Carl’s prior civil litigation experience allows him to confidently try divorce cases. His years spent prosecuting in multiple municipalities helps him navigate domestic violence disputes. His avocation as a professional writer of fiction informs Carl’s persuasive and creative legal briefs in the trial and appellate courts of our State. Carl’s national articles and books written on the subject of New Jersey divorce law keep him on the cutting edge of the field.
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Formerly of Hunterdon County, and now a Burlington County resident, Carl has successfully represented hundreds of New Jersey divorce clients in his decade plus in practice.
Carl is the author of Happily EVEN After: The Guide to Divorce in New Jersey, a 200+ page overview of New Jersey divorce law aimed at consumers that can be found for sale online or available on loan in almost every public library in the State. Happily EVEN After has appeared in the top 250 best sellers on Amazon under the category of ‘divorce and separation’ since it was first published in 2019. Carl has also authored Building a Matrimonial Law Practice, a national guide on family law practice and divorce law for other attorneys.
Carl has earned a reputation as a dedicated, honest, and tenacious attorney both in the courtroom and out. Carl has also earned the reputation as a ‘thought-leader’ in the field of New Jersey divorce law and in practice management. Carl’s practice focuses not only on results, but on client satisfaction and service. Carl frequently represents other attorneys and his practice also emphasizes work with fellow business owners and creatives.
Carl has been quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal about changes to palimony law and has been published multiple times in both national family law magazines as well as the New Jersey Law Journal about divorce and family law.
Carl was the first lawyer in the United States to write a national article on the subject of Bitcoin in Divorce, the cover article “Divorce in the Age of Bitcoin” ran in the spring ’18 edition of Family Lawyer Magazine. Carl has also written hundreds of articles over the past decade that are displayed on this website. Carl has been asked to provide comment on divorce and family law stories by NJ.Com. Carl’s book is the most extensive and detailed book for consumers about New Jersey divorce.
Carl clerked for Judge Anthony F. Picheca, Jr., J.S.C., of the Somerset County Superior Court, Family Division in the 2009-2010 term and has actively engaged in the representation of clients in all family law and divorce matters since that time seeking to represent clients efficiently and fairly through the difficult transition period of divorce so that they can go on to live “Happily EVEN After.”
Carl has volunteered as a Somerset County Early Settlement Panel member and donated time to domestic violence education and causes. Before limiting his practice to divorce law, Carl worked as the appointed municipal prosecutor in more than a dozen municipalities (including Bridgewater, Flemington, Bedminster, and Bernardsville) and had an extensive background in civil litigation and appeals, something he now utilizes for an added edge in high-conflict divorce matters.
Carl was formerly a named partner with Cooper, Cottell, and Taylor, LLC where he also served as Deputy County Counsel for Somerset County before opening his own firm, headquartered first in Hunterdon County in 2017 and now in Burlington County, New Jersey.
Carl particularly enjoys trying cases to completion when necessary, although he seeks efficient solutions when possible and warranted by the other side. Known as a tough but fair litigator, Carl is frequently asked by other lawyers to take their cases to trial when they fail to settle. Carl has also prevailed in each of the five appellate cases he has handled.
Carl resides in Burlington County New Jersey with his wife, two daughters, and an overzealous rough collie. In Carl’s rare downtime he enjoys reading fiction and biographies. Carl also enjoys hiking and backpacking, having section hiked hundreds of miles of the Appalachian Trail and every mile of the “A.T.” in New Jersey.
Aside from publishing articles and books about divorce and family law, Carl has also published numerous fiction short stories. One of Carl’s stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2020, and another for “Best of the Net” in 2021. Carl mostly writes science fiction, and recently made his first professional short story sale to the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, a national publication.
The firm is engaged in the community and in giving back and has provided annual scholarships to local high schools for graduating seniors interested in becoming lawyers as well as donating thousands of dollars to children’s rights groups. Carl asks his clients with children to always remember to act in their best interests.
Carl is currently at work on a second edition of Happily EVEN After as well as another book on the subject of New Jersey divorce law for business owners. He is (mostly) happy to again reside in the Philadelphia media market so he can watch his beloved Phillies.
Law School – Rutgers School of Law, Class of ’09
Awards – Super Lawyers “Rising Star” Attorney 2014-2022*
- Happily Even After: the Guide to Divorce in New Jersey – 200+ page book for consumers (2019).
- Building a Matrimonial Law Practice – 200+ page book for attorneys (2021).
- Carl Taylor Law Comprehensive Alimony Guide (2017, Updated 2020)
- Divorce in the Age of Bitcoin – National Article for Divorce Lawyers, Family Lawyer Magazine (2018)
- Utilizing Civil Litigation Techniques in High-Conflict Divorces – National Article for Divorce Lawyers, Family Lawyer Magazine (2019)
- New Jersey OPRA Law Comes of Age – New Jersey Law Journal (2017)
- The Impact of Personal Injury Awards on New Jersey Divorces – New Jersey Law Journal (2015)
- Former Household Members as Domestic Violence Victims – New Jersey Law Journal (2014)
- Exception Found to Palimony Law Pacts Being in Writing (Quoted) – New Jersey Law Journal (2014)
- Navigating Palimony Law in 2013 – New Jersey Law Journal (2013)
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