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Steven Patrick Monaghan

Family Attorney at Red Bank, NJ

4.6   11 reviews

also known as Steven P. Monaghan, Steve Monaghan

  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 27 years
    Louisiana - LA 29 years
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State LA
    Acquired 1993
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Alimony
    Contested alimony cases

    29 years, 200 cases

  2. Child custody
    Contested custody cases

    29 years, 200 cases

  3. Child support
    Contested child support cases

    29 years, 200 cases

  4. Divorce and separation
    Contested divorce cases

    29 years, 200 cases

  5. Family
    Family and Divorce Law- Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence, Property Distribution, Pre-Nuptial Agreements

    29 years, 1,000 cases

5-Time Top Attorney in New Jersey as voted by his peers in SuperLawyers. Previously, a 2-Time Top Young Attorney as voted in SuperLawyers. One of the few attorneys that is Certified as a Matrimonial Law Attorney by the Supreme Court of NewJersey.  A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau.  Devoted exclusively to the practice of family law, including complex custody, alimony and property distribution matters.   Over 25 years of experience.  Offering free, in person consulation about family law matters in our Red Bank, New Jersey office.  

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Law Offices of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC
157 Broad Street
Suite 108
Red Bank, NJ, 07701


4.6 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Shalonda | October 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional/ God Sent
Nonjudgmental, patient, intuitive, expert at co-parenting; I overcame 6 years of strife from a litigious angry man and Mr. Monaghan came along and exposed all of his lies, if your looking for someone that will fight the facts and counteract the lies then he is your attorney, he's expensive and I wish I had more monetary to give as he is a great trial attorney and I will always be thankful for his support and thorough education through my historical trial. He family oriented and he understand the best interest of the child and a "Mothers love". Thank you so much
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Posted by Emily | March 31, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good attorney
Mr. Monaghan is knowledgeable in all aspects of family law. I also felt that during my whole case. he was really fighting for me and what I wanted.
Posted by Jay | March 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer
Steve is an awesome lawyer. I did not have good experiences with lawyers in the past. Steve made me feel very comfortable. He walked into the courtroom and was know by everyone. I knew I made the right decision in hiring him. He was very reasonable with my bill.
Posted by Melissa | February 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unfortunately, I’ve had to work with many lawyers through civil cases through out my life. None even come close to Mr. Monaghan or his team in ferocity, cleverness, or genuine care. Mr. Monaghan is in a class of his own, a super lawyer, a paragon. I feel so lucky to have found him.
Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Restraining order
I highly recommend Mr Steven. He treated me with a lot of respect and he always considered my opinion before doing anything. In court he dominated the trial. He is very aggressive and smart. I honestly saw the other lawyer nerves. He will fight till the end for his client. I love the fact that he never stood shut, he always defended me. When we walked in the court room he knew the judge and everyone in the room. This case has been a nightmare but Mr Steven made me feel confident. The trail was a success Mr Steven did a excellent job he did not back down and won. I can't express the feeling of going to court and how horriable it feels. The lawyer you pick makes a big difference. Thank you Steven
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Posted by David | February 23, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
There's no substitute for experience.
Knowledge and experience goes a long way. Consulted many times with Steve and each time I was provided with a detailed and well reasoned analysis. Steve succinctly explains the law and addresses the matter in a professional manner. Highly recommend his services.
Posted by algasior | April 19, 2015
Excellent Mediator, Skilled Attorney, and Professional Adversary- Alexis Gasiorowski, Esq.
I have worked with Steve as an adversary in several complex interstate custody litigations and utilized his services as a mediator in numerous high-conflict matrimonial matters. His knowledge in interstate custody matters, which are regularly handled by only select attorneys in New Jersey, is stellar. Steve's skill in attempting to resolve these matters at a reasonable cost to his clients is unmatched. When that fails, he proves himself to be a worthy adversary. As a mediator, Steve has a special skill in "toning down" high-conflict cases, and taking the time to unravel often complicated financial matters. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by John | March 31, 2015
Exceeded All Expectations and was Fantastic!
I hired Mr. Monaghan based upon a close friend’s recommendation. The first time I met him, he instantly had the ability to put my mind at ease. I had a complex legal problem which he was able to talk me through easily. He was very knowledgeable and quickly developed a great strategy to ensure that I got the best deal possible, which I did. He did everything in his power to make sure that I was protected. While he was kind to me as a client, he was a fierce adversary. He never backed down from his position which was ultimately upheld by the Court. I walked away with nearly everything I wanted. There is no question that I will hire Mr. Monaghan for any future litigation. He was very responsive to my e-mails and telephone calls. He made sure that I was comfortable with the legal proceedings. His knowledge of the law was remarkable. Overall, he was great. I would recommend him to anyone. J.P.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2014
Highly Recommended
I could not have asked for a better attorney to represent me. Mr. Monaghan was very impressive in court and was attentive and caring. He took them time to work with me through a diffcult time and I am very appreciative. He is very wise and easy to work with. I highly recommend The Law Office of Steven Monaghan.
Posted by Jt | January 28, 2014
The Best Attorney.
I could never have made a better choice to represent me than Mr. Monaghan. He is honest, extremely intelligent, compassionate and an all around great guy.
Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2014
A huge disappointment
I hired Steven Monaghan to work on my post judgment divorce case. He impressed me during our first interview. However, he rarely returned phone calls in a timely manner. Days could go by while I waited for him to call me and when I would call to make sure he had gotten my message his receptionist would act completely surprised. When I told him that I was thinking of hiring another attorney he said that would change and blamed his unresponsiveness on the fact that he was busy with another case. Unfortunately, I allowed him to continue and he was better for awhile but generally he called when it suited him. He always had an excuse and it always involved being tied up with another case. Divorce cases are so stressful. Why add to the stress by hiring an unresponsive attorney? He could be very dismissive. When I had to give my input for a court document I worked hard to write my story the way I wanted it told and he or his paralegal would water it down or cut out entire paragraphs and I would see their version of my story when there was no time to change it because of filing deadlines. In the meantime my ex-husband was writing motions that painted me in the worst light and I believe SM's wishy-washy answers which usually didn't even address my ex's spiteful and injurious comments gave weight to the things that he said about me. On another occasion when we were having an email exchange and I was asking serious questions he dismissed me with the following comment: "I know your ex gets under your skin". Any exchange with a lawyer is paid for by the client. I resented the fact that I was paying him to make condescending comments assessing my relationship with my ex-husband. My case was winding down at that time and I believe he was tired of dealing with it. I had paid him well over 20 thousand dollars and he was starting to encourage me to drop my case which I had no intention of doing at that point and I certainly didn't need a lawyer who was giving me the message that he was "over it". I also believe he handled the deposition poorly. That was his one opportunity to question my ex when he was under oath about things that I had brought up repeatedly such as how he paid for his $2.6 million house. My ex said he got the money from his savings. MS never bothered to ask him how he had saved up so much money. He barely addressed the things I wanted addressed and his questioning was very shallow. I was so disappointed in the way he was handling my case that before we were scheduled to go to trial I hired another attorney. I, of course, had to pay to have the documents copied and sent to the new attorney. That cost about $1000. When the documents arrived at my new attorney's office they were completely unorganized. I don't know if that was done deliberately but I then had to pay for the new law firm to organize the file. All of these situations contributed to my assessment of SM as disorganized, dismissive, condescending and anything but thorough. I believe SM allowed my case to get way out of hand and, unlike my new attorney, he never informed about what to expect. You can win one judgment and think you're going to get what you expect and then the opposing party can appeal. After the judge found for me in my first court date SM named a figure and told me how much money I was going to get from that judgment. What he didn't tell me was that a case like this can go on forever with appeals. When I eventually lost on another ruling his comment to me was "You'll get something". He failed to inform me about the negative possibilities and huge costs in such a case. Judging by the relatively quick and very satisfactory settlement that occurred under my new attorney who kept me well-informed about what can happen when you go to trial and the avoidance of a trial which resulted in my saving many thousands of dollars I realize my biggest mistake was hiring SM in the first place.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney Matrimonial Litigation
  • The Law Office Of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC
  • 2004 - 2014
  • Attorney Matrimonial Litigation
  • Arbus, Krenkel & Monaghan, LLC
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Attorney Matrimonial Litigation
  • Krenkel & Monaghan, LLC
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Associate Attorney Civil Litigation
  • Law Office of Linda B. Kenney
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Associate Attorney Civil and Family Litigation
  • Law Office of Dennis A. Pennington
  • 1993 - 1997
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  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • J.D.
  • 1993
  • Monmouth College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990


