Attorney Profile

Ms. Leland was Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward V. Torack, Bergen County Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part, handling pre-dissolution and post-judgment matrimonial matters and clerked for the State of New Jersey’s Office of the Attorney General, Division of Youth and Family Services.

Prior to opening Leland Law Firm, LLC, Mary Jane Leland was an associate at the Law Office of Sharon Rivenson Mark, P.C. in Jersey City. She handled family law matters including adult adoption. She also represented clients in guardianship petitions and handled the preparation of Medicaid applications to fund the cost of long term care in a nursing home. Ms. Leland is frequently appointed by Hudson, Bergen, and Monmouth Counties as attorney for alleged incapacitated persons and alleged vulnerable adults.

During law school, Ms. Leland served as Law Clerk to Corporate Counsel at CentraState Medical Center, served as an intern at the Office of the Public Defender, Monmouth Region and served as student attorney at the Rutgers Disabilities Law Project Pro Bono Clinic and the Rutgers Domestic Violence Clinic.

Prior to law school, Mary Jane was an executive associate for the State of New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission advocating for full time rehabilitation for juveniles with addictions.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Education

  • Rutgers School of Law-Camden, J.D.
  • Ithaca College, B.A. in Psychology

Professional Associations and Memberships

Practice Areas

Family and Divorce Law

Family Law

Mary Jane Leland represents individuals and families in the following areas:

  • Adoption by Step-parent
  • Adult Adoption
  • Child Custody and Parenting Time
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Mother's and Father's Rights
  • Paternity Rights
  • Removal of Children from State by Parent
  • Spousal and Child Support
  • Uncontested Divorce

Divorce

Grounds for Divorce in New Jersey include irreconcilable differences, added by the New Jersey legislature in 2007. Persons may file for divorce without having to allege wrongdoing. This helps minimize each blaming the other for the break up and can reduce tension in an already tense situation.

Domestic Violence

Legal Services of New Jersey provides a useful guide for victims of domestic violence.

Grandparents Rights

New Jersey Statute 9:2-7.1 provides grandparents living in New Jersey with the right to seek an order for visitation rights with their grandchildren. In filing an application with the court to establish this visitation, the burden falls upon the grandparent to "prove by a preponderance of the evidence" that such visitation is in the best interests of the child. If the petitioning grandparent has been a full-time caretaker for the child, it is presumed that visitation is in the child's best interest and the court then looks to the other statutory factors. The statute lists eight factors for the court to consider in reaching its decision.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 in 2000.

Mother's and Father's Rights

Parents' Rights: Courts recognize constitutional parental liberty interests. This comes with the presumption that "natural bonds of affection lead parents to act in the best interests of their children." See Parham v. J.R., 442 U.S. 584, 602 (1979). The Court is consistent in recognizing these interests but these interests are not without limits. See Lehr v. Robertson, 463 U.S. 248 (1983).

Paternity Rights

New Jersey Statute 9:17-40 provides that the parent and child relationship extends equally to every child and to every parent, regardless of the marital status of the parents.

Guardianships

Mary Jane Leland is a former associate of the Law Office of Sharon Rivenson Mark, P.C. of Jersey City, New Jersey where she handled elder law matters including guardianships and conservatorships. Mary Jane is regularly appointed by the Court to act as counsel for alleged incapacitated individuals and alleged vulnerable adults.

Mary Jane Leland represents individuals and families in the following guardianship actions at reasonable cost:

  • Petitions for Guardianship
  • Children Petitioning for Guardianship of Elderly Parents
  • Parents Petitioning for Guardianship of Mentally Disabled Children Turning Age of Majority
  • Drafting Documents
  • General Durable Power of Attorney
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney

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Contact Information

Mary Jane Leland, Esq.

Leland Law Firm, LLC
Ellis Law Center
87 South Street
Freehold, New Jersey 07728

Phone: (732) 409-7777
Fax: (732) 409-7772
mjleland@lelandlawfirm.com

Leland Law Firm, LLC accepts Visa, MC, Discover, and American Express.

The firm is in Freehold, New Jersey, the Monmouth County seat. It is located at the Ellis Law Center on South Street (Route 79 South) in downtown Freehold.