Alison M. Dunn (Schmieder) Profile

Alison  M.  Dunn,  Esq.  is  an  attorney  with  Weinberger  Divorce  &  Family  Law  Group,  who  is licensed in both New Jersey and New York, having received her Juris Doctorate from William & Mary School of Law. While attending law school, Ms. Dunn served and as the Articles Editor for the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal as a Graduate Research Fellow in the areas of Family Law  and  Therapeutic  Jurisprudence.  She  also  participated  as  an  advocate  for  the  Domestic Violence  Clinic  of  the  Legal  Aid  Society  of  Eastern  Virginia  providing  legal  services  to  local residents.  Prior  to  attending  law  school,  Ms.  Dunn  received  a  Bachelor  of  Science  degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh.

Since her graduation from law school, Ms. Dunn has been solely dedicated to the practice of family and matrimonial law. In addition to representing clients in contested matters, Ms. Dunn is a qualified Family Law Mediator and provides mediation services to assist parties in reaching a mutual resolution of their family and matrimonial issues. Ms. Dunn is also trained in the alternative dispute resolution method of collaborative divorce, which better enables hereto avoid litigation through this non-adversarial settlement process.

Before entering private practice, Ms. Dunn served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael Paul Wright, Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Part in Morris County.

Ms. Dunn has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Star. She has also been named by the American Institute of Legal Counsel as one of the 10 Best Client Satisfaction for Family Law in New Jersey.

Awards

* Super Lawyers is a publication of Thomson Reuters. The selection process is conducted by an independent firm that determines which lawyers in New Jersey have attained a high degree of peer recognition & professional achievement. The selection process can be viewed at www.superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court .

* American Institute of Family Law (10 Best Client Satisfaction; Top 10 Under 40) “To be named an attorney must be formally nominated by the board, client, and/or fellow Attorney; have attained the highest degree of professional achievement in his or her field of law; and having done so with an impeccable Client Satisfaction rating. To learn more about the selection process see www.aiofla.org. No aspect of this has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Areas of Practice:

  • Family and Matrimonial Law
  • Divorce and Legal Separations
  • Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships/Civil Unions and Same Sex Marriages
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation and Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Alimony and Palimony
  • 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
  • Domestic Violence Matters
  • Post Divorce Matters
  • Relocation out of the State of New Jersey with a child

Certifications / Specialties:

Qualified Family Law Mediator
Qualified and Trained Collaborative Law Attorney

Bar Admissions:

New Jersey
New York

Education:

William & Mary School of Law
University of Pittsburgh, magna cum laude

Awards / Recognition:

New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Star
10 Best Client Satisfaction for Family Law – American Institute of Legal Counsel

Professional Associations and Memberships:

New Jersey State Bar Association
Morris County Bar Association
New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
New Jersey Collaborative Law Group

Publications:

Best Interests and Parental Presumptions: Bringing Same-Sex Custody Agreements Beyond Preclusion by the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, 17 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 293.