Essex County, New Jersey Family Lawyers

Victor A. Rotolo
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Strong and compassionate representation in family law cases. Free consultation!

I'm an experienced New Jersey family law attorney and I will fight for the best results for you and your children. My practice includes divorce, property division, spousal support, child support, and child custody. Read More »
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Hon. David J. Issenman JSC
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 46 years experience

Seton Hall University School of Law3rd Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court and New Jersey
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Patrick T. Collins
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience

As one of only four attorneys to be certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as both a Civil Trial Attorney and Matrimonial Law Attorney, I have provided legal services in New Jersey since 1984. I am attorney of record... Read More »
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James McGlew II
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Experienced Matrimonial and Family Law Attorney! Focused and Determined!

For 25 years I have fought passionately to protect the rights and interests of those with family law matters. I am dedicated to the best possible outcome! Visit my website for information or call for a consultation. Read More »
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Tanya L. Freeman
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Get help now! Dedicated, experienced family law attorney. Free consultation!

I’m an experienced family law attorney and I represent clients throughout New Jersey. I provide thoughtful guidance, personal attention, and will work for the best possible outcome for you and your children. Read More »
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Santo Artusa Jr.
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(973) 337-9643 51 John F. Kennedy Pkwy
Essex County Divorce and Family Law Attorneys
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Free ConsultationEssex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
I am a passionate attorney that seeks to fight for my clients' interests all the while trying to resolve issues as fast and effectively as possible. There is no better feeling than winning a case for a client whether in divorce court, criminal court or civil court. I like to walk the streets I serve and see my clients who salute me for the work I did for them and build long term relationships. Our aim is to win for our clients and to explain the best way to achieve realistic goals. I have been living in Jersey City for...
Tanya L. Freeman
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(973) 935-3077 28 Valley Rd
Suite 1
Montclair, NJ 07042
Free ConsultationEssex County, NJ Family Law Attorney
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Tanya Freeman is the managing partner of Tanya Freeman Law in East Hanover, New Jersey. Tanya is an accomplished attorney who provides legal representation in all aspects of family law, including divorce, child and spousal support, child custody, interstate custody and relocation disputes, as well as domestic violence matters. Prior to the practice of law, Tanya spent fifteen years in key roles leading audit teams in the banking and insurance industries. Tanya’s extensive corporate audit background enhances her ability to effectively represent clients with high net worth cases involving significant assets as well as cases...
Filipe Pedroso
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(973) 522-1100 8 Wilson Ave, Fl. 3
Newark, NJ 07105
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Seton Hall University School of Law
Over the years I have received many awards and recognitions for exceptional service, client satisfaction and highest ethical standards. The Legal Network has recognized me as “Top Lawyers in New Jersey” several years in a row. I have been invited to join elite Top 100 National Trial Lawyers due to strong qualifications as TOP civil/criminal defense trial lawyers. I was nominated as one of the "10 Best" attorneys in NJ by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Currently, I'm the managing attorney at two successful law firms: eLAWnj.com Pedroso Legal Services LLC and...
Eugenie F. Temmler
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(973) 744-4000 52 Upper Montclair Plaza
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Family, Divorce and Employment
Rutgers University
Eugenie F. Temmler is a partner of Rabner Baumgart Ben-Asher & Nirenberg, P.C. Her areas of practice include family law and litigation, including employment litigation. Ms. Temmler joined the firm immediately after graduation from law school and later spent many years in a boutique firm devoted exclusively to family law prior to re-joining the firm.

Ms. Temmler is admitted to the Bars of the State of New Jersey, the United States District Court (District of New Jersey) and the United States Courts of Appeals (Second and Third Circuits). She is an active member of the Essex County Bar Association and the...
Patrick T. Collins
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(973) 232-4023 293 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Family and Divorce
Seton Hall University School of Law
As one of only four attorneys to be certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as both a Civil Trial Attorney and Matrimonial Law Attorney, I have provided legal services in New Jersey since 1984. I am attorney of record in sixteen reported decisions, have served as expert witness in several legal malpractice cases, and have argued to the Supreme Court seven times. The measure of a lawyer is his level of commitment to his client. No attorney is more committed than me to being responsive to your needs and requirements, and to providing the highest quality advocacy focused...
Elena K. Weitz
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(973) 467-4040 33 Bleeker Street
Millburn, NJ 07041
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Seton Hall University School of Law
Elena K. Weitz, Esq. is a senior associate at Grayson and Associates, focusing her practice on all aspects of family, divorce and post-divorce matters including child support, alimony, custody, and domestic violence, in addition to providing legal services related to general civil litigation, contract, estate and municipal matters. Ms. Weitz has been with Grayson and Associates since 2007. Prior to that, Ms. Weitz practiced for two years at that law office of Bonny G. Rafel, LLC, engaging in the practice of federal law related to ERISA and individual disability benefits.

