bar Association
       The Five Worst Matrimonial Cases, 1986
       Economic Consequences of Divorce, 1993

American Trial Lawyers Association
       Boardwalk Seminar (Matrimonial Practice), 1993-1995, 1997, 1999-2003
       Winter Family Law Seminar, 2000
Matrimonial Law Alliance
       Matrimonial Practice, 2001
       Perspectives on Alimony Review, 2012

New York Lawyers Association
       New Jersey Family Law for New York Lawyers, 2013

Other Associations and Organizations
Family Law Institute, University of Kentucky
       Family Law Practice Ideas to the Year 2000 and Beyond, November, 1997
New Jersey State Bar Association, Non-marital Partnership Agreements, 1992
National Business Institute
       Family Law Litigation in New Jersey: "Winning" for Your Client, 1992
Seminars on New Jersey Child Support Guidelines:
       Monmouth County Bar Association, September 1997
       Union County Bar Association, October 1997
       Middlesex County Bar Association, September 1997
       American Inns of Court (Family Law, New Jersey), October 1997
       Ocean County Bar Association, November 1997
       New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, December, 1997
      (3 locations)
American Inns of Court
       Initial Client Conferences, 2009
Marketing of a Family Law Practice, 2014

New Jersey Family Law Practice, New Jersey ICLE (co-author with Gary N. Skoloff, Esq.), Five Volumes
       4th Edition, 1982
       5th Edition, 1984, supplement, 1987
       6th Edition, 1990, supplement, 1992
       7th Edition, 1994
       8th Edition, 1996
       9th Edition, 1999
       10th Edition, 2001
       11th Edition, 2003
       12th Edition, 2005
       13th Edition, 2007
       14th Edition, 2010
       15th Edition, 2012
Board of Editors, Matrimonial Strategist, 2002
       Frequent Flyer Points: Are they Subject to Equitable Distribution?
            XV Matrimonial Strategist 1 (February 1997)
       Uncovering Confidential E-Mail: Is it Worth the Effort?
            XV Matrimonial Strategist 6 (November 1997)
       When Dividing Assets, Don't Forget Your Client's USAA Subscriber's
       Savings Account

            XVII Matrimonial Strategist 6 (December 1999)
       Can You Obtain an Award of Counsel Fees When Suing a Former Client for
       Fees Owed?

            XVIII Matrimonial Strategist 6 (December 2001)
       Reimbursement  Alimony: How Much Is That Piece of Paper Worth?
            (co-authored with Alison C. Leslie, Esq.)
            XXIII Matrimonial Strategist 1 (June, 2005)
       State Ruling May Have National Impact: Assessing the Tax Implications of
       Post-Judgment Interest Under Price v. Scharff
(co-authored with Joseph M. Freda, Esq.)
            XXIV Matrimonial Strategist, 1 (November, 2006)
       Marital Fault and Alimony: A Shifting Paradigm?
            (co-authored with Kamal S. Ullah, Esq. and Olga Kats-Chalfant, Esq.)
            XXIII Matrimonial Strategist 3 (July, 2007)
       How 'Bout Those Broncos !
            (co-authored with Jeremy L. Janis, Esq.)
            XXVI Matrimonial Strategist  1 (June, 2008)
       Debt Forgiveness: Watch Out for the Tax Consequences
            (co-authored with Erin D. DeGeorge, Esq.)
            XXVII Matrimonial Strategist 5 (February, 2009)
       When Its Better to be in Bed with the IRS
            (co-authored with Erin D. DeGeorge, Esq.)
            XXVI Matrimonial Strategist 3 (February, 2010)
            XXVIII Matrimonial Strategist 1 (August, 2010)
       Social Networking- The Future of Evidence in Matrimonial Litigation?
            (co-authored with Robert A. Epstein, Esq.)
            XXVII Matrimonial Strategist 5 (January, 2011)
       Retiring in a Down Economy
(co-authored with Robert A. Epstein, Esq.)
            XXVII Matrimonial Strategist (July, 2011)
       The Settlement Mindset
            (co-authored with Robert A. Epstein, Esq.)
            XXVIII Matrimonial Strategist (November, 2011)
       Retaining Local Counsel When Dividing Retirement Assets
            (co-authored with Robert A. Epstein, Esq.)
            XXVIII Matrimonial Strategist (May, 2012)
       Custody of Pets
            (co-authored with Jeremy J. Sturgeon, Esq.)
            XXXI Matrimonial Strategist (October, 2013)

New Jersey Family Lawyer
       The Myths of Early Withdrawal
            1983 N.J.F.L. 66 (November 1983)
       Be Published or Perish
            1984 N.J.F.L. 97 (January 1 985)
       The Motion for Reconsideration: Phantom of the Legal Opera
            1985 N.J.F.L. 113 (February 1986)
       Equitable Distribution of Contingencies
            (co-author with Elliot H. Gourvitz, Esq.)
            1994 N.J.F.L. 172 (September 1994)
       Early Withdrawal: The Kriegsman Myth
            1997 N.J.F.L. 152 (July/August 1997)
       End the Charade: The Time Has Come to Allow Courts to Award
       Limited-Duration Alimony
            (co-authored with Dina M. Vanides, Esq.)
            1998 N.J.L.J. 6 (1998)
       Matrimonial Racketeering: The New-Fangled Law Dumfounding
       Old-Fangled Lawyers

            1998 N.J.F.L. 205 (1998)
       Are Unallocated Temporary Support Orders Tax Deductible?
            2000 N.J.L.J. 128 (2000)
       Then and Now: An Historical Perspective
            2005 N.J.F.L. 121 (2005)
       Is Life Insurance a Distributable Asset Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23.1
(co-authored with Lisa P. Parker, Esq.)
            2013 N.J.F.L. 18 (2013)

