Each marriage has its own dynamic. The same holds true for each divorce. That's why it's important that the attorney you choose to handle your family law matter gives you the personalized attention you deserve. Family law attorney Alison C. Leslie, Esq. at Leslie Law Firm L.L.C. in Morristown, New Jersey will never treat your case as just another file. "I will provide individualized attention to every aspect of your case," says Alison. "Every situation is unique. I will work creatively to uncover nuances in the law that will fit your case."
Alison earned an undergraduate degree in the Scholar's Program at Bucknell University in Lewisburg; she also attended Oxford University in the U.K. as part of her undergraduate program. She studied law at Seton Hall University School of Law in South Orange and then clerked for a family-law judge in Morristown. She practices family law exclusively today and enjoys its challenges and its fluidity immensely. "It encompasses many other areas of law, and it's always changing," she says. "I learn new things every day, and it's very rewarding to be able to pass along that knowledge to my clients."
A sole practitioner who has worked for several major law firms, Alison offers large-firm results with small-firm, personalized attention to her clients' needs. She is active with many legal associations, including the Family Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section, the Young Lawyer Subcommittee for the NJ State Bar (as Chair), the Family Law Section of the Morris County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Matrimonial Inns of Court, and the Young Lawyers Association. She has also published articles on legal issues, including reimbursement alimony, domestic violence, and working with experts and civil unions.
Alison is frequently asked to lecture by her peers. She has lectured at the annual retreat for the New Jersey State Bar in Rome, Italy on international child custody and in Santa Barbara, California on civil unions. She has also lectured for the Essex County bar in St. Thomas on nuances and issues in civil unions.
Alison believes in paying close attention to detail while focusing on overall goals. When clients first meet with her, she asks to hear their story. "Everyone has one, and they need to be heard," she says. "They have gone through so much just to be able to get to a lawyer's office." After hearing the details of the case, she's able to educate her clients about the law and make recommendations. "I explain the law to them at every stage, so they always understand what is happening in their case," she says. Discovering the client's ultimate goal at this stage is the next step of the process: "It may change, but I like to find that out, and then devise a workable solution for them. I'm all about creative solutions." Alison often helps young professionals without children who don't have time to be as attentive to their case as they should be. "This is where I come in: I can be attentive for them. I keep them involved and get things moving for them so they don't have to worry." Regardless of the nature of the case, she is highly accessible to her clients -- by phone, e-mail, and personal appointments.
An energetic attorney with a strong work ethic, Alison believes in trying to settle her cases out of court. She uses creativity and her extensive knowledge of the law to accomplish a peaceful resolution, negotiating tirelessly and honestly to meet her clients' goals. "At the end of the day, the parties have to live with their own agreement," stresses Alison. "They're in a far better position to do so than a judge who's a perfect stranger." With court imposed deadlines and the emotional turmoil of divorce, clients who litigate can also feel out of control in regards to their own situation. "In my practice, my clients help fashion their outcome and control their destiny. The process helps them regain control and move on with their lives." She will do whatever it takes -- whether it's mediation, engaging the assistance of experts, or holding a four-way conference -- to meet her clients' goals. While she has compassion and empathy for her clients as they go through the divorce process, Alison is also level-headed. "I champion their causes, but I don't have any other types of agendas or biases," she says. She's also able to take a hard position with her adversaries, when necessary. When a case needs to be litigated, Alison is determined and will not hesitate to forward her client's position in a court of law. Her experience as an actress gives her added confidence as a litigator.
Alison reminds those with children who are considering divorce to be especially mindful during their divorce. "Family law, unlike any other practice of law, does not end when the final judgment is entered. The agreement clients enter into will affect them and their children, if applicable, throughout their entire lives," she says. Whether you have children or not, take a step in the right direction by choosing an attorney who will treat you as an individual. "You're going through an extreme amount of financial and emotional turmoil," concludes Alison. "You need a lawyer who is attentive to all aspects of your case."
For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact:
222 Ridgedale Ave., Third Floor, Morristown, NJ, 07962
Phone: (973) 631-8002
Fax: (973) 984-1478
Alison C. Leslie has written the following ariticles:
- After divorce, are both parents responsible for paying for college for their children?
If the parties agreed that they will pay for college, then they are obligated to...
- How is custody and child support decided when dealing with children of unwed parents?
Frequently, it first goes to litigation. With unwed parents, you have a different dynamic than you do with...
- Is litigation or mediation a better process for resolving disputes regarding child custody and visitation?
"Mediation is clearly a better process for resolving the disputes regarding custody..."
- If there's a lot of conflict between the parents, is joint custody still a possibility?
"Once an agreement is reached, the agreement needs to be as detailed as..."
- If the parents can't agree, what are the steps to creating a co-parenting plan?
"If the parents can't agree, usually what they'll do first is attempt parenting mediation..."
- What can a parent do to either get custody or ensure adequate routines and disciplines for the child...
"Generally, a court will take into their consideration the age of..."
- How does a separated couple decide on a parenting schedule when they're both still living in the same house?
"When people are sitting down to discuss this, they don’t know for sure where either..."
- Where do children typically spend time on the holidays?
"Hopefully, the parents are able to speak about and discuss the holidays. But this is also generally an..."
- What does a consent order mean?
"When a married couple is deciding to be divorced, what they will do is they will first..."
- How does a parent obtain custody of their child?
