Carmela L. Novi, Family Law Expert

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.

  Managing Partner: Hackensack

  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.