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Sheryl J. Seiden

Founding Partner


Sheryl J. Seiden is the founding partner of Seiden Family Law, LLC in Cranford, New Jersey. She has been duly licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey since December 1996 and in the State of New York since June 1997.

Sheryl Seiden is a seasoned matrimonial lawyer, having practiced family law exclusively every year since January 2000. Sheryl has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” every year since 2015, and has been selected by her peers as a Super Lawyer (and previously, a Rising Star) every year since 2015. Since 2018, she has been ranked by her peers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey and Top 50 Female Lawyers in New Jersey.

Sheryl was the Chair of the Family Law Section (“FLEC”) of the New Jersey State Bar Association from May 2019 to May 2020. As a former officer of FLEC, Sheryl dedicates her time to ensure that the needs and concerns of the Family Law Section are addressed. She is a past Co-Chair of the Young Lawyer Family Law Subcommittee for FLEC, and has been a member of FLEC since 2008.

She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”) – New Jersey Chapter (“AAML”), where she has served on the Board of Managers for several years, is an Officer of AAML, and is slated to be sworn in as President of AAML in 2024. Sheryl is also a fellow at the International Academy of Family Lawyers. In November 2014, Sheryl argued for AAML Amicus Curiae for AAML in Gnall v. Gnall before the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Sheryl has moderated and spoken on many panels for the Family Law Symposium, including topics involving Creative Support Awards, Child Support, Emancipation and Special Needs Trusts, Alimony issues, legislative issues affecting family law, and reexamining our relocation laws. She also was a speaker at the Friday Night program for the Family Law Symposium in January 2013 on the topic of Case Information Statements.

Sheryl has lectured several times on the Relocation Laws in the State of New Jersey and on Bisbing v. Bisbing, the case setting the new standard on relocation by one parent out of state with a child or children of the parties. Sheryl has experience with addressing parental alienation. She has written an article and lectured on this topic.

Sheryl also wrote and presented a seminar series entitled “How to Take A Case Through The Court System,” which she presented to Young Lawyers to educate them about family law practices and procedures, and which continues to be presented throughout the State of Jersey. She has lectured for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Union County Bar Association on ”How to Effectively Prepare a Case Information Statement” and the Middlesex County Bar Association on “Parental Alienation and Relocation Issues.”

Sheryl frequently lectures at the New Jersey State Bar Annual Conference. In May 2018, 2019, and 2020, she was part of the Bench Bar Panel. In years past, she spoke on the following topics: “Landmines in Negotiating and Drafting Property Settlement Agreements,” custody/parenting time issues, and why equitable distribution should be equitable and not necessarily equal.

She organized and moderated the “Hot Tips Seminar” in 2017 on Demystifying the Trial for preparing and proceeding to trial. She also was a speaker at the “Hot Tips Seminar” in November every year since 2013.

She has to opined on legal issues on Jenny McCarthy’s radio show.

Sheryl is also a member of the Union County and Essex County Bar Associations. She has volunteered for Partners for Women and Justice and has lectured for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education on family law issues. Sheryl was a participant in the ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Program in May 2008, which enhanced her litigation skills.

She is an Early Settlement Panelist for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Union County, and has been asked to serve as a blue-ribbon panelist on several occasions by the Early Settlement Panel for the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Essex County.

Prior to forming Seiden Family Law, Sheryl was a partner at a boutique firm in Summit, New Jersey, where she practiced family law for thirteen years. She also practiced matrimonial law for several years at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, working closely with Eleanor B. Alter, Esq. and Helene Brezinsky, Esq. in complex matrimonial cases in both New York and New Jersey. She also acquired significant litigation experience at both Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker and Thacher Proffitt & Wood.

Sheryl graduated magna cum laude from New York Law School in 1996, where she served as the managing editor of the New York Law School Law Review. She received her B.A. in Justice from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1993, where she graduated cum laude.