"The best way to do it is by applying to the court for an..."
- How do you determine their true income and what that business is actually worth?
"This actually comes up all the time. I realize people think the court never sees a case like this that deals with...
- Under what circumstances does someone need to hire a business valuator?
"You wouldn’t want to do it unless it's necessary. However, there are different ways that you can work with a..."
- To save even more money, could a business owner use the company's accountant...
"This is one thing that I just would not recommend. I wouldn’t recommend this because it's very difficult for the..."
- Is there any point in hiring a financial professional if the wage earning or business-owner spouse is not being co-operative?
"You definitely should hire the financial professional to value the business. If the business owner is not being..."
- What advice would you give somebody about ensuring that they get their fair share during a divorce?
"It's very interesting about how we define what their fair share is. To some people, it needs to be..."
- If somebody is a business owner, how can they protect their company during divorce...
"During the divorce, there needs to be a recognition that there should be as minimal a disruption in..."
- If both spouses co-own a business together, how will it be divided in a divorce?
"It's really going to be based upon a case-by-case basis. However, when both..."
- If somebody put their doctor or dentist spouse through school, are they entitled to anything during divorce?
"It is, and it really depends upon what state you're in. For example..."
- Does the lawyer attend mediation or do only the divorcing couple and the mediator attend?
"It is preferable for attorneys attend the mediation, simply so that everyone is on the same..."
- What is the current alimony law in New Jersey? I understand it has recently changed.
"The new law was signed into law in September 2014 and modifies the prior..."
- Can IRAs be transferred between spouses if they’re going through a divorce?
"In most cases, the marital portion of the IRA that is being..."
- What is mediation and how does it work?
"Mediation is a process by which both parties seek an amicable resolution to their issues and..."
- Does each spouse have a mediator or is there one mediator for the two of them?
"There’s only one mediator. However, I highly recommend that both parties go to..."
- Would you advice a divorcing person to keep the marital home?
"It really depends upon the details of the case. Oftentimes, the marital home has a lot of work that needs to..."
- How do divorcing people go about dividing their retirement assets?
"First we identify what types of assets there are. Is there a pension, differed..."
- How do people divide pensions as they’re going through divorce? What is a QDRO in relation to pensions?
"A QDRO is a qualified domestic relations order. It is required under federal law. After you have a signed property..."
- What happens in cases where there are extraordinary expenses?
"Those costs are not factored into the child support. It really depends upon the incomes of the parties and..."
- Do challenges like dividing assets or diving time with the children ever work themselves out over time? Or does that not happen?
"It depends upon how good the agreement is. The better and more detailed your agreement with regards to..."
- What is considered matrimonial property and what is considered separate property in New Jersey?
"In New Jersey, matrimonial property is called marital property and it is considered from the date of marriage to the..."
- What is the best way to determine custody?
"In New Jersey, both parties would be required to attend a parent education class, which..."
- Do divorcing parents need a custody expert?
"If both parties are unable to agree upon who the parent of the primary residence is, you need a custody..."
- What are the child support guidelines and what expenses do they cover?
"The child support guidelines are a formula in New Jersey, but they are a rebuttable presumption. After you determine the..."
- "What are the ground rules for divorce in New Jersey? Does fault matter anymore?"
"Fault matters when you’re coming down to dollars and cents, but the majority of divorces are filed under..."
- "Why would someone file for a no-fault divorce in New Jersey?"
"People often file for no-fault divorce when they have children, shared assets, or if they don’t want to bring a..."
- "When is fault important in a divorce case?"
"The important fault cause of action is adultery. You would file under..."
- "What is the procedure for divorce? How do you initiate a divorce and how long will it take, particularly if it goes to court?"
"First you file a complaint for divorce and then the opposite party has 35 days to answer or to..."
- "Should someone hire a lawyer if they’re going to divorce?"
"Absolutely. Divorce can be an unwieldy process if you’re doing it on your own. You need some..."
- "Regarding child custody, what is the difference between joint legal custody and joint physical custody?"
"People going through divorce often say that they want joint custody of their child without understanding the difference between joint legal custody and..."
- "How do I ask my spouse for a divorce?"
"Any divorce is a very delicate subject. Either both of you knew that this was a long time coming, or..."
- "Do I need a lawyer to get a divorce?"
"Of course you need a lawyer to get a divorce! A lot of people think they know how to get a divorce because..."
- "Why should I use an attorney before mediation?"
"Mediation is a wonderful tool to reach a workable solution between you and your spouse. However..."
- "I built my business with no support from my spouse. Is he still entitled to a share of it?"
"I represent a number of business owners, and this is a very common question. It's also one that is..."
- "I am currently in a domestic partnership. Should I enter into a civil union?"
"If you are in a same-sex relationship, and are currently in a domestic partnership, you absolutely must..."
- "What can you suggest to your clients to help them through the divorce process?"
"I frequently suggest to my clients that they have a support network around them. Divorce is..."
- "I feel I should be reimbursed if I helped pay for my spouse's education."
"You are not alone. I commonly have clients who complain about this very fact, whether it is the..."
- "I want to take a kinder, gentler way of resolving our divorce. My spouse seems bent on her day in court. What can I do?"
"Unfortunately, emotions run high during a divorce. It is an extremely emotional time for both..."
Alison C. Leslie has recorded the following podcasts: