Peter C. Paras
New Jersey Divorce & Family Law Attorney
Peter C. Paras has devoted his professional life to the exclusive practice of family law since his graduation from law school in 1976. He has been guided by three principles throughout his career: each client’s needs are unique, communication between lawyer and client is essential and there is no substitute for preparation.
Mr. Paras is known as a skilled trial lawyer by his peers in New Jersey. His preparation and trial experience are often the reasons he can obtain favorable settlements for his client without going to trial. He has written articles for various legal publications over the years. His most recently published article, "Custody to Non-Parents: An Overview of the Law and Procedures," appeared in the August 2009 edition of "New Jersey Lawyer Magazine." Other topics about which Mr. Paras has written are cross examination, palimony, sexual abuse of children, equitable distribution of assets and liabilities and support.
Mr. Paras is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Law Section, and for many years served on its Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Monmouth Bar Association and has served on its Family Law Committee for more than twenty years. He is proud that in 1988 he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, perhaps the most prestigious of all Family Lawyer organizations. He has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by the annual peer poll conducted by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, every year since its inception in 2005.
In 2003 Mr. Paras was selected as the Monmouth County Family Lawyer of the Year. He is also a master in the Ocean-Monmouth Family Law Inn of Court.
Mr. Paras holds the highest AV peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which signifies the "Highest Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.”
He has lectured for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and The American Trial Lawyers Association. Most recently he enthusiastically accepted an invitation to serve as a Master in the Ocean-Monmouth Family Law Inns of Court, an organization for the exchange of ideas about legal issues and the mentoring and education of younger family lawyers.
Mr. Paras graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Villanova University School of Law in 1976. From 1976 through 1977, he served as the Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph J. Takacs, Superior Court of New Jersey. Upon the completion of his clerkship, he became associated with a large New Jersey law firm and began the practice of family law. Soon he became a partner and remained with that firm until 1996 when he formed Paras, Apy & Reiss, P.C. with Patricia E. Apy and Bonnie M.S. Reiss.