MEETING OPTIONS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS: The Law Offices of Peter Van Aulen understands your concerns regarding the spread of the Coronavirus, and now offers different meeting options to our clients and those seeking legal representation. All meetings, including initial consultations, can be handled either through the phone, FaceTime, Zoom, or in person.


A growing community located in Bergen County, New Jersey, Garfield is positioned approximately 15 miles from New York City. It is situated on the southwest side of the county and has a population of 30,487, according to the 2010 United States Census. It has grown almost 13% in the last twenty years. It is surrounded by other small boroughs with Elmwood Park and Saddle Brook to the north and Wallington and Passaic to the south. Lodi lies to the east and Cliffton is to the west. The majority of people living in Garfield are descended from Polish, Italian, Irish or German ancestry with a small percentage from Hungary. It has a dense population made up of almost half foreign-born residents. Of those who came from other countries, the majority hail from Europe and Latin America. Garfield is located about 11 miles from Newark. Almost half of the adult residents are married with an average family size of 3.29. Nine percent of the residents are divorced.

Garfield was first known as East Passaic when it was established in 1873. The name was changed to honor James Garfield, the President of the United States. The borough is situated within easy access to other communities and Manhattan for those who work in nearby locations. US Route 46 runs through the city along with County Route 507. The city is served by public transportation as well with the Garfield Station and transit buses running daily. Construction and manufacturing are the main sources of employment within Garfield with several retail stores and warehouses also providing job opportunities.

Like many growing communities, Garfield has many domestic issues within its borders. Residents need a dedicated attorney like Mr. Peter Van Aulen. Mr. Van Aulen has twenty-two years of experience in family law where he has represented clients in divorce, alimony and child support, and many other cases. Mr. Van Aulen is also certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Matrimonial Attorney. He is one of a few lawyers to receive this distinction as a testament to his education, experience and skills. He is also trained as a mediator to work with clients and avoid the stress and cost of a trial. When negotiations fail, he is prepared to go to court and fight for his clients. Besides his legal experience, Mr. Van Aulen also spent thirteen years as an adjunct professor.

Mr. Van Aulen understands that divorce is never an easy decision. When children are added into the mix, emotions often run high. He is the voice of reason, offering legal counsel to his clients to help them make the best decisions for their situation. He listens with compassion and defends with dedication. Many times, he is able to settle matters through skilled negotiation. He draws on his many years in the profession to guide his clients to a satisfactory resolution.

The Law Offices of Peter Van Aulen is based in Saddle Brook, located just 1.3 miles from Garfield. A person going through a divorce or dealing with other family issues can rely on the expertise, professionalism and compassion of Mr. Van Aulen for their situation. He won’t back down from a challenge and is ready to create a strong strategy for his clients to help them get the results they want.

The Law Offices of Peter Van Aulen provide a wide range of services in family law for the residents of Garfield, including:

  • Divorce
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Child Support
  • Annulment
  • Mediation
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Alimony
  • Domestic Violence
  • Paternity
  • Grandparent Visitation and Custody
  • Child Relocation
  • Modification of Support
  • College Tuition Disputes

No matter what your particular situation is, Mr. Van Aulen can help. Put his twenty-two years of experience to work for you and schedule an appointment with him today. Give him a call at 201-845-7400.

Client Reviews
Peter has integrity, and values his relationships with his clients beyond his financial relationship with them. For me to say this about any lawyer is really saying something. He is compassionate, straightforward and knowledgeable. I would easily recommend him to anybody. Lewie W.
Peter Van Aulen handled my case with great diligence and integrity. He is also a compassionate individual who realizes what a difficult time divorce can be emotionally. Peter works hard and doesn't take any shortcuts in preparing for a case… I highly recommend Mr. Van Aulen and his staff. Chuck Solomon
Peter is an exceptionally great attorney. He handled my child custody case and was able to ease any of my concerns with honest answers. He always took the time to explain the pros/cons and was always available to answer any questions that I had… I would highly recommend this attorney to anyone who is looking for one. Jessica Cruz
Peter Van Aulen is a very compassionate, honest and straightforward person. He was there for me at my lowest point with a genuine concern not only for my situation, but for me and my child's well being above all… He is fair and he is strong and when push comes to shove he is there for you. Cathy Dodge
Our cousin used Peter's law office to help with a sticky custody situation. He was extremely responsive, very nice and most importantly did an awesome job with the court! He is awesome. Lawrence Polsky

*Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances