Karolina A. Dehnhard
Karolina A. Dehnhard devotes her practice to matrimonial law as well as international business transactions, as Managing Director of the Firm's International Transactions Group.
Her matrimonial practice includes a focus on divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody, parenting time, alimony, child support, adoption, and domestic violence issues. Karolina assists with complex financial issues, including valuation of businesses both domestically and abroad; international custody rights; the impact of immigration status on divorcing spouses and their children; enforcement of foreign divorce decrees; and the complexities associated with alimony rights and post-judgment cohabitation.
Karolina, who is fluent in Polish, has appeared on various TV shows and news programs, as well as published articles on family law topics in numerous print publications including North Jersey Woman Magazine, Industry Magazine, VUENJ, and numerous Polish publications. In addition, she co-authored a chapter in “Understanding the Legal Issues Surrounding Same-Sex Marriage.” She is the co-host of two radio shows, “The Law Matters,” on WMTR Radio, and “There’s Always a Way Out,” hosted in Polish, on Radio RAMPA.
Karolina has been a featured presenter at numerous women in business events on topics including women protecting their assets, becoming the CEO of your home, planning for the future, and promoting financial awareness before and during divorce. She has also taken part in U.S. delegations to Ireland, Cuba, and Spain, to develop international business relations among women in business. She was recognized by the Trade and Investment Section of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland for her influence and leadership in integrating women-owned businesses in both Poland and the United States. In 2018, Karolina launched the Polish-American Chamber of Commerce, North East (covering Maine to Florida) as well as Poland, with a focus on creating business opportunities for both American and Polish businesses. In her role, she speaks globally on international business relations between the United States and Poland.
Karolina was featured in the 2020 Top 100 Attorneys Magazine and was named to the “Top Women in Law” in 2018 by the New Jersey Law Journal and one of the “Top 25 Leading Intrapreneurs in New Jersey” in 2016. She has also been selected as a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers® and received the 2018 Leadership Award presented by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, a charity she has supported for more than a decade.
Recognizing that her clients often require the services of various professionals during, and after, their divorce, Karolina created Divorce Dynasty, a self-standing concierge service platform, to provide them and others with access to a network of professionals who have specific roles in the divorce process, including realtors, bankers, accountants, financial advisers and mortgage brokers, doctors, private investigators, and even a matchmaker. Keeping her footprint in Short Hills and the geographic area, Karolina was recently named as the Ambassador of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs Short Hills Leadership Lounge, a platform dedicated to the advancement of women globally.
Before entering into private practice, Karolina clerked for The Honorable Rosemary E. Ramsay, J.S.C., Morris County Superior Court, Family Part and Civil Part. While in law school, she interned for the Honorable Michael Ambrecht, J.S.C., in the Supreme Court, Criminal Part, Manhattan, and the Honorable Raymond T. Lyons, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey.
J.D., New York Law School, 2009
magna cum laude
B.A. / M.A. Psychology, College of St. Elizabeth, 1999
United States District Court District of New Jersey
American Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
Morris County Bar Association
Union County Bar Association
Family Law Committee
Barry Croland, Family Law Inns of Court
Mongil Housing Corporation
Show Me Your Heart
Trustee and Board Member
National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Leadership Fundraising Committee
Boys & Girls Club of Union
Corporate Advisory Board
Jersey Battered Women's Service
Board of Directors
Zoning Board of the Township of Cranford
Peapack Gladstone Bank
Advisory Board Member
Advisory Board Member
Southern New Jersey Advisory Board Member
Polish American Chamber of Commerce
President, North East Chapter
Leading Women Entrepreneurs Short Hills Leadership Lounge