  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2006 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2006 - Present
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Monmouth County Bar Association
  • Member Family Law Committee
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Monmouth-Ocean County Family Law Inns of Court
  • Master Instructor
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group
  • Founding Member
  • 2005 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10
  • American Family Law Institute
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Certified- Matrimonial Attorney by the Supreme Court of NJ
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • 2006
  • Rising Star
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Rule 1:40 Qualified Mediator
  • New Jersey Courts
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
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Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without question, even when we are rolling up our sleeves and fighting hard for our clients. Throughout the years, I have had several matters where Steve and I have been adversaries. I have seen him in action in court. He fights hard for his clients. He is a knowledgeable opponent. I have heard from many reliable attorneys that he is also an excellent mediator. I am not surprised."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Experience and Knowledge is critical to the successful practice of law. Steve has both. When there is a complex family law issue, Steve is the guy lawyers pick up the phone and call for advice."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"One of the most respectable family law attorneys for his knowledge, professionalism, and willingness to fight for his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been against Steve on several cases. He is a formidable opponent, passionate and fights for his client."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"A strong, zealous advocate who is a master in all aspects of family law. Certainly one of the most exceptional family law attorneys in the state."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dedicated to his clients and getting them great results."
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Red Bank Family Lawyer Steven Patrick Monaghan
Steven Patrick Monaghan
Family Attorney
Red Bank, NJ
Licensed for 29 years