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Melissa E. Cohen

Attorney at Law


Melissa E. Cohen is an attorney at Seiden Family Law. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced family law for the entirety of her career at a boutique law firm in Bergen County. Melissa served as the law clerk to the Honorable Nestor F. Guzman, Superior Court of New Jersey, Presiding Judge, Chancery Division, Family Part, Passaic County, from 2001-2002.

Melissa attended Seton Hall University where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in History and a minor in Women’s Studies. She earned her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2001. While studying at Seton Hall, Melissa served as a student attorney with the Center for Social Justice, Family Law Clinic, where she gained experience in family law matters. She also served as the Managing Editor of the Seton Hall Journal of Sports Law.

Melissa participated as a Barrister in the Barry I. Croland Family Law Inns of Court. She is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association, and serves as a panelist for the Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel in Bergen County. She is regularly appointed by the court as a Guardian ad Litem, and works as a Parenting Coordinator. She performs pro bono services for victims of Domestic Violence.

Melissa is comfortable and confident both in the courtroom and in resolving disputes outside of the courtroom in mediation. Melissa brings to her clients her compassion combined with her years of family law experience to help them during the difficult times in their lives.

Learn Why Melissa Became a Divorce Lawyer

Melissa E. Cohen


I not only recommend Melissa Cohen, but I guarantee that once you choose Melissa as your attorney you will find that she has absolute integrity for the profession and those that she represents. She is diligent, thorough and truly supportive of the individual needs of each and every client. 

I have worked with Melissa for over a year now. My case is ongoing and extraordinarily high conflict, and I found Melissa after not having a lot of success with another attorney. Melissa is passionate, knowledgeable, and kind.

Getting divorced can be an extremely emotionally heavy event and we may not be in the most mindful place. Melissa's expertise and steady stance got me through a difficult time and I am very grateful for her! 

Seiden Family Law group has gained the best family law attorney. I always felt secure and protected by Melissa Cohen for the past 13 years during and post my divorce. She handled my divorce case with so much knowledge, dedication and was by my side and available for any issues I had.

Ms. Cohen exceeded my expectations as an attorney. She consistently offered me succinct direction, thoroughly explained the processes and options and was open to my (countless) questions. Ms. Cohen was thoroughly knowledgeable and remained unwavering in challenging situations. She was compassionate in her approach to all situations, extending a personal commitment to my case all while being the consummate professional to myself, her staff, the court and opposition.

Melissa changed my sons (and my) life for the better. I was seeking to relocate over 1000 miles out of state, which is not an easy feat in New Jersey. It was a long, stressful, and tough process. Our case ended up going the mile to trial. Melissa was completely responsive throughout the whole process, answered every crazy question I had, and eased my worries. Her true skills shined in the courtroom. In the end, we won our case and I was granted the relocation. I honestly couldn’t have asked for better representation, and a better person to emotionally guide me through the process. I would whole heartedly recommend Melissa to any friends and family who were seeking family law representation.

I retained Ms. Cohen regarding a sensitive family matter. She has been nothing but knowledgeable, prompt, and reliable. The dedication she has to her practice is unparalleled. Initially, I was emotional and wavering. Ms. Cohen sensitively and professionally explained the law and decisions (although difficult) I had to make for the safety of myself and my daughter. She thoroughly explains all possible routes and outcomes. Ms. Cohen has a human touch coupled with a fierce loyalty that is an immeasurable benefit when considering a family law attorney. As I continue my journey through family law, her guidance and representation is nothing short of excellence. I have recommended her and will continue to do so.

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