New Jersey Divorce/Family Law Appeals


The Szaferman, Lakind family law department, one of the largest and most experienced in Central New Jersey, has proven itself to be a leader in the domestic relations arena. We have successfully argued family law cases at all levels of the New Jersey Court system, including the Appellate Division and New Jersey Supreme Court.



We have been at the forefront of shaping the law on significant issues such as whether a custodial parent should be permitted to relocate with children from New Jersey; the proper legal analysis for determining a spouse's entitlement to alimony; choice of law for interstate child support cases; whether parents should be able to use binding arbitration to resolve custody and parenting time disputes; grandparent visitation cases; and the enforcement of support obligations through the suspension of professional licenses. The many referrals we receive for appellate work from other lawyers demonstrates our ability to handle the most difficult and complex legal issues.


  Our firm's impressive record in the New Jersey appellate courts can be directly attributed to the fact that we are very discriminating when agreeing to handle an appeal.  Unlike some attorneys, we only handle those cases in which we believe there is a meritorious position or manifest injustice.  Our high level of sophistication and experience in handling family law appeals makes us uniquely qualified to properly evaluate your chances of succeeding when prosecuting or defending an appeal.



Individuals wishing for our firm to consider handling an appeal on their behalf should contact Brian G. Paul, Esq., the partner who heads the appellate section of our family law department.  

Brian is one of the few attorneys in New Jersey who has earned the title Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney, meaning that our State’s highest court has recognized him as an expert on divorce and family law matters. For his outstanding work in the area of Family Law, Brian has been listed in Woodward/White’s publication of “Best Lawyers in America” from 2013 to present, and been designated as Best Lawyers’ Princeton Metro Region “2015 Lawyer of the Year” and “2018 Lawyer of the Year.” In addition, from 2007 to present, through a rigorous selection process based upon peer voting and credentials research aimed at identifying the top 5% of all attorneys in the State of New Jersey, a blue ribbon panel named Brian a “Super Lawyer™”. In 2009, the blue ribbon panel compiling the Super Lawyers™ list identified Brian as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers™ in New Jersey. Brian was the only Mercer County Family Law Attorney in the Top 100, and one of only two attorneys in the County to be included in the Top 100. In 2006, Brian was included on the New Jersey Law Journal’s “40 under 40″ list. Brian also holds Martindale-Hubbell’s™ highest rating of “AV Preeminent” in both of his practice areas – Family Law and Appellate Practice, and has been awarded the New Jersey State Bar Association's Amicus Curriae award for his efforts in representing the NJSBA's interest before the New Jersey Supreme Court in four different family law related cases.

Brian is available either by email at or via telephone at (609) 275-0400.

Brian's bio can be found here:

Representative Cases:

Major v. Maguire, 224 N.J. 1 (NJ Supreme Court, 2016).

In the Matter of the Adoption of a Child by J.E.V. & D.G.V., 226 N.J. 90 (NJ Supreme Court, 2016).

Gnall v. Gnall, 222 N.J. 414 (NJ Supreme Court, 2015).

Maeker v. Ross, 219 N.J. 565 (NJ Supreme Court, 2014).

Fawzy v. Fawzy, 199 N.J. 456 (NJ Supreme Court, 2009).

Lombardi v. Lombardi, 447 N.J. Super 26 (Appellate Division, 2016); certif. denied, 228 NJ 445 (2016)

Marshak v. Weser, 390 N.J. Super. 387 (App. Div. 2007).

Proctor v. Proctor, A-1702-09T1, 2011 WL 1160471 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Mar. 31, 2011).

Weaver v. Weaver, A-1449-03T5, 2005 WL 1562798 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. July 5, 2005).

Morse v. Morse, A-5971-05T1, 2007 WL 3101687 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Oct. 25, 2007), certif. denied, 194 N.J. 270 (2008).

Jackson v. Jackson, A-4868-07T1, 2009 WL 4724616 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Dec. 9, 2009).

Pizi v. Bolam, A-645-03T2, 2004 WL 3403231 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Oct. 21, 2004).

D. W. v. P. W., A-6227-07T1, 2009 WL 587099 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Mar. 10, 2009).

Cyr v. Cyr, A-5134-04T1, 2006 WL 2986624 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Oct. 20, 2006).

Antoniotti v. Antoniotti, A-645-03T2 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. Oct. 21, 2004).

Hunter v. Humphrey, A-324-04T2 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Nov. 8, 2004).

J.C. v. J.M., A-1178-04T5 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2006).



  For answers to frequently asked questions about the appellate process, please click here.



Brian G. Paul, Esq.

101 Grovers Mill Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Tel - (609) 275-0400
Fax - (609) 275-4511




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