Ms. Weitz earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology...
Richard Diamond
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(973) 379-9292 225 Millburn Avenue
Suite 208
Millburn, NJ 07041
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Seton Hall University School of Law
Richard Diamond has been practicing Family Law Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration work in New Jersey for the past 32 years and is a Certified Family Law Trial Attorney by the N.J. Supreme Court; Accredited New Jersey Family Law Mediator and a Family Law Economic Mediator in Union, Essex, Morris, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties.
Mr Diamond is also a member of the Essex, Union and Somerset Counties Family Law Early Settlement Panel Program (ESP); a member of Who's Who in American Law;
listed in Best Lawyers in America and a recipient of the Albert Nelson...
Leslie Ann Farber
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(973) 509-8500 33 Plymouth Street, Suite 204
Montclair, NJ 07042
Family, Divorce, Employment and Estate Planning
Pace Law School
Leslie A. Farber, Esq. has been practicing law since 1991. She received her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Drew University, and her Law Degree from Pace University School of Law. In law school, she was an editor of the Pace Law Review and participated in Pace's Appellate Litigation Clinic. For the past 20 years, she has represented both individuals and businesses in many areas of litigation in state, federal and municipal courts from initial consultation through discovery, mediation, arbitration, trial and appeal, when necessary. Ms. Farber has lectured and published works in a variety...
Joseph Nitti
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(973) 718-3649 145 Eagle Rock Avenue
Roseland, NJ 07068
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Personal Injury and Real Estate
New England Law | Boston
Joseph Nitti is a partner at Nitti & Nitti Attorneys at Law and a dedicated family law lawyer in Roseland. He is a certified mediator and collaboratively trained lawyer who dedicates his time helping families who are going through a divorce. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University for his degree in Accounting. He went on to New England Law for his Juris Doctorate. Since then, Attorney Nitti has helped clients obtain favorable divorce settlements and is a member of organizations such as the American Bar Association, the State of New Jersey Bar Association, and the Essex County Bar Association, Family Law...
Kimber L. Gallo
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(973) 232-2962 293 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Family and Divorce
Seton Hall University School of Law
Richard H. Singer Jr.
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 48 years experience

American University Washington College of Law3rd Circuit, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, U.S. Supreme Court, United States Court of Military Appeals, United States Tax Court and New Jersey
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Marcia K. Werner
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Named Professional Lawyer of the Year for 2016 by the Bergen County Bar Association and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. Morris, Essex, Sussex & Union County locations. Read More »
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Kevin Orr
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(973) 824-5520 33 Washington St
Newark, NJ 07102
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Seton Hall University School of Law
With over 25 years experience in providing clients with quality legal representation in a wide variety of legal matters in Federal, State and Municipal Courts, Kevin C. Orr, Esq. can handle your toughest civil, criminal or family law case. Call (973) 824-5520 to schedule a consultation. Kevin serves on a number of Boards and Committees, including the Office of Attorney Ethics of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, District VB (Essex County - Suburban Essex) Ethics Committee, serving as its Vice Chair . Also, he holds elected office in Bernards Township and Somerset County.
Jaclyn Nayar
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(973) 996-8962 19 Prospect Street
South Orange, NJ 07079
Family, Elder, Estate Planning and Probate
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Marc P. Feldman
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(973) 267-7555 2130 Milburn Ave
Suite D1
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Seton Hall University School of Law
My name is Marc P. Feldman and I am an attorney located in Morris Plains, New Jersey. I have a broad range of legal knowledge and experience and can provide you with legal services in the following areas: Family Law Bankruptcy Immigration Real Estate Wills and Estates Landlord/Tenant DWI Juvenile Law Municipal Court Expungements I will take the time to get to know you, your goals and your challenges. Your needs are important to me. I will strive to advance your goals and reach your objectives in the most cost-efficient and expeditious manner possible. I have practiced law in...
Grant W. Waterson
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(973) 232-2984 293 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Family and Divorce
Villanova University School of Law
Richard F. Iglar
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(973) 232-2968 293 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Boston College Law School
Beatrice Kandell
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(973) 232-2970 293 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Pace Law School
Franz Cobos
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(973) 264-1096 17 Academy Street
Suite 312
Newark, NJ 07102
Free ConsultationEssex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
Family, Criminal, DWI and Domestic Violence
Seton Hall University School of Law and Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Franz Cobos is the owner and managing partner of the Cobos Law Firm in New Jersey. Mr. Cobos was awarded a Juris Doctorate in 2004 from Seton Hall University, School of Law, and has dedicated his practice to representing clients in the core areas of Family Law, Immigration Law and Business Law.

