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Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq.
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Bari Zell Weinberger was awarded a Juris Doctorate in 1997 from Suffolk University Law School, and has dedicated her practice exclusively to the fields of family and matrimonial law since her graduation. She served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Roger W. Daley, J.S.C. in the Middlesex County Family Part upon receiving her law degree.

Bari Z. Weinberger is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney, a certification achieved by only 2% of the attorneys in New Jersey. Ms. Weinberger is the Associate Author of the New Jersey Family Law Practice, 14th Ed., 2010, a 5-volume treatise utilized by virtually every family law judge and practitioner in the State of NJ and is published by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She has also served in this capacity on prior editions as well. She is presently working as the Associate Author of the 15th Ed., which is scheduled to go to print in 2012. Ms. Weinberger has authored numerous articles, many of which are included in this website for your review and education, and she lectures on various divorce-related topics.

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” rating from her peers, which means that she is deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent 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.
Bari also volunteers as an expert panelist at the Morris County court in the Early Settlement Panel program. This is the process whereby qualified family law attorneys volunteer their time to offer neutral recommendations to litigants and their attorneys who have not yet settled their matters in the hopes of assisting them in reaching a resolution.

Not only has Bari Zell Weinberger been a board member of the New Jersey Family Inns of Court and Family Law Executive Committee, she has a long-standing membership history with the New Jersey State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Morris County Bar Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association.

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Separated or Recently Divorced Parents, Get Ready for a New Back-to-School Routine

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 1:28 PM


It's a common situation many spouses on the brink of divorce muddle through the school year, concerned that announcing a separation will derail their kids' ability to study hard. These couples generally hold off until June, or more precisely, until right after the...

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Politics & Religion: Are Pro-Marriage Supporters Waging a New War On Divorce?

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 1:22 PM

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 19 US states plus the District of Columbia, with court cases pending in 30 more and one appeals case in Utah (now cleared to head to the U.S. Supreme Court), which could make for a nationwide sweep legalizing gay marriage as early...

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When Parents of a Child With Autism Divorce: Separating Myth From Reality

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 2:41 PM

It's easy to get wrapped up in headline-grabbing statistics, which is why I am both disheartened but not surprised to see that as April's Autism Awareness Month has gotten underway along with getting a lot of play in social media lately with claims that 80 percent of married...

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Mothers vs. Fathers vs. Parents: Court Decision Banning Fathers From the Delivery Room Raises Questions for Alternative Families

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Does a father have the right to be present at the birth of his child? In New Jersey, the answer to this question, in some cases, is no, according to a recent court decision in which a Superior Court judge ruled that, in certain situations, pregnant mothers can...

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Three Reasons Why January May Be the Best Time to File for Divorce

(5) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Across the U.S., January typically sees the most new divorce filings of the calendar year, earning it the nickname, "Divorce Month." There is an intuitive reason for this, of course, as January is traditionally a time of new beginnings. When the New Year rolls around, many people commit...

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Making the Best of this Pre-Divorce Holiday Season

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 9:04 PM

If you and your spouse are gearing up to file for divorce in January, you are not alone. The first month of the year is nicknamed "divorce month" because of the annual spike in divorce filings that typically take place in January. The most popular day of the year to...

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How Our Schools Can Better Serve Children of Divorce

(32) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 10:05 PM

What did you do over your summer vacation?

As the new school year gets underway across the country, it's time once again for students to take out paper and pencil and explain to their teachers all that's happened in their lives since the end of June. For many kids,...

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At What Point Do Fetuses Have Rights? Legal Protection for Unborn Children Is Increasing

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 5:52 PM

When a pregnant woman is attacked in an act of domestic violence, how many victims are there? In New Jersey, the answer to this question is becoming a little clearer thanks to a recent Superior Court ruling which says pregnant women threatened with domestic violence can now seek...

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Divorce: Take Time for Emotional Clarity in Decisions

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:03 PM

When her marriage of 15 years broke down, Maria (whose name has been changed to protect confidentiality) made it abundantly clear that she wanted to get her divorce over with as quickly as possible. She came in not caring what happened to the family home and other marital assets she...

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'Tis the Season... To Give Divorce Gifts?

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 7:45 PM

During a meeting right around the holidays last year, I couldn't help but notice the unique necklace my client was wearing. It was a beautifully wrought broken heart pendant with a blaze of diamonds right down the middle. When I commented on it, she told me that as part of...

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Dealing with Disasters & Aftermath Of Superstorm Sandy, Divorced or Not

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 11:45 AM

The physical aftermath of Superstorm Sandy has been nothing short of gut wrenching: lives lost and businesses destroyed; New Jersey's famous shoreline shredded; parts of Queens, NY obliterated by a threefold wrath of wind, water, and fire; gas rationing, impassable roads and thousands still without power.

However, this is...

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Binders Full of Divorce Clients? How To Election-Proof Your Marriage

(93) Comments | Posted October 27, 2012 | 1:48 PM

Donna believes in universal healthcare. Frank thinks a single-payer system is akin to communism. Donna wants to give automatic visas to undocumented workers already living in the U.S. and Frank wants to crack down on illegal immigrants in order to protect American jobs. Donna believes increased government spending on things...

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Divorcing Parents: 5 Tips For A Successful School Year

(13) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 12:11 PM

If you and spouse decided to divorce at some point during the summer, have you considered what the upcoming school year will be like for your kids?

Yolanda and Brian didn't. When the pair, married for 11 years, split up last summer, the end of their marriage seemed pretty...

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Divorce and Devotion: How Does Religion Factor In Splits?

(13) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 6:50 PM

Now that the dust has settled on the Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's split, is it possible to discuss the role religion can play in a divorce without the conversation turning into a debate over Scientology?

As a divorce attorney who deals with various reasons why people consider...

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House Rules: 5 Tips To Being Divorced And Still Living Together

(40) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 3:10 AM

Ron and Mary both live in the same split-level ranch they bought as newlyweds in 1995. But the problem is that Ron and Mary are not newlyweds anymore -- or even married. The couple divorced in 2011 but remain living together as platonic roommates for financial reasons. Ron has been...

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Don't Let Social Media Sabotage Your Divorce

(5) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 12:26 PM

It's been reported that approximately 50 percent of all first marriages in the United States end in divorce. But are you aware that Facebook and other social networking sites could sabotage your divorce settlement negotiations if you're not careful?

According to a recent study by the American Academy...

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Who's Your Daddy? Paternity Testing and the Nature of Fatherhood

(54) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 4:19 PM

You may have been in the delivery room to snip your baby's umbilical cord and the first to hold your new little bundle of joy. But before you don that "Proud Daddy" t-shirt you bought for the occasion of your child's birth, a proposed regulation in New Jersey...

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Dating During Divorce? Not So Fast...

(40) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 1:38 PM

Let's start with the bad news: You're on the road to divorce. But the good news is that romance, love and, yes, even marriage doesn't need to end with divorce. In fact, a survey of 2,000 newly divorced people found that nearly 50 percent of divorced...

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Top 4 Tax Tips For Divorcing Couples

(12) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 11:18 AM

With tax season right around the corner, many couples in the midst of a divorce will likely be confused about how to file their tax return. Although many splits are sadly not amicable, this is an important time to put aside your differences, sit down with your current or former...

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6 Ways Divorced Parents Can Get More Time With Their Children During the Holidays

(42) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 2:55 AM

Holidays usually mean family time. If you are divorced or legally separated and your scheduled parenting plan says your children will be spending the holidays with your ex-spouse, you might be wondering how you can make some arrangement to still see your children.

There are a number of ways...

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