In Dante’s Inferno the deceased poet Virgil acts as a guide for the protagonist Dante, essentially steering the boat and showing Dante the inner-workings of the inferno, the purgatory, and eventually ascending to paradise.

As a divorce and family law attorney, I relate strongly with Virgil.  I am not the hero of the story—you are.  It is ultimately your quality of life that is in jeopardy.  However, this is likely only your first or second divorce.  I have been through the divorce process over one hundred times. 

I have even written a book on New Jersey Divorce Law helping those facing a New Jersey Divorce learn about their rights, their responsibilities, and how New Jersey Divorce law really works.  

Click here to request a free E-Book version or call 908-237-3096 to request a Free print copy of the book if you are a Hunterdon County, Somerset County, Warren County, Mercer County, Morris County, or Middlesex County resident.


So, like Virgil although I am not the hero of the tale, I am familiar with the surroundings and desirous of doing everything I can to assist you through what can at times be the hell (or at least the purgatory) of divorce through to the “paradiso.” That’s why the tagline of our firm is “Happily EVEN After.” We take our responsibility to you seriously and will do everything we can to utilize our familiarity with the terrain and our resources to help you achieve your goals. That said, you probably would like to know a little bit more about me before you decide if I may prove an appropriate guide…


Carl’s Story

You’re probably looking for my credentials.  Don’t worry, they are below and over to the side.  But if we may  work together, I wanted to first let you know who I am and where I come from. If you schedule a consult I can’t wait to learn about your story and to discuss how we can work together to resolve your important family law issues.

When I was a young child my parents had to engage a lawyer to confront an issue that was not their fault.  Although hard-working and honest, the case had negative impact on them and I always believed their lawyer did not properly protect their interests. The incident made me understand at a young age the importance of the legal system, that it was not always fair, and that the integrity and sophistication of lawyers can make a big difference in the outcome of a legal matter. I decided at a young age to go to law school to fight for those who are unfamiliar with the system and to do so in an efficient, honest, and workmanlike manner.

Nearly a decade later I found myself in law school, convinced I would sue insurance companies or otherwise work on behalf of those facing a power imbalance.  My blue-collar roots were a sizable chip on my shoulder then. I took a family law class on a whim. I was not all that familiar with divorce growing up in an intact family.  I was surprised when I enjoyed the course but figured my fondness mostly stemmed from an “A” in the class and a good professor.

When I entered law school the economy was booming.  By the time I graduated in 2009 I had student loan debt, was newly married, and the economy had crashed.  I was a solid student but even the top graduates from Rutgers were facing rejections and delays in gaining employment.

Always a hard worker, I mailed out hundreds of resumes including one to every judge in the state seeking a one year law clerkship (during which I hoped to ride out the recession and gain contacts for more long-term employment).  The first judge that offered me a job just so happened to be a family law judge in Somerset County (Judge Picheca, J.S.C.).  I took the job offer on the spot and we moved to Central New Jersey.

During the clerkship I saw firsthand that power dynamics and the importance of lawyers in family courts cannot be underestimated.  I took an active interest in the family law motions and the important issues of custody, alimony, and the division of assets.  Who can have less of a say in a case than a young child whose parents are divorcing or separating? My judge mentored me not only in the law but in discipline, being practical, and not allowing your ego to interfere with your client’s best interests.

Following my clerkship I worked for a respected family law firm near Princeton, New Jersey. I later partnered in a firm that eventually became Cooper, Cottell, and Taylor, LLC, where I was both a named partner and also served as Deputy County Counsel for Somerset County for several years. During this period of time I still practiced family law but also served in many public sector positions, including not just Deputy County Counsel for Somerset County but also Township Attorney of East Amwell Township, municipal prosecutor for ten separate local municipalities, and lead counsel to the Somerset County Construction Board of Appeals and Somerset County Agriculture Development Board.  I litigated many important civil litigation cases in both state and federal courts as well as multiple successes in the Appellate Division.  Thus my experience in civil litigation in federal and state courts is now beneficial in handling complex divorce litigation. 

In November 2017, nearly a decade after passing the New Jersey bar, and now the father of two daughters, I left the partnership to open Carl Taylor Law, LLC.  I opened in Hunterdon County so I could be close to our house and walk my daughter to the school bus every morning. I transitioned the firm to move away from public sector work so I could focus on my passion: divorce and family law.  Now, I go off to work each day with a smile on my face as I get to lead a team of dedicated staff in working hard for our clients, protecting their rights, and ensuring that every client will have their say in court and the results they deserve. When you stop in we want you to feel welcome and that you are not just a client, but part of our team.  Indeed, attorneys and clients work closely together in family law matters and we’ll need to rely on each other to obtain the best results.

I look forward to working with you and hope you will be another person we have helped to happily EVEN after.

