Frederick A. D'Arcangelo
Fred D’Arcangelo is Co-Chair of the Family Law Department at Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. Fred practices from the firm's Westfield office but will see clients in the firm's Summit office as well, and he serves clients throughout northern and central New Jersey.
Fred is a well-known and respected divorce lawyer in the Westfield and Summit areas where he has practiced family law for more than 40 years. Fred's accessibility, communication, reputation and experience make him a sought after attorney for individuals seeking legal help for divorce, custody, prenuptial agreements, domestic violence and post-divorce modification matters.
During the coronavirus outbreak and while social distancing is encouraged by government and health officials, Fred remains available for phone consultations. Understanding that the enforcement of quarantine measures can make already stressful family circumstances even more so, Fred will make all necessary accommodations to continue serving the needs of his clients, including taking calls on his direct line (908-598-8525) and arranging telephone consultations with new clients.
Fred has extensive litigation experience in divorce, child custody, domestic violence, and post-judgment enforcement matters, as well as in the preparation of pre-nuptial agreements. Fred is also a divorce and custody mediator in the Westfield and Summit areas. He completed the Rutgers Law School course on divorce mediation and has successfully mediated many matters. Fred is also trained in the new and growing field of collaborative divorce law, which enables a divorcing couple to resolve all marital issues in a non-confrontational and cost effective manner. In collaborative divorce law, the parties and their attorneys sign a participation agreement under which they agree not to initiate litigation while they are involved in the collaborative process, and to use professionals on a joint basis to assist in resolution of financial and family issues. This process gives the parties and their attorneys a framework to discuss problems with a view toward resolution, which puts the well-being of the parties and their children in the forefront and avoids the stress that accompanies lengthy and expensive divorce litigation. Collaborative law techniques can also be used to resolve post-judgment issues.
Fred serves as a Panelist on the Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel in Union County, on which he is regularly appointed as a Blue Ribbon Panelist. The panel is made up of experienced matrimonial and family law attorneys whose primary practice is divorce and family law. The goal of the Early Settlement Panel, and the Panelists who volunteer, is to assist litigants in equitably settling their issues in the most cost-effective manner whenever possible.
He serves on the Family Law Committee of the Union County Bar Association, and has served on the District XII Ethics Committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
J.D., New York Law School, 1978
B.A., Fairfield University, 1974
United States District Court District of New Jersey, 1978
New Jersey State Bar Association
Union County Bar Association