Mr. Cobos has practiced in New York and New Jersey for over a decade. Among several other organizations, he is a member and active participant of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers' Association, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Essex,...
Jonathan W. Wolfe
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(973) 232-2988 293 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Family, Business and Divorce
New York University School of Law
Leslie Farber
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(973) 509-8500 33 Plymouth Street
Suite 204
Montclair, NJ 07042
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Pace Law School
Leslie A. Farber, Esq. has been practicing law since 1991. She received her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Drew University, and her Law Degree from Pace University School of Law. In law school, she was an editor of the Pace Law Review and participated in Pace's Appellate Litigation Clinic. For the past 20 years, she has represented both individuals and businesses in many areas of litigation in state, federal and municipal courts from initial consultation through discovery, mediation, arbitration, trial and appeal, when necessary. Ms. Farber has lectured and published works in a variety...
Matthew Rosen
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(973) 227-1415 100 PASSAIC AVENUE, SUITE 305
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Municipal
Dominic A. Tomaio, Esq.
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New Jersey Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience

Mr. Tomaio is a trusted professional in the divorce and family law world. He has extensive experience in handling difficult divorce matters. He is Certified by the Supreme Court of N.J. as a Matrimonial Attorney. He... Read More »
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Brian Iton
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Free Consultation! Experienced & Dedicated Attorney in All Areas of Family Law!

I am a skilled and knowledgeable family law attorney. I have the experience and understanding needed to advocate for those with family law matters. Visit my website for client reviews or call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Richard H. Singer Jr.
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 48 years experience
(973) 232-2980 293 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Family and Divorce
American University Washington College of Law
Jerry D'aniello
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(973) 274-5200 425 Eagle Rock Ave.
Suite 202
Roseland, NJ 07068
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Hon. David J. Issenman JSC
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(973) 232-4027 293 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Seton Hall University School of Law
Gary N. Skoloff
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 60 years experience
(973) 232-2982 293 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Family and Divorce
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Paula Crane
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(973) 744-4400 543 Valley Road, Suite 8
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Family and Divorce
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Alan Ehrlich
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(973) 643-0040 60 Park Place
Suite 1016
Newark, NJ 07102
Family, Business, Criminal and Estate Planning
New York Law School
Founded in 1955, Ehrlich, Petriello, Gudin & Plaza, Attorneys at Law is a law firm dedicated to providing effective legal services for residents of New Jersey and New York. As a full service law firm with over 100 years of combined legal experience, the team is prepared to take on even the most complicated legal matters. The firm has offices in Newark, Morristown, and New York City, and represents individuals, families, small businesses, large corporations, publicly traded companies, and government agencies. The attorneys are prepared to assist clients through a variety of legal matters including those involving family law, commercial...
Thomas J. DeCataldo
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(973) 232-2994 293 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Seton Hall University School of Law
Allison P. Berecz
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(973) 232-4031 293 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Angus Ejiofor
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(973) 678-2200 55 Washington Street
Suite 304
East Orange, NJ 07017
Family, DWI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Cassandra Savoy
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(973) 748-0097 2 Broad Street
Suite 607
Bloomfield, NJ 07003-2547
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
I work with families to help them solve all types of family matters includiing, divorce, custody, relocation, guardianships of minors and alleged incapacitated persons. I also help families with post divorce issues like enforcement of prior court orders, and support issues. Mediation is a great alternative to litigation. I do divorce mediation and help parents establish workable parenting plans..
Kimber L. Gallo
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience

