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Laura M. Mendonca Profile

Laura M. Mendonca
Super Lawyers Rising Stars*

Email address: lauram@wlg.com

Laura M. Mendonca is an attorney with Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group. She received her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School Law in 2001. While attending law school, Ms. Mendonca was chosen to be a member of the Seton Hall Center for Social Justice Law Clinic, providing legal aid services. She also participated in the Eugene Gressmen Moot Court Competition. After graduation from law school, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Karen M. Cassidy, J.S.C., Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County, Family Part. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Mendonca attended Kean University and graduated with Dean's List distinguishment. Ms. Mendonca, a Washington Center scholarship recipient, was also selected to participate in an internship program at the Office of the Corporation Counsel in Washington D.C. Ms. Mendonca received an undergraduate dual degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice in 1998.

Ms. Mendonca has an extensive background in family and matrimonial law litigation, including issues of alimony, equitable distribution of assets, child custody, child support and domestic violence. Ms. Mendonca has been a guest speaker at community domestic violence seminars in Morristown, New Jersey. This targeted legal experience and her highly effective advocacy skills, makes Ms. Mendonca especially well-suited to represent clients in all facets of family law.

Ms. Mendonca was recognized as a "New Jersey Super Lawyers - Rising Star" in 2011 featured in the March 21, 2011 edition of New Jersey Monthly Magazine. She has also been recognized by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys as one of the "10 Best in Client Satisfaction" in 2015 and 2016.

Ms. Mendonca is fluent in her native Portuguese language and proficient in the Spanish language.

Areas of Practice:

Family and Matrimonial Law
Divorce and Legal Separations
Child Custody
Visitation and Parenting Time
Child Support
Mediation
Alimony
Division of Assets - Equitable Distribution
Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements
Adoption and Kinship Legal Guardianships
Emancipation
Modification of Custody
Modification of Child Support
Modification, Reduction or Termination of Alimony
Enforcement of Custody
Enforcement of Child Support
Enforcement of Alimony
Paternity
Grandparent's Rights
Domestic Violence Matters
Post Divorce Matters
Relocation out of the State of New Jersey with a child
Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P - formerly DYFS)

Bar Admissions:

New Jersey, 2001
U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 2001

Education:

Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, 2001
Kean University, Union, New Jersey, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships:

New Jersey State Bar Association
Family Law Section

American Bar Association

Past Employment:

Garces & Grabler, P.C.
Associate (2009 – 2013)

Morales, Mendonca & Pagan, L.L.C.
Managing Partner (2005 – 2009)

Da Silva & Pinho, L.L.C.
Associate (2002-2005)

Honorable Karen M. Cassidy, J.S.C.
Superior Court of New Jersey, Union County, Family Part
Judicial Law Clerk (2001-2002)

Pro Bono / Volunteer Activities:

Domestic Violence Seminar Guest Speaker - Wind of the Spirit, Morristown, New Jersey

Languages:

Fluent in Portuguese
Proficient in Spanish.

Information on Laura Mendonca in Spanish:

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