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Deena L. Betze, Esq.

Deena L. Betze, Esq.



Deena Betze, one of Southern New Jersey’s most widely respected family and matrimonial lawyers, is beloved by her clients, and is known for making huge and positive changes in their lives. For over 30 years she has represented men and women in divorce, mediation, custody, adoption (including agency, private placement, domestic, re-finalization of foreign adoptions and contested placements), domestic violence, pre-marital agreements, civil union agreements and other family law related matters. Deena is collaboratively trained and practices Collaborative Divorce, is a member of South Jersey Collaborative Divorce Professionals (BetterWayDivorce.com) and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. During the course of her career, Deena has been interviewed by the radio, television, and print media about her expertise in adoption and family law matters. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, where she previously served on the Family Law Executive Committee, and serves on the Family Law Committees of the Camden, Gloucester and Burlington County Bar Associations. Deena previously served as President of the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court, one of only 20 Inns nationwide to achieve the Platinum level of Excellence. American Inns of Court are “designed to improve the skills, civility, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.” An American Inn of Court is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, and, in some cases, law professors and law students. She is also a past volunteer of the Cape Atlantic Legal Services pro bono program. A graduate of S.U.N.Y. StonyBrook (B.A. 1987), Deena received her law degree in 1990 from Rutgers University School of Law, Camden.

Education, Bar Admissions and Affiliations


1987 – S.U.N.Y StonyBrook (B.A.)

1990 – Rutgers University School of Law (J.D.)


Bar Admissions:

New Jersey



  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section, member
  • Camden County Bar Association, Family Law Committee member
  • Gloucester County Bar Association, Family Law Committee member
  • Burlington County Bar Association, Family Law Committee member
  • MESP panelist in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties
  • Master, Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court, immediate past-President
  • South Jersey Collaborative Law Group
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements:

    • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE),
    • National Business Institute
    • Instructor for the Family Law Skills and Methods Course for the New Jersey ICLE for six years
    • Rutgers School of Law Camden, guest lecturer