New Jersey Family Law and Divorce Lawyer


Joanna graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in 2006, and graduated with honors from the Seattle University School of Law in 2016. While in law school, Joanna served as a judicial clerk for The Honorable Theresa M. Pouley, the now-retired Chief Judge of the Tulalip Tribal Court. Joanna also published an article that analyzed how tribal domestic violence convictions could potentially be used in subsequent federal criminal proceedings.

Prior to joining Lyons & Associates, P.C., Joanna had the honor of working as an appellate law clerk for the Honorable Susan L. Reisner, P.J.A.D. In her clerkship, Joanna reviewed, analyzed, and recommended outcomes for appeals of various family matters including DCPP related abuse and neglect and/or termination of parental rights cases, child support, and domestic violence.

Joanna is admitted to practice in New Jersey. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, Asian Pacific Lawyers Association of New Jersey, and Garden State Bar Association.


Articles Written by Joanna R. Adu

Addressing a Child’s Special Needs in Child Support Proceedings

In a report issued this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the rate of children diagnosed with autism has increased nationally from 1 in 68 in 2016 to 1 in 59. See New Jersey Autism Prevalence Rate Rises to 1 in 34, Autism NJ,

Parallel Parenting: Parenting Arrangements for High Conflict Situations

What can you do when you and your ex are unable to be in same room together, but you share children? Sometimes, despite our best efforts, interaction with an ex is the equivalent of oil and water: the two simply do not mix. However, finding yourself in this situation does not mean that both parents cannot remain actively involved in their children’s lives.

What is a Divorce from Bed and Board?

There may be times when pursuing an absolute divorce may not the best choice for a couple. For example, when a couple decides that they wish to live separate lives, but are not ready to proceed with a divorce. In such a situation, the parties may find that a divorce from bed and board accomplishes their shared goal of separating their respective lives,