Emerald Sheay

Emerald Sheay

  • Divorce, Animal & Dog Law, Employment Law
  • New Jersey
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Biography

Emerald concentrates her practice in defense matters and animal law-related litigation. Emerald currently sits as a member of the Animal Law Committee for the New Jersey Bar Association, and is a contributing attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Practice Areas
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Animal & Dog Law
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination
Additional Practice Area
  • General Litigation
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Jersey
New Jersey Courts
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Education
Seton Hall University School of Law
J.D.
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Rowan University
B.A.
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Awards
Student Scholarship - New Jersey
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Professional Associations
New Jersey State Bar Association
Member
Current
Activities: Animal Law Committee.
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Transformative Leadership in Disruptive Times Program
Advisory Board Member
Current
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NJ LEEP Program
Attorney Mentor
Current
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Animal Legal Defense Fund
Pro Bono Attorney
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Empathy Sparks Innovation
NJ Law Journal
Back N.J. bill that lets pets have lawyers in cruelty cases
Star Ledger
People Who Hurt Animals Don't Stop with Animals: The Use of Cross-Checking Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse Registries in New Jersey to Protect the Vulnerable
Animal Law 26, no. 2 (2020): 445-474
Grieving during a time with COVID-19 has “turned into a nightmare”
Star-Ledger Guest Columnist
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered
Q. my fiances mother fostered our dogs without consent and is withholding their whereabouts information, is this illegal?
A: I'm sorry to hear you are experiencing this. As animals are still considered "property", this appears to be theft of your dogs by your fiancé's mother. But, typically disputes over pets are treated as a "civil" dispute, however, which is why the police do not want to get involved. As the police suggested, you can file a complaint in court asking for the return of your dogs. You should check the rules in your state on where to bring this claim - sometimes it is tricky to find where to file. Once you have obtained a court order stating the dogs must be returned to you, you can contact the police for their assistance.
Q. My spouse has a no contact order against me. Can I send my in-laws a gift for their wedding?
A: Generally this would not violate a restraining Order, but you should very carefully review the terms of the no contact Order. While this action may not typically violate a restraining Order, it may not be prudent to reach out to her family while this restraint is in place.
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Westfield, NJ, USA