About Carl

Carl has been quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal on the subject of changes to palimony law and has been published multiple times in both national family law magazines as well as the New Jersey Law Journal on the subject of divorce and family law.  To learn more about the divorce process access Carl’s complimentary New Jersey Divorce Process Guide, click here:  Carl is also the author of Happily Even After: the New Jersey Divorce Guide. 

Carl clerked for Judge Picheca, 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 efficiently and fairly represent clients through the difficult transition period of divorce so that they can go on to live “Happily EVEN After.” Carl volunteers as a Somerset County Early Settlement Panel member and has donated time to domestic violence education and causes.

Carl resides locally in Flemington, Hunterdon County with his wife, two daughters, and an overzealous rough collie. Carl is active in the community. In Carl’s rare downtime he enjoys reading presidential biographies and hiking and backpacking, having section hiked over three hundred miles of the Appalachian Trail and every mile of the “A.T.” in New Jersey. The firm is engaged in the community and in giving back to Hunterdon County.

Carl A. Taylor III is an experienced attorney with deep roots in Central New Jersey.  Carl, his partner Lisa Browning, and Firm Staff can assist you with your important family and divorce issues.

Carl has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.*  Carl is ranked as a 10.0 attorney by Avvo.**

[Note: If you wish to schedule an initial consultation with my firm, I welcome the opportunity to meet with you. Simply call 908-237-3096, email me at, or click this link to schedule your own divorce consult online. 

About You

Your Divorce is not a “Game” and shouldn’t be treated as such. Although courtroom procedure and minutia will have to be dealt with, Divorces and family law matters are often a highly personal process that will likely have a great impact upon your future and that of your children. Just as your future changed the day you got married so it will change again the day you or your partner file for divorce and again once the divorce is finalized.

Although a lot goes into the divorce process itself, We can help assist you in crafting a Divorce that will reference your future goals.  What is your ideal parenting arrangement?  What assets will you be entitled to? How can we make sure your Prenuptial Agreement will be Enforced?  What type of Alimony and Child Support Should be Paid?  These are all decisions that will have a long-term impact on your life and the lives of your children.  Our firm’s tagline is “Happily Even After” as a Reminder to Our Clients and Our Firm that Divorce should never be viewed in a vacuum but rather in a global and holistic manner always keeping a long view toward the future and working towards a breathing document that can address future issues as they arise to avoid costly future litigation.

In divorce and family law matters, we can assist you in a wide range of complex and traditional family court matters such as working to preserve your assets during a divorce, the handling of domestic violence trials, litigating disputed custody, litigating alimony and child support issues, post-judgment motion practice, appeals, and the drafting of prenuptial agreements.

We will work efficiently to design and implement effective legal strategy for your specific case. You will be advised of a realistic range of outcomes and the cost/benefit of pursuing such outcomes. Sometimes that means pursuing amicable settlement, sometimes it requires aggressive litigation. You will be seen as an individual rather than just another file and we will work towards your narrowly tailored goals.

The hallmark of the firm is an emphasis on strong attorney-client communications to help ensure strong results. We welcome feedback as every case is unique and the ultimate goals of each client are likewise unique.

Disclaimers:  The website is considered attorney advertising that has not been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. This website is owned/operated by Carl Taylor Law, LLC and is specific to Carl Taylor Law, LLC’s family law practice. Carl Taylor Law’s primary website is  Carl also maintains a local government law website/blog at The information contained on this website or blog are for informational and advertising purposes and do not constitute legal advice, which must be based on the specific facts of your case. No attorney-client privilege is created until you formally retain this firm. *The “Super Lawyers” list by Thomson Reuters selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. To learn more about the Super Lawyers selection process, please click here.   

Your New Jersey Divorce Lawyer:

If you’re considering a New Jersey divorce or Family Law action contact me to discuss your options.  You can schedule an initial consultation by calling my office at 908-237-3096 or by scheduling your own divorce consultation online by clicking here.

**The Avvo rating (between 1 and 10) is based on a mathematical formula developed by legal professionals and people looking for legal services. The model takes into account information the lawyer has included on his or her profile, including experience, publications, and awards, in addition to information collected by Avvo from public sources like state bar associations and lawyer websites. Any information that affects the Avvo Rating is visible in an attorney’s profile. There is no bias, and the rating cannot be bought. To learn more about the Avvo rating process, please click here.

***There are no guarantee of results as every case is different and the above is merely a sample of more interesting matters Carl has been involved in.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey (2009)
  • United States District Court, Federal District of New Jersey (2009)
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals (2015)


  • Rutgers School of Law (J.D., 2009)
  • Saint Joseph’s University (B.A., 2006)


  • Somerset County Bar Association (Trustee, 2013-2017, Co-Chair of Young Lawyer’s Division, 2010-2012; 2014, Member- Family Practice Committee);
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (Member – Government, Public Sector and Public Interests Lawyer Committee).
  • Hunterdon County Bar Association (Member)
  • Volunteers as Panelist for Somerset County Divorce Early Settlement Panel  (“ESP Panel”)

Outside Publications/Media