What is a Certified Matrimonial Attorney in New Jersey?

With so many attorneys practicing in New Jersey, it can be difficult to choose one for your situation. However, once you search for a certified matrimonial attorney, the choices are narrowed down. Only a small percentage of practicing attorneys hold this distinction.

What Does It Mean?

A certified matrimonial attorney is someone who has been granted certification by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. To receive this designation, the attorney must have demonstrated a level of experience combined with knowledge, education and skill. The attorney must apply for this certification and meet the standards set by the Board on Attorney Certification and be approved by the Court.

For an attorney to be considered, he or she must meet specific criteria, which is as follows:

  • Been a member of the New Jersey bar for more than five years and be in good standing
  • Fulfilled all continuing and ongoing requirements of legal education
  • Demonstrated a substantial level of experience in the area of matrimonial law
  • Received favorable evaluations by judges and other attorneys who are knowledgeable and familiar with the attorney's work
  • Passed a written examination on the subject of matrimonial law

As you can see, receiving this certification requires more than just practicing in family law.

Why Consider a Matrimonial Attorney

Anyone looking for legal help in family law matters should consider the benefits of hiring a matrimonial attorney. This certification shows that he or she is experienced and educated in this area. Potential clients can choose someone who has already shown proficiency in matrimonial law and be more confident that their cases are in the hands of someone that has been recognized for his or her skill set.

You can tell if an attorney has been certified by the designation used on advertising materials. Only those who have received the certification are allowed to put the designation on business cards, letterhead and other materials. It will read "Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney."

Peter Van Aulen

Peter Van Aulen is one of the small percent of attorneys who has met the requirements and received the designation. He has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a matrimonial law attorney. Mr. Van Aulen has been a practicing family law attorney for over two decades. He has handled numerous divorce cases and taken on many issues that result from divorce, such as child custody, alimony and child support.

In addition to his own practice, Mr. Van Aulen has also been trained as a mediator and is a member of the Early Settlement Panel in Bergen County where he listens to divorce cases and provides recommendations to avoid further litigation and reach a settlement. He has helped other attorneys resolve their cases in this role. He is also a skilled negotiator for his own clients and often avoids litigation by reaching a satisfactory resolution. Call Peter Van Aulen today at (201) for a free consultation.

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