Michael R. Magaril

The Law Offices of Michael R. Magaril

Summit, New Jersey 07901


Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support Modification, Collaborative Divorce, Co-Parenting, Divorce, Divorce Modification and Enforcement, Family, Legal Separation, Same Sex Disputes

MICHAEL R. MAGARIL, ESQ.  has been providing mediation services to families faced with the challenges of separation and Divorce for more than 15 years as a central focus of his family law practice.  He is qualified as a court-approved family mediator and serves both on the Family Court’s Roster of Economic Mediators and on the court system’s Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel, assisting parties in their settlement efforts on the eve of trial.   


As a mediator, he helps couples arrive at settlements that actually work for them by focusing on the development post-divorce life plans for the family as a whole, and then working on the allocation of family resources to allow each party to move forward with a higher degree of certainty about the future.  In connection with that process, he uses a variety of tools, including computer programs to calculate the tax impact of any given settlement structure, computer software that assists parents in managing calendars and the sharing of child related expenses and audio visual aids.  When necessary, he also can draw on a broad network of qualified experts including accountants, mental health professionals, financial analysts and mortgage specialists to answer questions or provide services and solutions to each family’s problems.  


His approach to mediation recognizes that most importantly, divorce and separation are emotionally challenging experiences.  The need of divorcing or separating parties to have a safe and relaxed environment is always honored.  To that end he maintains flexible hours, including evening hours, at his home-like office in Westfield, New Jersey.  In addition to his work as a mediator, he also is qualified as a Collaborative Divorce practitioner and provides traditional legal representation as well.   

Areas of Practice:


100% Family Law, including:


Mediation and Mediation Coaching

Collaborative Divorce

Traditional Litigation-based Divorce Representation


Custody & Parenting Time

Relocation and Removal of Children from the State  

Emancipation of Children



Child Support

Cost Sharing for College costs and other extraordinary expenses

Division of Property and Debt


Post Judgment Modification


Litigation Percentage:

Approximately 50%


Bar Admissions:

New York, 1984

New Jersey, 1992

U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1992



University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, 1982
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Magna Cum Laude 
Law Review: Managing Editor, University of Miami Law Review, 1981 - 1982

Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 1979
B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: With Honors


Birth Information:

April 26, 1957, New York, New York, United States of America

The Law Offices of Michael R. Magaril
114 South Euclid
Westfield, NJ 07090

Phone: (908) 389-0100
Fax:     (908) 389-0141
Email: [email protected]

Family Mediation Works
7/5/2015 7:17:50 PM
Description: As a family court mediator serving in Union County, I read with interest your Aug. 22 article, "Mediators Mixed on Pay , Proposal for the First Three ',Hours" [181 N.J.L.J. 645]. In the context of court ordered family mediation, I respectfully

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4/6/2015 11:50:39 AM
Description: byMichael R. Magaril, Esq. and Claudia A. Luecke, Esq.[1]   I.  INTRODUCTION In the last twenty years the focus of divorce proceedings appears to have shifted away from moral issues and laying blame on one party or another, to something

6/2/2015 2:06:33 PM
Description: What is an Uncontested Divorce? An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which only one party files papers with the court. The other party is aware of the proceeding, but does not file an "answer" to the complaint. In the absence of an answer, the

Back in the Garage: Concluding the Divorce Action
2/13/2015 1:54:37 PM
Description: ByMichael R. Magaril, Esq.[1] Like everything else, the quality of the conclusion of a divorce bears a direct relationship to the planning and execution that went before it. The most important thing in terms of that planning is to work with the