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Sheryl Seiden In the News

May 16, 2019

Sheryl J. Seiden was sworn in as Chair of the Family Law Section (FLS) of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA)

July 4, 2018

Sheryl Seiden named Chair Elect of Family Law Section of New Jersey State Bar Association

April 3, 2017

Sheryl Seiden to serve as First Vice Chair for Family Law Section of NJ Bar Association (the "section") in May 2017, Chair in May 2019 (thru May 2020)

January 2022

Sheryl Seiden lectured on alimony issues in light of COVID 19 Pandemic at the Family Law Symposium

October 2021

Sheryl Seiden moderated a panel company in New Jersey and Arizona Law at the NJSBA midyear meeting in Arizona

June 2021

Sheryl Seiden co-chaired and discussed with Captain Sully Sulklenburg of AAML, NJ Chapter, installation of officers event

April 2021

Moderated a seminar on forensic accounting issues

Upcoming Events

December 9, 2017

"Ethical Issues in Family Law Matters" Sheryl Seiden Speaks

June 2021

Sheryl will be sworn in as Secretary of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers NJ Chapter

May 2022

Sheryl J. Seiden will speak on child support issues at NJSBA Annually and the Hudson County Bar Association

Notable Appearances

May 2021

Sworn in as a Trustee for NJSBA

May 2019

Sworn in as Chair

November 2, 2017

7th Annual Professionalism Day for the Union County Bar Association on "Balancing Clients' Expectation with Ethical Considerations in Family Law"

Learn Why Sheryl Became a Divorce Lawyer

Sheryl J. Seiden


The Lawyer Other Lawyers call to Handle their Divorce

I can't say enough good things about my experience working with Sheryl. As a family lawyer myself, I know all too well just how awful divorces can get, and I certainly know what is at stake when a bad lawyer is chosen. So I can say whole heartedly that Sheryl and the attorneys are Seiden Law are absolutely the lawyers you want to handle your mediation, divorce or custody matters to ensure that the process is as peaceful and pain free as possible while making sure you have zealous and strong advocacy on your side. Sheryl and her team were so knowledgeable, organized and professional every step of the way. I never felt like my case might be going south and I was confident the entire time that Sheryl would make sure that I, and more importantly, my son was taken care of. Most importantly I believe that Sheryl's expertise in the area of Family Law as well as her own experience as a mediator ensured that our positions were reasonable and well received by the mediator and opposing party during settlement negotiations. I walked away from my settlement/divorce feeling comfortable, satisfied and confident that I am well positioned to being this next chapter of my life. So much of that is all thanks to Sheryl and the attorneys at Seiden Law.

Union County Mother Who Sought Appropriate Parenting Time For Father of Their Young Child and Who Fought To Preserve Her Pre-Marital Assets

Sheryl saved my life! I began my divorce process with another lawyer and everything was going wrong. I didn't realize how crucial a lawyer can be when things start getting ugly. Sheryl Seiden came highly recommended by several people and her and I hit it off immediately. Sheryl was compassionate, empathetic and intelligent. She is overall a funny wonderful human being- and a hell of a lawyer. She is tough and strategic and always kept me abreast with what was happening and what to expect next. Considering that divorce is awful and not what anyone plans for, Sheryl helped through this tough time in my life. She was always candid with me so nothing came as a surprise and her office staff was organized and friendly. I would recommend Sheryl a hundred times over for anyone looking for a family law attorney. Thank you Seiden Family Law and thank you Sheryl for truly making a difference!

Livingston Husband Involved In Case Where Wife Had Significant Pre-Marital Assets

Sheryl was invaluable to me during the course of my divorce proceedings. She brought a great depth of knowledge and experience to my case and I feel it was her skill and dedication that resulted in a much better result than I thought I was going to achieve. Sheryl was very supportive of me from my first interview with her through the conclusion of the case. Sheryl also provided valuable references of people for me to contact when beginning this new phase of my life. I recommend Sheryl very highly and consider myself very lucky in having had her referred to me when I needed a divorce attorney.

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