Family Law Attorney Awards & Methodologies

Our attorneys are honored to receive a vast number of Family Law Attorney Awards and Recognitions. Each attorney award or recognition has its own methodology and process for assessing the attorney or the firm and awarding the badge or honor.

For instance, Bari Zell Weinberger has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating based on the exemplary work in the field of family and matrimonial law. She was given an “AV Preeminent®”* rating from her peers, which means that she is deemed to have very high professional ethics and legal ability in the field of New Jersey family law and divorce. Only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive this Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. Additionally, she has consistently been a recipient of the “Client Satisfaction Award” from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys as well as selected as a Rising Star* and Super Lawyer*. The methodologies for the family law attorney awards are as follows:

Family Law Attorney Awards

New Jersey Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney

New Jersey Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney” is an official designation given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who have demonstrated a specific skill set in the areas of family and matrimonial law. It is a simple way to ensure you are working with a professional NJ matrimonial lawyer whose experience meets the highest standard of client care. Like any certification process, this is offered to individuals who have mastered this subject area, meaning you can expect certified matrimonial attorneys in NJ to demonstrate superior knowledge in a number of diverse practice issues.

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, and able to call themselves family law and divorce experts. Erin B. Brueche, Jessica Ragno Sprague, Carmela L. Novi, Laura M. Mendonca, Rachel E. Partyka, Robyn N. Howlett, Veronica Norgaard, Dianna C. Cavaliere, Jennifer D. Varga, and managing partner, Bari Z. Weinberger, can count themselves among this select few.

* AV Preeminent® is the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating designation. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings was design to attest to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics and provide buyers of legal services with the opinion of other lawyers to further inform their hiring decisions. The selection process can be viewed at www.martindale.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of NJ.

* Recognition by Best Lawyers® is based on peer review. Nominee attorneys are divided by geographic region and practice area, and are evaluated by their peers on the basis of professional expertise. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo an additional vetting process to verify they are currently practicing and in good standing with their respective bar associations. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See www.bestlawyers.com/methodology for more detail.

* New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families is an annual compilation of legal professionals as nominated by readers of NJ Family magazine. The list does not imply endorsement by New Jersey Family; it’s a parent-to-parent referral list only.

* Client Champion Award is a Martindale-Hubbell award based upon reviews by clients over the previous 24 months. Full details of the award criteria can be viewed at martindale.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court.

Super Lawyers 2018

* 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 www.superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of NJ.

Super Lawyers 2017 NJ

* 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 www.superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of NJ.

* American Institute of Family Law (10 Best Client Satisfaction; Top10 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 www.aiofla.org. No aspect of this has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Areas of Practice:

  • Family and Matrimonial Law
  • Divorce and Legal Separations
  • Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships/Civil Unions and Same Sex Marriages
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation and Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Mediation
  • 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
  • Domestic Violence Matters
  • Post Divorce Matters
  • Relocation out of the State of New Jersey with a child
  • Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P - formerly DYFS)