Impact of Culture and Religion on Divorce and DV
Date: Nov 13, 2023 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Member Price: $140
Non-Member Price: $175
Areas of Law: Criminal Law, Family
Earn up to 2.4 credits, including 1.0 in Diversity! (More Information)
- Sheryl J. Seiden, Esq.
- Seiden Family Law, LLC, Cranfordis the founding Partner of Seiden Family Law, LLC in Cranford, New Jersey. She is a seasoned matrimonial lawyer, having practiced family law exclusively since January 2000. Prior to forming Seiden Family Law, Ms. Seiden was a Partner at a boutique law firm in Summit, where she practiced family law for thirteen years.
Admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, Ms. Seiden is Past Chair of the Family Law Section Executive Committee (“FLEC”) of the New Jersey State Bar Association and a Trustee of the Association. She is a past Co-Chair of the Young Lawyer Family Law Subcommittee for FLEC, and has been a member of FLEC since 2008. An officer and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers– New Jersey Chapter (“AAML-NJ”), Ms. Seiden has served on the Board of Managers for several years and is slated to be sworn in as the President of AAML-NJ in June 2024. She is also a member of the Union and Essex County Bar Associations. In November 2014 Ms. Seiden argued as amicus curiae for AAML in Gnall v Gnall before the Supreme Court of New Jersey. She has been 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.
Ms. Seiden has moderated and spoken on many panels for the Family Law Symposium on topics involving creative support awards, child support, emancipation and special needs trusts, alimony issues, legislative issues affecting family law, and reexamining relocation laws. She has also been a speaker at the Friday night program for the Family Law Symposium on several occasions. Ms. Seiden is co-author of Marriage, Divorce and Dissolution (Gann Publishing, 2019, now in its 3rd Edition). She often lectures and educates junior lawyers and paralegals on how to prepare Case Information Statements, and has also lectured on the relocation laws in New Jersey as well as parental alienation.
Ms. Seiden received her B.A., cum laude, from American University and is a magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School, where she served as the Managing Editor of the New York Law School Law Review.
- Ehsan F. Chowdhry, Esq., LLM
- E F Chowdhry Law Practice, LLC, Neptune
- Christopher J. Fusco, Esq.
- Diocese of Metuchen, Metuchen
- Anthony P. Kearns, III, Esq.
- Diocese of Metuchen, Piscataway
- Krista Rue, Esq.
- John Rue & Associates, LLC, Princeton
Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Family Law Section
New Jersey is a diverse state which means that your clients are also diverse, from many religious and cultural backgrounds. No where do religion and culture have a great impact than in family law issues. Marriages are almost always influenced by cultural norms and values and therefore, so are divorces.
Religion and culture not only influence someone’s decision to get a divorce or file for custody, but they also influence their expectations in the legal process, and their interpersonal relationships within their communities. In order to properly represent your clients, it is vital that you understand the large role that a client’s ethnic, culture or religious background plays in their life during this especially trying time.
Register today to hear a thorough comparison of black-letter law with the realities of daily life for your clients, opening a window into their lives and enabling you to become a better advocate, advisor and litigator.
- The role of husband and wife in a family;
- Attitudes and religious laws concerning divorce;
- Pre-marital agreements and issues;
- The various types of religious processes, including annulments (Catholic), gets (Jewish) and talaq (Muslim);
- Child Custody issues – religion, holidays, schooling;
- Child support;
- Foreign divorce judgments;
- Visitation issues; and
- Issues that arise from arranged marriages.