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

Disputes Over Treatment and Therapies for Special Needs Children

For co-parents of a child with special needs, it is not uncommon to disagree about decisions related to particular treatments and therapies for their child. There are also times when parents are unable to agree about the nature of a child’s disability and its effect, or lack thereof, on the child’s daily life.

Why Using the Our Family Wizard Calendar Can Help Co-Parent Better

Raising children with someone you are no longer in a relationship with will require the coordination of multiple schedules, including both parents and the child(ren). Each parent’s schedule likely includes job-related responsibilities, vacations, birthdays, family gatherings, extracurricular activities, etc., and it is expected that each parent will want to include the child(ren) in many,

Can I continue to get child support if our special needs child has reached adulthood?

If you are co-parenting a child with special needs, you may be wondering what will happen when your child becomes an adult. If you continue to care for your special needs child through adulthood, does the other parent still have to contribute financially? In short, it depends.

In February 2017 a new child support law went into effect that automatically terminates child support when the child turns 19,