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Andrew M Shaw

Andrew M Shaw

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Andrew M. Shaw, Esq. is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a former board member of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, where he published. Andrew served as both a legal intern to Justice Helen Hoens of the New Jersey Supreme Court and as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Margaret Goodzeit, P.J.F.P.; the Hon. Anthony F. Picheca, Jr., J.S.C.; and the Hon. Michael F. O’Neill, J.S.C., in the Somerset County Family Part.

Between 2015 and 2018, Andrew has published four articles on issues relating to family law in the New Jersey Law Journal, including: (1) Alimony Reform, Cohabitation, and the Untimely Death of the Economic Needs Test; (2) ‘Kozlov’ Test for Piercing Privileges is Alive and Well, which was subsequently republished in the American Bar Association’s Minority Trial Lawyer newsletter; (3) Unintended Consequences: Alimony Reform and Lifestyle Equalization; and most recently (4) Premarital Cohabitation and Duration of Alimony under the Amended Statute.

Andrew is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association as well as the NJSBA’s Young Lawyers Division and Family Law Section. He is also a member of the Somerset County Bar Association and the SCBA’s Somerset County Family Law Practice Committee.

Andrew serves as an Executive Board Member of Town Clock Community Development Corporation, which owns and operates Dina’s Dwellings, a residential facility exclusively providing long-term housing to victims of domestic violence.

Andrew is rated 10/10 by, 10/10 by, and he was selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list as a “Rising Star” for 2018 and 2019.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
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Federal Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
Shaw Divorce & Family Law LLC
- Current
DeTommaso Law Group
Judicial Law Clerk
Superior Court of New Jersey
Georgetown University
J.D. | Law
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Rising Star
New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine
Rising Star
New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine
Professional Associations
NJSBA - Young Lawyers Division
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NJSBA - Family Law Section
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New Jersey State Bar  # 091632015
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Articles & Publications
Premarital Cohabitation and Duration of Alimony Under the Amended Statute
New Jersey Law Journal
Unintended Consequences: Alimony Reform and Lifestyle Equalization
New Jersey Law Journal
The Kozlov Test for Piercing Privileges Is Alive and Well (republished)
Minority Trial Lawyer
‘Kozlov’ Test for Piercing Privileges is Alive and Well
New Jersey Law Journal
Alimony Reform, Cohabitation and the Untimely Death of the Economic Needs Test
New Jersey Law Journal
Our Duty in Light of the Law's Irrelevance
Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy
Websites & Blogs
Shaw Divorce & Family Law LLC
Legal Answers
8 Questions Answered

Q. I want to know if the father does not sign the birth certificate, do they have any parental rights?
A: Yes, if that person can establish he is the father of the child, it is not relevant whether he signed the birth certificate; he will have parental rights (and obligations, for that matter).
Q. I have an asset overseas... is that part of any divorce settlement?
A: It depends on when and how you acquired that asset, but in most circumstances, the answer is yes.Generally, all property acquired during the marriage is subject to equitable distribution regardless of its location. There are, however, some exceptions. For example, property acquired before the wedding ceremony or after the complaint was filed is generally excluded. Likewise, property acquired by gift to from a third party to an individual spouse is generally excluded. Property acquired by inheritance is generally excluded. I could go on, but this issue deserves thorough investigation during a free consultation, which many of the lawyers here on Justia will provide (including me).
Q. Can G4 visa holders file for divorce in NJ.
A: Yes, absolutely. The fact that you reside in the United States under a G4 visa has no impact on the jurisdiction of the State of New Jersey to grant a judgment of divorce. Generally, the sole requirement for jurisdiction over a divorce in New Jersey is residency for a period of one year. Specifically, N.J.S.A. 2A:34-10 provides that "[j]urisdiction in actions for divorce ... may be acquired when ... at the time the cause of action arose, either party was a bona fide resident of this State, and has continued so to be down to the time of the commencement of the action; except that no action for absolute divorce ... shall be commenced for any cause other than adultery, unless one of the parties has been for the 1 year next preceding the commencement of the action a bona fide resident of this State[.]" Additionally, as identified in that statute, please note that judgments of divorce based on adultery do not require one year of residency. Most divorces, however, proceed based on irreconcilable differences and therefore require that either you or she has been a resident of New Jersey for at least one year. If you choose to file for divorce, I strongly recommend retaining a qualified attorney. Strategic and aggressive counsel will help to maximize your odds of success on critical issues including custody, child support, alimony, and division of property. Please contact one of the lawyers here on Justia. Many of us would be happy to sit down with you free of charge to explore the facts, explain the law, and address the likely timeline, costs, and range of possible outcomes. Whether you reach out to me or to another attorney, I wish you the best of luck.
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Shaw Divorce & Family Law LLC
11 East Cliff Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
Telephone: (908) 516-8689
Fax: (908) 231-8448
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