NJ Experienced Family Law Attorney

C. Romanowski

Curtis J. Romanowski, Esq.

Principal / Founder


Curtis J. Romanowski limits his practice to divorce law, matrimonial law, child custody law, family law, LGBT law, domestic violence law, and divorce mediation. A former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and U.S. Navy JAG Corps Officer with experience conducting complex trials dating back to 1980, Romanowski has consistently been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers from 2005 to 2015. He was recently trusted as plaintiff’s attorney with one of the biggest divorces in New Jersey history, involving a marital estate in excess of $300,000,000.00. With the Honorable Robert A. Fall, J.A.D. (Ret.), he is co-author of the legal treatise, New Jersey Family Law – Volume I: Relationships Involving Children, Gann Law Books Publishing, 2014.

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, he 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 New Jersey divorce, child custody & parenting disputes. Concerning his noted work in alternate dispute resolution, New Jersey Lawyer has recognized him as a “divorce mediation expert.” 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, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New Jersey Association for Justice, Association of Family & Conciliation Courts, as well as various County Bar Associations, 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. 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.

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 of the State of New Jersey named Romanowski as one of only five non-mental health professional attorneys approved as NJ parenting coordinators. Including mental health professionals, only 14 approved professionals made the original roster. At that time, he was the only NJ parenting coordinator approved in Middlesex County. He is a Blue Ribbon Matrimonial Early Settlement Program Panelist, NJ Divorce & Custody Mediator, Counsel for Children, Guardian Ad Litem, Parenting Coordinator, Collaborative Law Attorney, and Divorce Arbitrator.

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, and 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 study of personality types 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, as well as interviewing techniques to hundreds of mental health professionals from all over the country.

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.

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