Bergen County Divorce Lawyer

Hackensack Divorce Attorney

Facing the prospect of the dissolution of your marriage is a difficult and emotional experience. Choosing an attorney to work with you should not be. The highly experienced attorneys at Aronsohn Weiner Salerno & Kaufman P.C. provide compassionate and cost-effective representation in all divorce matters. Richard H. Weiner, Esq. and Barry L. Kaufman, Esq. have been assisting clients through the process for more than 75 combined years. Each of our family law attorneys are experienced in this field and are skilled negotiators and litigators. We provide zealous, thoughtful, and cost-efficient representation throughout the divorce process and evaluate each case in a personalized fashion. Our attorneys recognize and appreciate the responsibility of working and communicating with every individual facing divorce and strive to expeditiously conclude your divorce, achieving the most advantageous result in a financially prudent manner. Get the help you need. Contact us for a consultation today with an experienced Bergen County divorce lawyer.

Bergen County Divorce Lawyer

Divorce Options

How you and your spouse handle your divorce is up to you. Not every divorce is best served by going to court and battling it out. Some can resolve their issues outside of court and through alternative methods, including mediation and arbitration. It all depends on how cooperative you and your spouse can be through the process. With so many options for divorce available, you may quickly find yourself confused as to which one most adequately suits your needs. Aronsohn Weiner Salerno & Kaufman P.C. can guide you in the right direction and help you make the best possible decision based on your unique circumstances.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Many divorces are resolved without resorting to acrimonious and costly litigation through our court system. Often, the parties’ needs and desires are met through Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), including Mediation or Arbitration instead of litigation. The attorneys in our firm are major proponents of the Mediation/Arbitration process.

  • Mediation: Utilizing the assistance and guidance of a skilled and highly experienced mediator you and your spouse can reach a framework for a Marital Settlement Agreement. Richard H. Weiner, Esq. and Barry L. Kaufman, Esq. help facilitate the process, as Mediators or as counsel to individuals during the Mediation process. Their vast experience, knowledge, and skills help people address and resolve difficult financial issues and child-related matters in a non-adversarial and cost-efficient environment.
  • Arbitration: You and your spouse may choose to hire a well- respected and experienced attorney to serve in the role of Arbitrator, who will be responsible to decide issues without resorting to formal court intervention. Working with your attorneys, Richard H. Weiner, Esq. and Barry L. Kaufman, Esq. are experienced arbitrators who are often selected by fellow attorneys and members of the judiciary to serve as Arbitrators. The arbitration process is tailored to accomplish an expeditious resolution of issues while assuring that these issues are properly presented and decided by an Arbitrator outside of the Courtroom in a private setting. These proceedings can remain confidential if the parties and their counsel so desire.


If efforts to address and resolve all financial and/or child-related issues have been explored and exhausted with no resolution, a judge will conduct a trial and decide those matters. The attorneys at Aronsohn Weiner Salerno & Kaufman P.C. will be fully prepared in advance of any trial and present these issues to a judge in a well-organized and persuasive manner to achieve the best possible result.

The Process

Aronsohn Weiner Salerno & Kaufman P.C. takes pride in assisting couples, no matter the type of divorce they choose. If you are overwhelmed by the numerous options for divorce, you should consult with an experienced Bergen County divorce lawyer that can help you navigate this uncharted territory.

Grounds for Divorce

The divorce process begins with the Complaint for Divorce. New Jersey is a no-fault divorce state, which allows you to file for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences or a separation of at least 18 months. That being an option, you can still file for divorce under grounds of fault. These include:

  • Addiction
  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Deviant sexual conduct
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Incarceration
  • Institutionalization for mental illness

Case Management Conference

Once the divorce papers have been served, the judge will review the issues of your case and assess the practicality of expediting the process through the Case Management Conference. Throughout the conference, the following will be addressed:

  • Issues that remain contested
  • Pre-trial discovery
  • An Early Settlement Panel date
  • Selection of expert witnesses
  • The assessment of whether custody and parenting time are disputed

Early Settlement Panel

If you and your spouse are unable to conclude your legal matter, the court will refer the case to an Early Settlement Panel, which usually consists of a team of attorneys who will make recommendations to resolve outstanding marital issues. If you and your spouse do not accept the recommendations of the panel, you can still try to settle the divorce through mediation or move on to litigation.

Final Judgment of Divorce

The Final Judgment of Divorce concludes the divorce process and must be executed by the court, regardless of whether the matter was litigated or settled. If the matter was litigated, both parties have the right to appeal.

Contact a Bergen County Divorce Lawyer

If you are going through a divorce, not just any attorney will do. You need a law firm that has the experience, determination, dedication, and compassion you deserve. Aronsohn Weiner Salerno & Kaufman P.C. has over 40 years of experience helping clients move on to greener pastures. We recognize the weight of this legal matter and will do everything in our power to help you conclude your divorce in the best possible fashion, regardless of the road that gets you there. Whether you believe litigation, mediation, arbitration, or collaborative divorce is best for you, we can help you decide and guide you through. Contact Aronsohn Weiner Salerno & Kaufman P.C. for a consultation to discuss your legal matter today.