Morris County NJ Lawyers - Family Law Attorneys Morristown


Laurence J. Cutler Esq.

Of Counsel
Morristown, New Jersey

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; and the president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a founding fellow of the Chapter. 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. Mr. Cutler has been trained by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as a Matrimonial Mediator and a Matrimonial Arbitrator and has trained other lawyers in Matrimonial Arbitration for the Academy. 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 was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © 2017 in the fields of Family Law and Family Law Mediation in Morristown, NJ.

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

Fellow, 1976-

National Positions
Board of Governors, 1989-1990, 1991-1994
Arbitration Committee, 1993-1995, 2012-, Vice-Chair, 2012-
Marketing Committee, 1991-1992, Chairman: 1991-1992
Membership Committee, 1992-1993
Budget and Finance Committee, 1990-1991
Law Journal, Editorial Board, 1993, 1998
SCUBA Network, 1992-1993, Chairman, 1992-1993
Arbitration Implementation Committee, 2003-2004

New Jersey Chapter
Founding Fellow, 1981
President, 1985-1987
President-Elect, 1983-1985
Secretary, 1981-1983
Board of Managers (including Emeritus), 1981
Awards Committee, 1989-1991, Chairman, 1989-1991
Nominating Committee, 1992-, Chairman, 1992-1993, 2012-
Scholarship Committee, 1991-, Chairman, 1991-1997
Membership Committee, 1992-1994, 1996-2000
Parliamentarian, 1996-1998
Website Committee, 1997-1998
Sergeant-at-Arms, 1998-2000
Liaison, Family Law Section, 1993
Education Committee, 2013-, Chairman, 2013-
Long Rang Planning, 2014-

Charter Member, 1995-

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
Liaison, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1993
Liaison, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New Jersey Chapter, 1981-1983, 1992
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

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Equitable Distribution of Retirement Benefits (National), 1985
Matrimonial Practice (New Jersey Chapter), 1993
Equitable Distribution of Frequent Flyer Miles (New Jersey Chapter), 1994
Life Insurance: How Much Is Not Enough? (New Jersey Chapter), 1995
Boot Camp for New Family Court Law Clerks, 1997-1999
Arbitration Training, 2010

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)


Areas of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Appeals

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Matrimonial Law Attorney, New Jersey Supreme Court
  • Matrimonial Arbitrator, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Matrimonial Mediator, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

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


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

Honors and Awards

  • 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-













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  • Lawrence J. Cutler


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