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Melissa Cipriano

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Practice Areas

  • Family and Matrimonial Law
  • Collaborative Law
  • Mediation – including Restraining Order certification
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Divorce
  • Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships/Civil Unions and Same Sex Marriages
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation and Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Alimony and Palimony
  • Division of Assets - Equitable Distribution
  • Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • 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 in and out of the State of New Jersey with a child
  • Municipal Court matters


Ms. Cipriano graduated from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Ms. Cipriano obtained a Master's of Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She graduated from Wells College.

Ms. Cipriano is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York and Florida. She is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Ms. Cipriano volunteers on both the Morris County and Essex County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panels. She has tried numerous matrimonial cases to completion and is also a qualified family law mediator. In addition Ms. Cipriano has taken on the role of Parenting Coordinator.  Her tremendous experience assisting families through contentious situations affords her a keen insight into problem solving for families in regards to both economic issues and parenting time concerns.  She uses her vast experience to help families move through what may seem to be insurmountable obstacles.  She also taps on her business sensibilities to assist owners as they untangle their business interests for their marital concerns.      

She opened the firm in 2003 and the office has been in West Caldwell since 2007. 

Ms. Cipriano was honored as a "Best of New Jersey Among our Most Distinguished Americans of Italian Descent" and conferred the "Stivale D'Italia Award of Excellence" by the Italian Tribune for her "honesty, integrity and dedication to fair and ethical business practices" and her "outstanding reputation as a Woman Whose Word is Her Bond".

Ms. Cipriano is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey Association for Justice. She is also a member of the Florida State Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.


  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    • J.D.
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
    • M.B.A.
  • Wells College
    • B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations

  • New Jersey Collaborative Law Group
  • Hunterdon/Somerset County Inns of Court
  • The Barry Croland Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Member
  • Family Law Executive Committee of Essex County, Member
  • West Essex Business Partnership, Former Member
  • District VC (West Essex) Ethics Committee, Former Member

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Morris County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel
  • Volunteer, Essex County Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel

Past Lists

  • Included on the 2023 New Jersey list
  • 2022 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 New Jersey Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 New Jersey Super Lawyers list


  • Best of New Jersey Among our Most Distinguished Americans of Italian Descent
  • Stivale D'Italia Award of Excellence
Rated By Super Lawyers Melissa Cipriano Selected In 2023 Thomson Reuters

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