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Aniello David Cerreto

Divorce and separation Attorney at Manalapan, NJ

4.6   20 reviews

Licensed for 30 years

About Aniello

Learn Aniello’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    45%
    Equitable Distribution, Alimony, Custody, Parenting Time, Child Support calculations, Enforcement applications, Domestic Violence.

    31 years

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    20%
    Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 13. Stop the unrelenting telephone calls from creditors and start fresh. It's your right.

    31 years

  3. Domestic violence
    10%
    Battered spouse, Threats, Harassment, Assault, Battery, Physical Abuse, Violent behavior, Emotional, Psychological, or other Mental issues or impairments, substance abuse, unsafe decision making.

    31 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    5%
    Business formation via Incorporation, Also perform LLC formations, Procure Tax id's. Business acquisition representation depending on the type of business.

    31 years

  5. Family
    5%
    Separation, Equitable Distribution, Child Support, Paternity, Enforcement, Custody, Relocation, Parenting Time, Alimony, Palimony, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Battered Spouses, Enforcement of Existing Court Orders, Adoptions, Name Changes, Pre-nuptual agreements, Mid-marriage agreements, Mediation. Enforcement application.

    31 years

  6. Probate
    5%

    31 years

  7. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    Speeding tickets, Municipal Court, Conditional Discharge, Bail Hearings, Superior Court, PTI applications, Expungement applications.

    31 years

  8. Wills and living wills
    5%
    Wills, Living Wills, Powers of Attorneys.

    31 years

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I have offices headquartered in Manalapan and many more in New Brunswick, East Brunswiock, Princeton, Neptune and many others around the state via a satellite program so I can come to you. Honest, Hard working, Reasonable, Rational. AAU Basketball, former Asst. Coach Travel Soccer, Travel Basketball, I enjoy people, outdoor yard work. I am a sports fan. NY Football Giants (season ticket holder), Yankees, Knick's. Tennis. Racquetball player. I also enjoy movies, games, good food. 

If you need legal help taking your life back, I'm your man. Family law, Bankruptcy, Criminal defense, Real Estate Closings, Municipal Court, Wills, Trusts, Estates,

Litigation is not a problem. Helping people, It's who I am and it's what I do.        

Licensed for 30 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1992
Updated 11/04/2022

