Jodi (“Jo”) Argentino is a Principal with Offit Kurman's NJ/NY Family Law Practice. Prior to joining Offit Kurman, Jo was a founding Partner of Argentino Fiore Law & Advocacy, LLC. Jo’s practice is focused on complex areas of Family Law and related matters.
Jo received her JD from Syracuse University College of Law in 2002, and began her legal practice as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Deanne M. Wilson, J.S.C. Thereafter, she spent most of her practice focusing exclusively in the area of Family Law. She has, however, spent significant time immersed in employment discrimination, personal injury and civil rights advocacy. Jo often relies upon these experiences in her current work.
Jo obtained her Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology, to inform and enhance her practice with children and families. She has studied a variety of developmental disorders, personality disorders and mental health conditions, the neurobiological and developmental effects on young children when they suffer the trauma of separation from a known caregiver and focused her Masters thesis on the importance of gender affirmation in contested custody matters.
Jo is an active and passionate volunteer within the legal and LGBTQ+ communities and has written extensively on the subject of Family Law and LGBTQ issues. She has been a speaker for organizations in NY and NJ, as well as for various national venues.
Jo has over two decades of experience in NJ and NY Family Law in general, with specialty focus on:
- LGBTQIA+ community
- Non-biological parents
- Special needs children
- Neurodiverse individuals
- High net worth individuals
- High profile individuals
- Media-sensitive situations
- Polyamorous families
- BDSM/Kink community
- Unmarried individuals
- Emancipated minors
- Multi-generational families
Topics that Jo regularly addresses in her practice include:
- Asset Distribution
- College Contribution
- Child Support
- Confirmatory and Adult Adoptions
- Custody – FD and FM
- Dissolution of Civil Union
- Domestic Violence
- Donor Agreements
- Gender Affirming Documents
- Guardian ad Litem
- Interstate and International conflicts
- Jurisdictional Disputes
- LGBTQIA+ issues
- Multi-parent custody
- Name Changes
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Post-Judgment modifications
- Postnuptial Agreements
- Psychological Parentage
- Special Education
- Termination of Domestic Partnerships
- Tevis claims/Marital Torts
- Third-Party visitation/custody
- UCCJEA Litigation
- Wills and Estate Document preparation
- Affirmation is Essential for LGBTQ+ Youth in Family Court, New Jersey Family Lawyer, Vol. 41, No. 1- December 2022
- W.M. v. D.G., 467 N.J. Super. 216 (App. Div. 2021), a case recognizing the rights of Psychological Parents in New Jersey, the rights of children to counsel, and the rights of all parties to receive appropriate treatment within the FD (non-dissolution) docket
- In re T.I.C.-C., No. A-1706-20 (App. Div. Feb. 16, 2022), a case wherein the Court recognized the struggles of and privacy rights of transgender individuals in New Jersey
- Obergefell v. Hodges, Case Nos. 14-556; 14-562; 14-571; 14-574, Brief of Amicus Curiae BiLaw, in Support of Petitioners, March 3, 2015, available at http://www.supremecourt.gov/ObergefellHodges/AmicusBriefs/14-556_BiLaw.pdf (counsel of record, as a BiLaw member, with Kyle Velte, Nancy Marcus, Toby Phoebe Adams, Naomi Mezey, Ann Tweedy, and Diana Adams.)
- NJ Psychological Association, 2020 Winter NJ Psychologist Special Section Journal: Psychological Issues Faced by Transgender Individuals in Communities “The Convergence of the legal rights with the educational and psychological well-being of transgender students in New Jersey.” January 21, 2020, available at https://www.psychologynj.org/assets/docs/37521%20Winter%20final.pdf (co-authored with Celeste Fiore, Esq.)
- LGBTQ Divorce and Relationship Dissolution: Psychological and Legal Perspectives and Implications for Practice. Chapter 22: Dissolution of Polyamorous Relationships: Multiple Parent Families and Other Complex Arrangements. (2019) Edited by Abbie E. Goldberg & Adam P. Romero, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018, 480 pp. (Chapter co-author with Celeste Fiore, Esq.).
- New Jersey Lawyer: The Importance of Early Intervention for Transitioning LGBTQ Families (August 2020) Available at https://newjerseylawyer.njsba.com/?shareKey=SJDoIk
- Super Lawyer, New Jersey and New York Super Lawyers, Family Law Attorney, 2021-2023*
- NJ’s Best Lawyers for Families 2020
- Top 10 Power Couples of 2019, InsiderNJ (along with Celeste Fiore)
- Insider OUT 100: LGBT Power List, InsiderNJ, 2018 & 2019
- National LGBT Bar Association Best 40 Attorneys Under 40 Award Recipient (2015)
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