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Linda A. Schofel, Newman, McDonough, Schofel & Giger, P.C.

Linda A. Schofel 


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Linda A. Schofel
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Cathleen G. McDonough was recognized by Super Lawyers for the years 2007-2015.
for the years
Linda Schofel has enjoyed more than 22 years as an attorney working with Gary Newman in family law, including more than 15 years as a partner.  She has Master’s Degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling and Social Work.  Ms. Schofel is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is collaboratively trained.  Her background, training and experience in individual, group and family therapy together with her degree in law led her to service as a family and divorce mediator.  Out of her dual background, she has developed an award winning reputation as a fair, patient, thoughtful and resourceful parenting coordinator and guardian ad litem for children and adults.

 Ms. Schofel  has been working with the courts in matters pertaining to families and children in various capacities since 1973 including serving as a court appointed therapist and forensic social worker, as well as directing the Adolescent Assessment Team at the District Court in Somerville, Massachusetts. She also maintained a private therapy practice.  Ms. Schofel’s  level and scope of achievement has resulted in appointments from judges in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union County Superior Courts to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem and/or as a Parent Coordinator where she has served with distinction.  She has appeared in court on numerous occasions, including an argument before the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Among her many honors, Ms. Schofel has been included by Super Lawyers for the years 2007 through 2015.  In 2009, she was named as among the top 50 New Jersey women attorneys.  Her expertise has also been recognized by numerous invitations to speak on matters pertaining to parenting law, including appearances as a:
  • Guest Speaker at numerous ICLE Seminars from 2005 to the present, including, in 2015, “Handling Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Part Cases”;
  • Guest Speaker at Middlesex County Bar Association April 2014, “The Role of Guardian ad litem and Role of Parenting Coordinator”;
  • Guest speaker at New Jersey Association for Justice-Meadowlands conference November 2013, “The Role of Guardian ad litem and Role of Parenting Coordinator in High Conflict Divorces”; and numerous other speaking engagements at seminars, symposiums, county bar association meetings and on radio and television.
  • Ms. Schofel has also written extensively on the subject of parenting and the law. Among her articles: 
  • The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem”- Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) 2005 and Essex County Bar Association Chronicle, Vol. XXXI, Issue I, Summer/Fall 2007 and Vol. XXXI, Issue I, Spring 2008.
  • “The Role of the Parenting Coordinator”- ICLE (2008) and New Jersey Family Lawyer, July 2010.

Among her professional associations, Linda Schofel is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Essex County Bar, a member of the Essex County and Morris County Early Settlement Panels, a director in the New Jersey chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, as well as a member of the New Jersey and American Bar Associations.


Practice Areas

Family law
Parenting time
Parenting coordination
Guardian ad litem


New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, 1992


Rutgers University, J.D., with honors, 1992
Ohio State University, B.S., 1970
Boston University (M.S., 1974 M.S.W., 1981)


Selected for inclusion to New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2007 through 2015

Biographical Details

Recipient, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Award

She has earned a BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® listing for her professionalism and ethics.
The attorneys at Newman, McDonough, Schofel & Giger, P.C. serve clients in Roseland and throughout New Jersey, including Bergen, Union, Morris, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, Hudson, Passaic and Essex Counties.

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Newman, McDonough, Schofel & Giger, P.C.
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Roseland, New Jersey 07068-1032


Areas of Law

Divorce/dissolution of marriage       
Child custody
Parenting time/Visitation    
Modification of custody

Parenting coordination
Guardian ad litem

Child support

Alimony/spousal support
Voluntary Retirement
Involuntary termination of employment

Equitable distribution of assets 

Marital Settlement Agreements

Family Law Appeals

Premarital/Prenuptial Agreements

Post-Nuptial Agreements


Grandparent visitation

Non-dissolution matters
Civil Unions

Domestic violence matters

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Collaborative Law