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

Contact Aniello

The Law Office of Aniello D. Cerreto, Esq.
215 Gordon's Corner Road
Suite 1i
Manalapan, NJ, 07726
The Law Office of Aniello D. Cerreto, Esq
317 George St.
3rd Floor
New Brunswick, NM, 08901
The Law Office of Aniello D. Cerreto, Esq.
33 Wood Ave South
Suite 600
Iselin, NJ, 08830
The Law Office of Aniello D. Cerreto, Esq.
116 Village Boulevard - Suite 200
Suite 200
Princeton, NJ, 08540
The Law Office of Aniello D. Cerreto, Esq.
197 Rt. 18 South Suite 3000 - South Wing
East Brunswick, NJ, 08816
The Law Office of Aniello D. Cerreto, Esq.
3600 Route 66
Suite 150
Neptune, NJ, 07753
The Law Office of Aniello D. Cerreto, Esq.
125 Half Mile Road
Suite 200
Red Bank, NJ, 07701
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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Shreyas | April 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Knows his way around family law and handled my case perfectly. Desired outcome was achieved without any stress or hassle.
Posted by Michael | August 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thankful and grateful
After eight years of legal losses, harassments, and threats from my ex-wife and her team of lawyers I retained Mr. Aniello Cerreto. This decision was a game changer. I finally had a confident, competent, and knowledgeable attorney. Mr. Cerreto was on time, fully prepared, and countered their arguments with ease. He is an attorney with a heart who truly cares about his clients. Mr. Cerreto and I worked together to prepare the necessary legal documents. It was empowering to be part of the process as well as a great experience. Mr. Cerreto was always available to give me direction and the ability to stay the course especially when my ex-wife's attorney attempted to bypass my legal representation and contact me directly. My ex-wife's attorney, who is from a large law firm, threw everything but the kitchen sink at us from his legal playbook to no avail. Mr. Cerreto remained focused on my rights and through his tenacity to stand up to unethical attempts to manipulate the truth, we persevered. I am convinced that it was Mr. Cerreto’s ability to expose their lies that helped us win. Today I am grateful and thankful that I hired Mr. Cerreto to represent me. I highly recommend Mr. Cerreto for your legal needs.
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Posted by Andria | July 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A sucsessful divorce
Mr Cerreto is a devoted lawyer who takes each clients true needs into consideration.I am disabled and have a small check from the state. Mr Cerreto fought for me to ultimately get a settlement that will make my future a little easier financially. Mr Cerreto aware of my low income even gave me some pro bono hours to keep my bill a bit lower. I would recommend him for anyone who needs an attorney. Professional and kind a great lawyer and man. Regards, Andria
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Posted by Rich from Freehold | July 30, 2013
Honest and Tells it Like it is
Mr. Cerreto was a breath of fresh air. He is concerned about his clients financial as well as emotional welfare. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He is no nonsense, returns phone calls, email, and text messages promptly. He also takes time to explain the process, answer questions with simple explanations and is very professional. My prior attorney just wanted to create more of an adversarial relationship between the parties and get high billing. He is a nice down-to-earth guy who cares about his clients. He is a team player! Call him and see,
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Response from Aniello Cerreto February 8, 2021
RIch is a good person. I remember this like yesterday.
Posted by Jeff | May 20, 2013
Mr. Cerreto a true peoples attorney
Mr. Cerreto is a true peoples attorney who I highly recommend. He is very professional, understanding, personable, efficient and reasonable. NJ law and most attorney's may not get you what you want but Aniello will get you what you need! He goes the extra mile to educate you and assist you in getting a fair shake in NJ especially when you feel blind slided by your ex-spouse. Aniello responds to all questions, emails, phone calls and on weekends too. He is considerate of your feelings and makes the journey a happy one in a difficult situation. As a male on the opposite side of the spectrum where at times the stereo type is that the female gets everything, well, I was glad I found Aniello. He did everything by the law and I was very pleased with the outcome. He is a true peoples attorney a real champion in the arena of divorce court.
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Response from Aniello Cerreto February 8, 2021
I give my all.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2013
Neil gets the job done
Going thru divorce in New Jersey is not easy for both sides I had serveral NJ lawyers handling my case. I kept hoping the next one would be better than the last one. I met Neil, it took sometime due to the courts but shortly after he got the case under control and got a me a settlement that I could live with. If your having a legal problem give him a call after talking to him you'll see what I mean. He is super to work with and was very fair. You won't meet many like him....Thanks Neil again for all your help!
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Response from Aniello Cerreto February 8, 2021
Your welcome. Being truthful direct and zealous to truth and the reasonable result is the mark of a quality lawyer.
Posted by Sandra | December 21, 2009
Mr. Aniello Cerreto is the lawyer for you. He is a lawyer with a heart....
Mr. Cerreto is very professional, knows the laws very well. He was always reliable and completley understood my point of view and always had my best interest at heart. Due to all his experience, he has such foresight into the matters and the best part, he likes to handle all situations with a peaceful approach. I would recomment him to everyone I know. Mr. Cerreto makes the process as painless as possible truly listening to your concerns and ultimately when everything is said and done, it was done fairly, peacefully and with the least amount of pain as possible. From our first visit, he just made you feel comfortable and you can tell his is a very attentive and caring individual who truly wants to help...
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Response from Aniello Cerreto February 8, 2021
I am passionate about people and truth
Posted by Paul | December 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
have lost case after case with my x for the past several years. I have hired large law firms, small law firms, I have even represented myself a few times but all with the same results, I always lost. Fast forward to the day I hired Aniello to represent me. First he was very confident and knowledgeable, his rates were very reasonable and the service and the outcome was AWESOME. I went from losing repeatedly to winning on every point. I wish I met Mr Cerreto 10 years ago, I am sure I would have had a much better outcome. Learn from my mistake and experience, if you need an attorney for divorce, custody or child support hire Aniello Cerreto first. You will thank me later, he was a great find.
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Posted by Sean W | January 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you're READING this, call. AMAZING attorney.
If you need a family law attorney that will bend over backwards for you Neil is one of the best. He absolutely crushed my case to the point where the opposition just crumbled to pieces. If you want response time, professional advise, knowledge, and commitment then call him immediately if you're in the tri-state and or especially Middlesex County seeking help on family matters. Thanks Counselor Cerreto. A++.
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Posted by Robert P. | September 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE BEST LAWYER!!!
Aniello is fair, caring, and very knowledgeable. My divorce was not an easy one, but he stood by me as a client and made sure the settlement was fair. I only knew what was fair he backed it up with his experience and case law. Hire Aniello and you will be very happy with his professional representation!
