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Curtis J. Romanowski

Divorce and Family Lawyer
Romanowski Law Offices
Tinton Falls, NJ
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NJ Divorce Lawyers / NJ Family Law Attorneys / NJ Child Custody Lawyers / NJ Matrimonial Law Attorneys / NJ Domestic Violence Lawyers / NJ LGBT Attorneys. With offices in Tinton Falls, Monmouth County, East Brunswick, Middlesex County, and Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey divorce, child custody, matrimonial law, family law, domestic violence & LGBT attorney Curtis J. Romanowski is co-author with the Honorable Robert A. Fall, J.A.D. of the multi-volume treatises, New Jersey Family Law – Volume I: Relationships Involving Children, Gann Law Books Publishing, 2014, and New Jersey Family Law – Child Custody, Protection & Support, Gann Law Books Publishing, 2015 - 2019.  He is cited as authoritative in Family Law over 350 times in the 2015 - 2019 Editions of the Rules Governing The Courts of the State of New Jersey.

A former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and U.S. Navy JAG Corps Officer with experience conducting complex trials dating back to 1980, and serving on the Navy’s Domestic Violence Committee, Romanowski has been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers from 2005 to 2019. 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. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Only 5% of New Jersey attorneys are included in the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers.


Romanowski has also been selected as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation. He has likewise been given the prestigious honor of being named “TOP 10” in New Jersey by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. The very few attorneys (less than 1%) that make the list have demonstrated an extraordinary amount of knowledge, skill, experience, expertise and success in their practice of family law. 

Trusted as an authority on trial and settlement strategies for complex divorce, child custody & LGBT cases, New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Romanowski was entrusted with one of the biggest divorces in New Jersey history, involving a $320,000,000.00 plus marital estate. 

An experienced and commanding trial attorney, widely known for his scholarship in family law and mastery of the rules and application of the laws of evidence, New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Romanowski has served on the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice (formerly NJ-ATLA), and on the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Executive Committee. As Chairman of New Jersey’s Collaborative Family Institute, he is dedicated to the positive transformation of divorce, child custody and parenting disputes. He has taught college courses in Family Law and Law Office Management, and is a Member of the American Society of Trial Consultants.


A frequent lecturer, seminar developer and moderator for Gann Legal Education Foundation, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education - NJICLEAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - AAMLNew Jersey Association for Justice - NJAJ, Association of Family & Conciliation Courts AFCC, as well as various County Bar Associations, New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Romanowski is also a Master of the Bench to the Ocean-Monmouth Family Law Inns of Court. A long-standing child custody and economic mediator, he is also regularly Court-appointed to mediate General Equity Part cases. New Jersey Lawyer has recognized him as a “divorce mediation expert.” His professional advice columns include “Persuasion,” a monthly column formerly published in NJ Esq. and “The Progressive Lawyer,” regularly appearing in The Matrimonial Strategist, where he is also a Member of the Board of Editors.


New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Romanowski is credited as co-founder of the Collaborative Divorce concept. Progressive® Divorce – a staged or incremental approach to family law – is his proprietary, next step solution to Collaborative Law. On May 26, 2006, he addressed the New Jersey Supreme Court, advancing his thoughts and suggestions on parenting coordinators in New Jersey. In July 2007, the Administrative Office of the Courts named him as one of only five non-mental health professionals originally approved as parenting coordinators. He is a Blue Ribbon Matrimonial Early Settlement Program Panelist, Counsel for Children, Guardian Ad Litem, Parenting Coordinator and Arbitrator.


New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Romanowski received his J.D. from Ohio Northern University, where he was a Teaching Assistant in Evidence. He did post-graduate work at the University of Hawaii and Chaminade University, and holds certifications in clinical hypnosis, deception detection, advanced interviewing and interrogation technique. He was personally granted Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certification and later awarded Advanced Competency Certification by Otto Kroeger, Ph.D., a giant in the field of Personality Type and best-selling author of many bedrock books in the field. He was certified as Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming by NLP co-founder John Grinder, Ph.D., and was formerly a Principle of the Kansas City NLP Institute, where he taught psycholinguistics, Ericksonian hypnosis and interviewing technique to hundreds of mental health professionals from all over the country. He was certified as a domestic violence counsellor by Rhea Almeida, Ph.D., LCSW, of The Family Institute (later, The Institute for Family Services).


New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Romanowski was also certified in Couple Communication™ by Sherod Miller, Ph.D., a noted innovator, expert, author and master teacher in interpersonal communication and team development, specializing in providing practical tools and skills for increasing the capacity to handle complexity. Articles on his work have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, and Psychology Today. He has also appeared on the Today Show, served as a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and received four national awards for his teaching and research.


New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Romanowski is fully versed, with ample knowledge and experience in skill areas such as Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Contested Divorce, Divorce Modifications, Domestic Violence, Family Law, High-Asset Divorce, LGBT Law, Marriage / Prenuptials, Mediation, Parental Rights, Postnuptial Agreements, Property Settlement and Division, Protection and Restraining Orders, Settlement Agreements, Visitation, and Uncontested Divorce. He also handles cases where the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP; formerly DYFS) is involved.


For nearly 40 years, New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Romanowski has provided intensive training programs and consultation including divorce, child custody, family law, psychological type and temperament, conflict negotiation, couple communication, collaborative divorce, divorce and child custody mediation, relationship psychology, interviewing and interrogation technique, and deception detection. In his capacity as Technical Advisor, Romanowski also helped develop New Jersey’s FamilySoft® Calculator, a computer program used to calculate child support & produce essential legal documents. While serving as Director of the Negotiation Project for the Center for Bargaining Research, his top-rated advanced negotiation training program, “The Master Course,” comprised one of the leading bargaining and negotiation programs of its kind, geared to attorneys, politicians and corporate executives.

Practice Areas

Divorce (55%)
Child Custody / Visitation (20%)
Family Law (20%)
Domestic Violence (5%)



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Résumé - Curtis J. Romanowski

Bar Licenses

New Jersey State Bar
New Jersey
Member in Good Standing

Ohio State Bar
Inactive Member

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Work Experience

Romanowski Law Offices
Romanowski Law Offices

Collaborative Family Institute, LLC

Raritan Valley Community College
Family Law Instructor

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Ohio Northern University
Ohio Northern University
Juris Doctor

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
BS - Bachelor of Science

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Former Board of Governors
New Jersey Association for Justice

Reid Institute

American Society of Trial Consultants

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Curtis J. Romanowski
Romanowski Law Offices
55 Gilbert Street North THE ATRIUM
Tinton Falls, NJ 07701
Office: 732-603-8585

Secondary Address:
7 Auer Court
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

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