Carmela L. Novi Profile

I hired Carmela L. Novi to represent me in a very complicated and messy divorce. Carmela and her team were friendly, professional and above all understanding. She guided me through the entire process and took the time to listen to me…. She always gave me her professional opinion but allowed me to make my own decisions. She protected my interest and used the best strategy to achieve the outcome I desire. I would highly recommend Carmela!
Dialyz M.

  Office: Hackensack, Bergen County


Carmela L. Novi, an attorney with Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group, has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Matrimonial Attorney, a certification achieved by only 2% of attorneys in New Jersey. During college, Ms. Novi served as a Judicial Intern for Hon. Walter M. Schackman, J.S.C., Supreme Court of New York, and Commercial Division.

She began practicing family law immediately upon her graduation from New  York Law School.  Since  then,  Ms.  Novi  has  litigated  and  settled  cases  throughout  the  state  of New Jersey involving every aspect of divorce and family law, including but not limited to: divorce;  annulments;  child  custody  and  parenting  time;  child  support;  alimony;  college contribution;  equitable  distribution  of  assets; and  prenuptial  agreements.  She  also  has extensive  experience  in  domestic  violence  matters,  both  in  helping  victims  obtain needed  restraining   orders  and  in  defending  those  wrongly  accused  of  domestic violence.

Ms.  Novi  also  serves  on  the  Early  Settlement  Panel  for  the  family court  in  Morris County,  where  she  volunteers  her  time  to  assist  couples  in  settling  the  economic aspects of their divorce disputes. Ms. Novi is licensed in New Jersey and New York and is also a qualified and court approved Family Law Mediator for parties who may choose to resolve their family and matrimonial issues without the need for costly and protracted litigation.

She  is  also  presently a  member  of  the  New  Jersey  State  Bar  Association,  the  Bergen County Bar Association, and the New Jersey Woman Lawyers Association. Ms. Novi is also  currently  serving  her  third  term  on  the  Montville  Township  Board  of  Education  as Board Vice President; and has co-founded two non-profit organizations over the years, Mid-Town   Children’s   Fund,   Inc.,   and   the   Towaco   Civic   Association   in   Montville Township,  New  Jersey.  Ms.  Novi  has  been  recognized  for  her  pro  bono  work  by Alternatives  to  Domestic  Violence  of  Bergen  County;  the  Bergen  County Executive; Partners  for  Women  &  Justice  (Montclair,  NJ);  and  Volunteer  Lawyers  for  Justice (Newark,  NJ).  She  is  a  current  member  of  the  Strategic  Connections  Chapter  of Business  Networking  International  (“BNI”)  and  is  a  former  Board  member  of  the Montville  Township  Kiwanis  Club  and  a  former  Chairperson  of  the  Montville  Township Residents with Disabilities Advisory Committee.


Ms. Novi has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Star. She has also been named by the American Institute of Legal Counsel as one of the 10 Best Client Satisfaction for Family Law in New Jersey.

New Jersey Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney

* Super Lawyers is a publication of Thomson Reuters. The selection process is conducted by an independent firm that determines which lawyers in New Jersey have attained a high degree of peer recognition & professional achievement. The selection process can be viewed at No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court.

* American Institute of Family Law (10 Best Client Satisfaction; Top 10 Under 40) “To be named an attorney must be formally nominated by the board, client, and/or fellow Attorney; have attained the highest degree of professional achievement in his or her field of law; and having done so with an impeccable Client Satisfaction rating. To learn more about the selection process see No aspect of this has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

* Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Attorney. Only about two percent of the attorneys practicing in the State of New Jersey are Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Attorney. Rick Schneider, Erin B. Brueche, Jessica Ragno Sprague, Carmela L. Novi, Laura M. Mendonca, Rachel E. Partyka, Veronica R. Norgaard, Michael J. Evans, Robyn N. Howlett, Dianna C. Cavaliere, and managing partner, Bari Zell Weinberger, can count themselves among this select few.

Areas of Practice:

  • Family and Matrimonial Law
  • Divorce and Legal Separations
  • Visitation and Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Alimony and Palimony
  • Division of Assets - Equitable Distribution
  • Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Adoption and Kinship Legal Guardianships
  • Children’s Educational Needs
  • Emancipation
  • Modification of Custody
  • Modification of Child Support
  • Modification, Reduction or Termination of Alimony
  • Enforcement of Custody
  • Enforcement of Child Support
  • Enforcement of Alimony
  • Paternity
  • Grandparent’s Rights
  • Domestic Violence Matters
  • Post Divorce Matters

Bar Admissions:

New Jersey
New York
U.S. District Court of New Jersey

Certifications / Specialties:

Qualified Family Law Mediator
Certified Matrimonial Attorney


New York Law School, New York, New York
Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey
-Member, Mock Trial Competition Team
-Treasurer, Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity

Awards / Recognition:

New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars
10 Best Client Satisfaction for Family Law – American Institute of Legal Counsel

Professional Associations and Memberships:

New Jersey State Bar Association – Family Law Section
Morris County Bar Association

Volunteer Activities:

Montville Township Board of Education as Board Vice President;
Mid-Town Children’s Fund, Inc.
Towaco Civic Association, Montville Township, New Jersey.
Alternatives to Domestic Violence of Bergen County
Bergen County Executive; Partners for Women & Justice (Montclair, NJ)
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (Newark, NJ).
Montville Township Kiwanis Club
Montville Township Residents with Disabilities Advisory Committee

Carmela Novi is located in our Freehold, Monmouth County office. To schedule a free initial consultation with Carmela, please call (888) 888-0919 or click to schedule online.