Cheryl E. Connors

Cheryl E. Connors ProfileBar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2005
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Background

Cheryl E. Connors is a partner of Tonneman & Connors, LLC.  Ms. Connors focuses her practice exclusively in the area of family law.  She is dedicated to achieving fair and equitable results for her clients taking into account her clients’ priorities and needs.  As a qualified mediator pursuant to Rule 1:40 and a collaboratively-trained attorney, she takes a client-centered and holistic approach to her cases.  Having handled cases ranging from complex, high-net worth matters to high-conflict custody matters to amicable and uncontested matters, Ms. Connors understands the unique challenges faced by clients in family law matters and the need to strategize with her clients to select the most appropriate and effective process given the client’s particular circumstances.

Ms. Connors concentrates on issues of divorce, child custody, visitation/parenting time, child support, equitable distribution, alimony, palimony, paternity, domestic violence, prenuptial agreements, appeals, mediation and collaborative divorce.  Taking an active role in multiple organizations, Ms. Connors is a member of the Family Law Executive Committee, the Family Law Section and the Solo and Small Firm Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.  Ms. Connors serves as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Family Practice Committee for the 2017-2019 term.  In 2016, Ms. Connors appeared before the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association in the matter of In re Adoption of a Child by J.E.V.  She is also a member of the Middlesex County Bar Association, Monmouth Bar Association, Collaborative Divorce Professionals of New Jersey, and New Jersey Association of Justice. Ms. Connors serves as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist in Middlesex County, an Intensive Settlement Panelist in Monmouth County and as an Associate Editor on the New Jersey Family Lawyer.  Ms. Connors has received recognition from her peers as she was selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Super Lawyers®-Rising Stars list in 2011-2017 and received the Martin S. Goldin Family Law Award in 2013 from the Middlesex County Bar Association.

Before forming Tonneman & Connors, LLC, Ms. Connors served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey from 2005-2006 and then commenced private practice focusing exclusively on family law matters. She graduated from Cornell University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000, with distinction in all subjects, and from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2005, magna cum laude. While attending Seton Hall University School of Law, Ms. Connors received a full scholarship as a Law Chancellor Scholar, was a senior member of the Seton Hall Law Review and received the Raymond del Tufo, Jr. Award.

Articles and Seminars

Ms. Connors is a frequent author and lecturer on the topic of family law:

  • “Is the New Alimony Statute Applicable to Cases in the Pipeline?” co-authored by Cheryl E. Connors, Esq. and Charles F. Vuotto, Jr., Esq., which was published in the New Jersey Family Lawyer in 2016
  • “Guaranteed Employment and Relocation: Is It Time To Reexamine New Jersey’s BauresStandard?” by Cheryl E. Connors, Esq., which was published in the New Jersey Family Lawyer in 2013
  • “A Balancing Act: The Extent to Which a Stepparent Should Be Held Responsible for a Stepchild’s Post-Divorce Support” by Cheryl E. Connors, Esq., which was published in the New Jersey Family Lawyer in 2011
  • “Practical Guide to Name Changes” co-authored by Cheryl E. Connors, Esq. and Rebecka Whitmarsh, Esq., which was published in the New Jersey Law Journal in 2009
  • “Major Factors to Consider When Distributing Real Estate in Divorce” co-authored by Charles F. Vuotto, Esq. and Cheryl E. Connors, Esq., which was presented at the annual Family Law Symposium in 2008
  • Divorce Magazine’s Frequently Asked Questions feature
  • NJSBA Family Law Symposium, “Alimony: Exceptional Circumstances, Cohabitation and Retirement”, 2018
  • NJICLE, “Child Custody Seminar”, 2017
  • NJSBA Annual Meeting, “Legislative Update” regarding college contribution bill”, 2016
  • NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar, “Litigating Grandparents Visitation Cases and Third Party Custody and Visitation Claims in the Family Part”, 2016
  • NJICLE, “Unmasking Fraud in Matrimonial Litigation”, 2015
  • NJICLE, “Hot Tips” Seminar, “Collaborative Law Agreement”, 2015
  • NJICLE, “Hot Tips” Seminar at the Family Law Retreat, “Collaborative Law Act,” 2015
  • NJICLE, “Hot Tips in Family Law” Seminar, “Provisions for Matrimonial Settlement Agreements,” 2014
  • NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar, “Imputation of Income in Alimony Awards,” 2014
  • NJICLE, “Hot Tips in Family Law” Seminar, “Stepparents Post-Divorce Responsibilities,” 2013
  • Middlesex Regional Chamber of Commerce, “Women in Transition,” 2012
  • Annual Wilentz Family Law Digest Seminar presented to Middlesex, Union and Somerset County Bar Associations, 2008-2015
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