River Vale

River Vale is a small township located along the northern border of Bergen County. It is also part of the New Jersey/New York borderline. Its population density is low with only 9452 residents living in its 4.08 square miles. Bordering the township are the boroughs of Old Tappan, Hillsdale, Park Ridge, Westwood, Harrington Park, Woodcliff Lake, Montvale and Emerson. Clarkstown, NY is the nearest city of over 50,000, and lies about eight miles north-northwest of River Vale, while New York City is twenty-two miles to the southeast. Only about 14% of residents were born in another country, and this group largely consists of Europeans, Asians, and Latin Americans. Native born citizens are mainly of Italian, Irish, German, Polish, Russian, and American descent. Nearly half of River Vale's citizens have earned a four-year or higher degree, and almost 68% are married. A mere 4.1% have been divorced.

River Vale was voted as one of the safest municipalities in New Jersey, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security. River Vale was ranked in first place for the study. The rankings were based on violent crime per 1000 people. Main roads take residents to jobs outside of the community and a daily bus service provides transportation all the way to Manhattan. Railway service is also located in adjacent boroughs for convenience. The main career opportunities in River Vale include professional and technical services, jobs in finance and insurance and construction.

When the residents of River Vale and the surrounding communities want to be sure they're receiving the finest representation in matters of family law, they turn to the Law Offices of Peter Van Aulen. Mr. Van Aulen understand that matters of divorce and child custody are often complex and fraught with emotions. He is an objective party who can provide solid legal advice to his clients on the correct steps to take in their best interest while following the law. He listens to his clients to learn their situation before offering counsel. He understands that these situations are not just legal issues but emotional and physical situations as well. He is dedicated to his clients’ cases and will provide a passionate defense. In addition to his thirteen year tenure as an adjunct professor, Mr. Van Aulen has earned the distinction of being certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a matrimonial attorney. In addition to his legal acumen, Mr. Van Aulen's over two decades of family law practice in New Jersey have given him the wisdom and insight to handle each case with care and discretion. Divorce and other family legal proceedings are often challenging in the best of circumstances. He takes the time to listen to your concerns, as well as to consider your emotional and psychological wellbeing, not just the legal matter at hand. He has successfully represented both sides of many delicate cases, including mothers and fathers seeking custody of their children, and both those falsely accused of domestic violence and those who are victims of it. Mr. Van Aulen offers a free initial legal consultation, and if retained, will work with you to see your case through to its resolution. No matter the size of the case, he's ready to assert his veteran knowledge and form an aggressive strategy to defend your legal rights.


The Law Offices of Peter Van Aulen are happy to assist you with these family law issues:

  • Divorce
  • Annulment
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Domestic Violence
  • Modification of Support
  • Child Relocation
  • College Tuition Disputes
  • Mediation
  • Grandparent Visitation & Custody
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Paternity
  • International Child Abduction
  • Post-Divorce Issues
  • Division of Assets

When you're dealing with family legal issues, you want to be sure you're getting the best representation possible. Why not let Peter Van Aulen put his over twenty-two years of experience and education to work on your behalf? Call (201)845-7400 to schedule your free comprehensive in office consultation today.

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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
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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
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