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Retaining A Certified Attorney

Why should I hire a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney?

Finding and hiring a top matrimonial in New Jersey can be a difficult process. Asking friends or looking at lawyer advertising can be confusing. You want to be sure that you retain the most qualified attorney to handle your matter. After all, it is your rights that are at stake, and hiring the wrong attorney, or an unqualified attorney, can have disastrous consequences for you and your family. An attorney who has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court has significant experience, demonstrated a high level of competence in matrimonial law, and has earned the respect of their colleagues as well as testimonials of the matrimonial Judges before whom they appear.

The Supreme Court of New Jersey directed the Board on Attorney Certification to create and administer this program to raise the level of competence of those attorneys who concentrate their practices on serving matrimonial and family law clients. When you select a certified attorney, you have the confidence of knowing that you have selected one of the most qualified matrimonial attorneys in New Jersey to represent you. The New Jersey Supreme Court has created this program to give you this assurance.

To become certified, an attorney must fulfill the following criteria:

  • submit testimonials from three matrimonial Judges attesting to a high level of litigation skills and good character;
  • pass a written examination (approximately six hours) in matrimonial law;
  • submit evaluations by five other matrimonial attorneys attesting to that attorney’s high level of competence and good character;
  • provide details of significant trial experience, including handling complex high income and disputed custody cases;
  • complete continuing yearly significant legal education requirements;
  • be a member in good standing of the New Jersey bar for more than five years.

As of June 2012, only approximately 1,600 attorneys out of approximately 72,000 active lawyers in New Jersey are board-certified. Tanis Deitch is one of the few matrimonial attorneys who has achieved that distinction.