Christine C. Fitzgerald is a Partner at Seiden Family Law, LLC. She is certified as a Matrimonial Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is on its Board of Managers for the New Jersey Chapter. Practicing family law since 2007, Christine is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, and before the Supreme Court of the United States and U.S. District Court of New Jersey.
After graduating from Seton Hall University and receiving her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, Christine served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Thomas P. Zampino, J.S.C. (retired) of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Essex County. After her clerkship, Christine entered private practice, further honing her experience and legal skills at several prominent family law firms in Bergen, Hudson and Morris counties before joining Seiden Family Law.
Throughout her legal career, Christine has earned recognition and accolades for her superior skills and determination. Christine has been selected by her peers as a Super Lawyer in 2022 and 2023 and Rising Star from 2012-2020*. Most recently, Christine has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” for 2021 through 2023**. In 2019, she was honored as the 2018 Family Lawyer of the Year by the Hudson County Bar Association and Hudson County Bar Foundation.
Demonstrating her commitment to the field of family law, Christine serves as an active member of the legal community of New Jersey. Since 2011, she has been a member of the Family Law Executive Committee (FLEC) of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), where she currently serves as Treasurer of FLEC among being selected to serve on various other subcommittees. Previously, Christine served as the Co-Chair of FLEC’s Legislative Committee, Chair of FLEC’s Elective Share Subcommittee and Co-Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Subcommittee. In addition to being involved with many of FLEC’s subcommittees and task forces, she is the current Second Vice President of the Hudson County Bar Association, Chair of its Family Law Committee, and a member of its Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee. Christine was also a former Chair of the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s District VI Ethics Committee and was a member of the General Council of the NJSBA. Christine is an Early Settlement Panelist for Bergen County. Christine was appointed by the President of the New Jersey State Bar Association to serve on the Ethics Diversionary Program Committee, Amicus Committee, and the Putting Lawyers First Task Force.
Continuing to build upon her experience and knowledge, in 2014, Christine graduated from the Family Law Trial Advocacy Program, a specialized matrimonial litigation training given by the American Bar Association’s Section of Family Law and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).
Christine’s knowledge of family law has earned her frequent invitations to lecture at, moderate and present seminars by such organizations as the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Hudson County Bar Association, and the New Jersey State Bar Association and at major events like the Annual Hot Tips in Family Law, the Family Law Symposium, the Annual Family Law Retreat, NJSBA Mid-Year Meeting and the NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention. Christine has also written numerous scholarly articles that have been featured in professional publications, most notably New Jersey Family Lawyer.
Christine combines her extensive experience in complex family law cases with her natural passion and empathy to help her clients navigate the legal process.
*The Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists are issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at https://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process_detail.html. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
**Recognition in the Best Lawyers in America list is entirely based on peer- review, A description of the methodology can be found at https://www.bestlawyers.com/methodology. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Learn Why Christine Became a Divorce Lawyer
I was referred to Seiden Family Law by my coworker who had previously worked with her team. Christine was a beacon of hope for me while navigating the annulment of my international marriage. It was particularly difficult because of the international boundaries and differences in divorce laws etc. But Christine being highly knowledgeable, highly experienced, scrutinizingly thorough, compassionate and tough, was able to get my marriage annulled promptly. Indeed, she knows the ins and outs of divorce laws and international laws. She and her team were very professional and always returned a call or email promptly. I very much appreciated all the support and good advice she offered throughout the process. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing the best divorce attorney!
I was referred to Seiden Family law when I needed to commence proceedings for my divorce. I soon after found that Christine would be the attorney working alongside me in my divorce. Though it was a very difficult and stressful time, Christine's human compassion showed through, always with knowledge and professionalism in her work. She is someone you could count on. A dynamic attorney who knows the ins and outs of divorce law. Always available and answered any questions as soon as I called or e-mailed. On top of things and very organized. I always felt I had someone who had my back. Thankfully, the process has been concluded, though she still checks in on me to make sure things are going well. It's just who she is. I would strongly recommend Christine Fitzgerald to any friend or person who is in need of a diligent, hard-working, attorney who knows her craft and has a commitment to her clients.
Having to hire an attorney means that something very stressful is going on in your life. Christine stayed calm throughout some very horrible experiences and helped me try to stay calm as well. I've always felt like I could trust her, not have to hide anything from her, and that she would try to help me not just because I was paying her but because she cared. When she thought I was wrong, she told me so. When I pushed on her because I thought I had a good point, she listened, and we talked it through to come to an understanding of the full situation and develop a strategy. She brings her range of experience to the conversations to guide in a grounded manner. I've appreciated having a thoughtful partner throughout this ordeal in Christine. I certainly wish I had no need of an attorney, but while I do have this need, I know that Christine will be here with me to help guide me forward.