Seton Hall University School of LawNew Jersey
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Beatrice Kandell
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience

Pace Law SchoolNew Jersey
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Ms. Laura Sue Mann
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(973) 506-4881 185 Fairfield Avenue, Suite 3C
West Caldwell, NJ 07006
Family, Divorce, Elder and Estate Planning
Hofstra University
Ms. Mann's many years of experience in and out of the courtroom representing clients have helped her hone her skills in all aspects of litigation - - proficiency she now applies to her private practice representing individuals, small business owners, nonprofit corporations and assisting litigants with protecting their interests utilizing her finely-tuned advocacy skills and, when appropriate, creative and peaceful resolutions of those legal disputes through mediation. Ms. Mann’s innate compassion and understanding, combined with her experience, skills and training as a litigator and mediator, enable her to adjust her approach to the matter at hand to seek the best...
Betsy W. Bresnick
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(973) 292-2978 293 Eisenhower Pkwy
Livingston, NJ 07039
Family and Divorce
New England Law | Boston
John Michael Amorison
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(973) 202-5231 26 Park Place
Suite 2455
Montclair, NJ 07042
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Capital University Law School
Bonnie Blume Goldsamt
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(973) 857-6220 25 Pompton Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044
Family, Construction and Divorce
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Today my practice focuses on, but is not limited to mediation, arbitration and collaborative dispute resolution (see below). My clients find this to be faster, less stressful and much more affordable. Moreover, people who participate in processes, such as mediation and collaborative law, appreciate it as a private, compassionate and dignified way to divorce.
Kelly Mattheiss
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(973) 275-1800 101 Vose Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
Family, Construction, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Seton Hall University School of Law
As a practicing attorney for thirty years, I have been privileged to work with clients in a variety of areas. Having served as a judicial law clerk in the family court, I have a long standing appreciation for the issues and circumstances clients face in matrimonial matters. I approach each case with a desire to provide a clear path towards resolution, while purposefully advocating for the best outcome for my clients. I am a strong proponent of alternate dispute resolution and have successfully mediated matrimonial cases.

I bring the same passion and commitment to all matters I handle, whether they...
Allison Williams
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(908) 810-1083 830 Morris Turnpike
#206
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Allison C. Williams, Esq., is Founder and Owner of the Williams Law Group, LLC, with offices in Union and Wall Township, New Jersey. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. Ms. Williams is a member of the New Jersey Board on Attorney Certification (NJBAC) – Matrimonial Committee, a New Jersey Supreme Court committee that determines eligibility of candidates to be certified as a recognized practitioner in the field of matrimonial law. She practices exclusively in the area...
Jeff W. Plaza
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer
(973) 643-0040 60 Park Place
Suite 1016
Newark, NJ 07102
Family, Business, Criminal and Estate Planning
Fordham University
Attorney Jeffrey W. Plaza has more than 20 years of experience as a civil litigation attorney in New Jersey and New York. He concentrates particularly on commercial litigation and family law matters, including divorce and child custody cases. Anyone in need of a capable litigator can call (973) 862-8905 or visit www.newark-lawyers.com to learn more!
Lucy Agostini
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(973) 239-7288 Suite 201
Verona, NJ 07044
Family, Divorce and Real Estate
For over 30 years, Lucy Agostini, Esq. has prided herself on providing high-quality legal representation to her clients. Since 1979, she has successfully handled hundreds of contested family law matters. In addition, she has routinely represented clients in residential real estate purchases, sales and refinances, and in the preparation of wills. She has demonstrated a consistent pattern of success, evidenced by the fact that the majority of her firmâs business is derived from former clients and other attorneys. Mrs. Agostini's law firm, Agostini & Slattery, is committed to providing a personalized approach to each case and to building...
Gary Natale
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(973) 324-9711 West Orange, NJ 07052
Free ConsultationFamily, DWI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Seton Hall University School of Law
Sharon Ann Quinn
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(973) 763-9876 658 Ridgewood Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Seton Hall University School of Law
Paul H. Townsend
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New Jersey Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience

Mr. Townsend was awarded a Juris Doctor in 1984 from Ohio Northern University, and has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as being a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney. He is admitted to the New Jersey Bar... Read More »
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Richard F. Iglar
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Essex County, NJ Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience

Boston College Law SchoolNew Jersey and New York
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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