New Jersey Family Legal Blog (Fox Rothschild, LLP)
       Divorce for the Well-to-Do (September  11, 2009)
       Agreement for Cutoff Date in Lieu of Filing for Divorce
(November 2, 2009)
       Incorporation of an Agreement into a Judgment of Divorce
(December 29, 2009)
       Language of an Agreement Controlling (December 31, 2009)
       Collapse of an Employer (February  26, 2010)
       Marital Fault: A Factor in Awarding Alimony? (April 5, 2010)
       What! No Oral Argument on Motions (July 13, 2010)
       Oral Argument, Part II (July 15, 2010)
       To Trust or Not (September 22, 2010)
       Matrimonial Arbitration is on its Way (January  3, 2011)
       Disqualification of a Decision-Maker (February  24, 2011)
       Arbitration of Children Issues (February  24, 2011)
       Modification of Support Clause: Not Just Simple Boilerplate (May 31, 2011)
       Are Mediation Proceedings Really Sacred and Secret? (August 18, 2011)

Other Publications
       Equitable Distribution of Contingencies
            (co-author with Elliot H. Gourvitz, Esq.)
            Fair$hare, Vol. 14, No.8 (August 1994)
            Fair$hare, Vol. 14, No.9 (September 1994)
       Life Insurance as a Security Vehicle in Dissolution Cases
            (co-author with Robert  J. Durst, II, Esq.)
            12 J.Am. 155 (Summer,  1994)
       Celebrity Goodwill: The Nature of the Beast from Horses to Hedge Funds:
       Tips on Valuing Businesses
(co-authored with Robin C. Bogan, Esq,)
            25 F.L. Advocate 20 (Winter,  2003)
       65 and Out Clause: A Limit to the Duration of Alimony
            193 N.J.L.J. 349 (August 11, 2008)
       Divorce for the Well To-Do
            (co-authored with Erin D. DeGeorge,  Esq.)
            Affluent Magazine (August,  2009)
       Thoughts on the Rachel Canning Case
            (co-authored with William L. Laufer, Esq.
            And Hon. John J. Harper, J.S.C. (ret.)
            Jurist, March 19, 2014

Ryan v. Ryan, 246 N.J. Super. 376 (Ch. Div. 1990)
Schwartzman v. Schwartzman, 248 N.J. Super 73 (App. Div.  1991), cert. den. 126 N.J. 341 (1991)
Kuron v. Hamilton, 331 N.J. Super. 561 (App. Div. 2000)
Weishaus v. Weishaus, 180 N.J. 131 (2004)
Johnson v. Bradbury, 435 N.J. Super. 100 (Ch. Div. 2014)

New Jersey Supreme Court
L.M. v. Div. of Med. Asst. & Health Services, 140 N.J. 480, 481 (1995)
Kiken v. Kiken, 149 N.J. 441, 449 (1997)
V.C. v. M.J.B., 163 N.J. 200, 210, n. 2 (2000)
New Jersey  Superior Court
Aronson  v. Aronson,  245 N.J. Super. 354, 363 (App. Div. 1991)
Aarvig  v. Aarvig,  248 N.J. Super.  181, 186  (Ch. Div. 1991)
Rolnick  v. Rolnick, 262 N.J. Super. 343,  359 (App. Div. 1993)
Jackson v. Neptune Tp., 15 N.J. Tax 498 (1996)
Finger  v. Zenn, 334 N.J. Super. 438, 443 (App. Div. 2000)
Forrestal v. Forrestal, 389 N.J. Super. 1, 5 (App. Div. 2006)
W.T. v. Div. of Medical  Assistance and Health Srvs., 391 N.J. Super. 25, 30 (App. Div. 2007)
Gamey v. Gamey, unreported (May, 2007)
Calbi  v. Calbi,  396 N.J. Super. 532, 539 (App. Div. 2007)
DeAngelis v. LaCoste, unreported (May, 2008)
Bansal v. Bansal, unreported (October, 2008)
Miller v. Miller, unreported (March, 2009)
Mascuillo v. Mascuillo, unreported (January, 2010)
C.C.P. v. M.A.P., unreported (March, 2011)
Newman v. Newman, unreported (May, 2011)
Eteson v. Eteson, unreported (October 2011)
Turner v. Turner, unreported (August, 2013)
Loch v. Loch, unreported (August, 2013)


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 1970
  • American University
    • B.A. - 1967

Classes & Seminars

  • Seton Hall University, School of Law, Guest Lecturer, 1988-1990
  • Seton Hall University, School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, 1992-2002

Professional Associations

  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2001 to Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Board, 2001 to 2008
  • New Jersey Divorce Arbitrators Association, Founding Member, 2010 to Present
  • New Jersey Divorce Arbitrators Association, Member of the Board of Managers, 2014 to Present
  • The Matrimonial Strategist Board, Member, 2001 to Present
  • Divorce Magazine Board, Member, 2003 to 2007

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Matrimonial Law Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court

Current Employment Position

  • Of Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1970
  • New York, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1974


  • Tishler Award of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association for outstanding service and leadership in Family Law, 1993
  • Alfred C. Clapp Award of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education for ongoing commitment to the advancement of continuing legal education to the New Jersey Bench and Bar, 2002
  • Listed Attorney, The Best Lawyers in America, 1995
  • Listed Attorney, Best Lawyers in New Jersey, New Jersey Monthly, 1997