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Cheryl M. Spilka, Esq. Seasoned Mediation Professional

Cheryl M. Spilka

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Cheryl M. Spilka has been dedicated to the exclusive practice of Divorce and Family Law for over 25 years. She is a Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney and is a Qualified Mediator pursuant to R. 1:40. Ms. Spilka understands that going through a Divorce or Family Law matter is extremely emotional and challenging. Her compassion and dedication to her clients is unparalleled and allows her to provide zealous and knowledgeable legal advice in the most difficult of cases.

As a result of Ms. Spilka’s commitment to her clients she has been recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyer list by New Jersey Super Lawyers® every year from 2005.* In 2005 she was the recipient of the prestigious Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award. In 2019 Ms. Spilka was once again honored and received the coveted Edward Schoifet Family Law Award. Ms. Spilka is the only attorney in the history of the Middlesex County Bar Association to receive both the Goldin and the Schoifet Family Law Awards. She has an AV® Distinguished Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, which is an honor bestowed upon only a small percentage of attorneys.

In addition to the honors and accolades listed above Ms. Spilka was a law clerk to the Hon. Joyce E. Munkacsi and served on the New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee VIII from 1999 – 2016. Since 1993, Ms. Spilka has also volunteered her time as a panelist attorney for the Early Settlement Program and Blue Ribbon Early Settlement Program. Ms. Spilka is also frequently appointed by the Court as a Divorce Mediator and is listed on the qualified mediator list.

Ms. Spilka is a member of Middlesex County Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She proudly serves clients throughout New Jersey including, but not limited to, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, and Union Counties.

Areas of Practice

  • Matrimonial law
  • Family law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Alimony
  • Visitation rights
  • Child Support
  • Step parent adoptions
  • Domestic violence
  • Family law mediation
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Divorce Arbitration
  • Post-Divorce Modification
  • Collaborative Divorce

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1991

Certifications

  • Certified Matrimonial Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1998–present
  • Qualified Family Law Mediator

Honors

  • Recipient, Edward Schoifet Family Law Award, 2019
  • AV® Distinguished Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Recipient, Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award, 2005
  • New Jersey Monthly "New Jersey Super Lawyer," 2005- present

Education

  • Seton Hall University, J.D.
  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, M.S.
  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, B.A., cum laude

Professional Associations

  • Middlesex County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Other Biographical Details

  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Joyce E. Munkacsi, Superior Court, New Jersey
  • New Jersey Supreme Court District Ethics Committee VIII, 1999–2016
  • Early Settlement Program Panelist and Blue Ribbon Early Settlement Panelist, 1993–present
  • Middlesex County Family Part Court House Committee
  • Barrister, Joseph Halpern American Inns of Court
  • New Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance
*Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less. No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court.

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Real Reviews From Previous Clients

  • Short, Sweet and Thankful

    “All I have to say is this, Elizabeth is an exceptional Lawyer, and in the field of Law, I can tell you she is a game-changer, I came to her in dire need to help me obtain my Daughter through emergency circumstances, the timing was urgent, and in a matter of hours she was able to accomplish custody of my daughter, she had only 2 hours to prepare for our hearing. That's all she needed, as sharp as she is, surprised it took her that long, Ha. This is a person that reminded me that there is a lot of good in this world. If anyone were to read this, I want to assure you that she will exhaust every opportunity and resource to get the job done accordingly. I would highly, HIGHLY, recommend her to anyone in need of Professional. Job Well Done Elizabeth, Zoë and I are very thankful.”

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    “Professional and absolutely down to earth, Mrs Rosin-Golinder and her knowledgeable staff listened to my needs and crafted a prenuptial agreement that will not only act as a safety net for my business but as piece of mind if thing don’t go as planned. With my first marriage around the corner, my first child on the way and preparing for my first mobilization , it was an amazing feeling to have something I feared and was very very uncertain of, turn out for the best. Thank you is most certainly an understatement but for the sake of expression..... THANK YOU. You definitely have a client for life. Two thumbs up LIZ!!!”

    Anthony R.

  • Exceptional Attorney

    “Elizabeth has been representing our family for over a year now in a very sad and complicated custody case that involves the protection of my step daugter. It was a case where the original custody was out of another state. From the day we retained her she's been a godsend. Her motions and arguments reflect the personal interest she takes in every client. She's direct, honest, and very realistic. She's taken us through the temporary emergency custody process...the permanent custody process...and now the child support and contested custody process. She was instrumental in getting the jurisdiction of the child's custody granted to NJ. She has always prepared us for the worst yet we walked out with what we needed to happen each and every time. She's still fighting for this child through this last phase. Elizabeth is a true child advocate it's been apparent since day one. You never know what judges are going to decide but Elizabeth knows the laws, she knows the court room game, she develops a strategy and in my family's eyes she's a top notch attorney. I know one day soon she will climb to the ranks of one of the most powerful family attorneys in this state if she isn't alreay there. She's aggressive, smart, honest and a true talent at what she does.”

    Lynette D.

  • Very Highly Competent, Excellent, Compassionate, NJ's Top Attorney

    “I retained her after reading online reviews about her and I am so glad I believed it. I read other client comments and I truly agree with them she is an Exceptional attorney who has helped me to get my kids back to NJ, then got my TRO dismissed in a full blown FRO trial and represented me in my divorce case too. My case was extensively litigious and very volatile. The way Elizabeth handled it was TERRIFIC. She is one of the Attorneys who does not want unnecessary litigation unless the opposing party doesn't want to settle and keeps litigating and we had to go through it. She knows the LAW and very often she is able to read the Judge's mind which I have witnessed in the court order.”

    Pranav G.

  • Amazing Lawyer!!!

    “Elizabeth was amazing from the very beginning of my divorce process. She not only was clear and prompt in all communication, but also connected with me on a personal level where I felt very comfortable going into all details of my divorce and the reasons why I was getting divorced. I whole heartily recommend her and her team. Not only did she help me through the process, but did so within 4 months! I met her in March and was divorced by June! Thank you so much Liz, you are truly an exceptional lawyer!!”

    Shirley G.