Posted by John | February 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Class Act
Hes been assisting me through a civil order matter in NJ on my behalf and did a great job so far. Its been delayed to NY so its just a waiting game for now. Hes a smart attorney, glad I met him.
Posted by Tami | February 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Responsive and Passionate
Mr. Cerreto is a very caring lawyer. He advised me on a very serious medical matter regarding my son. I would refer to him again for myself and refer him to others.
Posted by Frank | July 30, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Practical & Efficient
As opposed to many adversaries who enjoy billing their client's more than providing them with legal guidance, Aniello is a practical and efficient adversary. A straight shooter, he understands the case and serves his client's best by working with his adversary to achieve results that may not always be available in Court, A pleasure to work with.
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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2015
The best!!
We went to Neil to discuss our debt options, and ultimately retained him to do our bankruptcy. He truly was hands on. He always answered his phone when we had a question, and promptly returned emails. He was extremely considerate and efficient. He remained extremely positive, and that was so important to us. Prior to him, we went to another attorney for a consultation, and left feeling terrible. We were lectured, made to feel irresponsible, and thrown a stack of "papers" to fill out. We are so grateful to have found Aniello Cerreto, an excellent attorney and a really nice person!
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Response from Aniello Cerreto February 8, 2021
I try to put myself in peoples shoes.
Posted by john | February 12, 2014
An Excellent Lawyer!!!!
I needed an a lawyer to handle a post divorce matter in a very quick time frame. I asked Aniello and he was quick to answer my questions and gave me frank and responsible answers to all my questions. He handled my sitaution very very well. He , in fact, went above and beyond what was expected. He represnted me with the utmost diligence and I felt very secure in what and how he was handling my case. I was very happy with the outcome, as he saved me not only financially but also saved me from possible arrest. i am very thankfull I had Aniello on my side.
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Response from Aniello Cerreto February 8, 2021
And I would do it again.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2014
A very positive experience!
Aniello handled my divorce in a very professional manner and with consideration for what I was going through. I received the right advice and was guided through the process every step of the way. I would recommend Aneillo and I am so glad that I chose him to handle my case. He had the experience to advise me correctly .
Response from Aniello Cerreto February 8, 2021
Experience does help me to help you!
Posted by April | May 24, 2013
saved my divorce
Mr Cerreto came into my divorce, towards the end, after a very long fight on my own. a fight in which I was losing very badly. I didn't know what I was doing and I couldn't find an attorney thatthat would help me after being so far along into the divorce. Mr Cerreto took a landslide and slowly put it back in my favor. there is not a professional in any profession that I would recommend more highly!!!
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Response from Aniello Cerreto February 8, 2021
Truth, slow and steady wins the race.
Posted by Darlene | May 17, 2013
Without question, he is the one to use...
Mr. Cerreto is an excellent attorney who I highly recommend... Very professional and personable and gets the job done quickly and efficiently..Responds imnediately to any calls you may have, and actuallly creates a pleasant atmosphere, even in an unpleasant situation..
Response from Aniello Cerreto February 8, 2021
Thanks Darlene
Posted by Yuri | May 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Machiavelli of divorce law
I hired Anniello Ceretto in the end of December 2014 to file a motion to vacate a default divorce. During 15 months of dealing with him, he was constantly lying to me, was never committed to his promises, deceiving and manipulated not only me, but the court staff and my wife’s lawyer. In particular: he was lying and delaying servicing of a motion to the court for almost a month. Later he let me drive under heavy snow from Farmington CT to NJ for a court appearance, he knew was already canceled. He secretly negotiated with my wife lawyer, which violated professional conduct rule. He violated communication rule when he refused to convey information, which I requested to my wife lawyer and the court. Then he was trying to persuade me that instead of proceeding with the motion, he induced me to do and pay him $2000, I should settle with small modification of settlement agreement to enforce a waiver of child support, which was not even applicable to my 19 years old daughter, who already went to college. I almost fired him in July 2015, but, unfortunately, let him come back, when got into deep clinical depression in September. He made a fun and sadistic satisfaction of my severally depressed condition. He convinced me then to settle with my ex-wife with minuscule alimony of $300. I changed my mind immediately, but was unable to stop him from perusing this settlement despite my repeated demand to halt it. It was another violation of a professional conduct rule. Even after I agreed to this embarrassing settlement, which was for him a quick way out of the case and paid him 1,750 extra for something he influenced me to do against my will, he still manipulated me and a court system for another 5 months. I finally signed the substitution of attorney request, after paying him 3,750 for “service”, which I was not only benefit from for one cent value, but was harmed and demeaned morally, mentally and financially. Stay far away from this guy, unless you want to be trapped by his empty promises, constant manipulations and want to waste your hard earned money.
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Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2013
High rate of failure
Neil over promised his skills in divorce matter and my wife's attorney ran circles around him. He was under prepared and struggled to find credible points to defend our position. In the end he pressed me with (what I later learned) unfounded risks to my case to coach me to a poorly positioned compromise. As I looked for his replacement - more than two attorneys shook their head when they heard his involvement in the case. He apparently is a traffic court handler who is dabbling into divorce matters and wreaking havoc for his clients. It took me several months to stabilize the damage. Sincerely, A.S.
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Response from Aniello Cerreto August 15, 2016
I suspect I know who has posted this lie because avvo does not allow attorneys to know who puts up anonymous posts. Attorneys agree to use the site as is. Also, this client never voiced any concerns or objections during the representation. I learned of it for the first time when reviewing my profile. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, this purported client (coincidently?) does not provide "any" detail that can be addressed with a detailed response. It's unfortunate after 23+ years of hard work as a caring lawyer that dishonest posts can be allowed to stand in a public forum when Avvo's review process is NOT inclusive of both sides in that there is NO OBJECTIVE MUTUAL PARTICIPATION FACT FINDING PROCESS. Attorneys agree to use the site as is. I have zero knowledge of what this person said to avvo for avvo to decide to allow this untrue post to stand. I also do not appreciate that there is no process to prevent false accusations by meritoriously vetting it "before" it is allowed to be posted. If someone tells avvo a false story and convinces avvo to decide to post it, your stuck, even if you close your account, they keep it up on you. I did speak with my account representative David at avvo before this second comment. Their position was simply procure and post more client reviews. I agreed to use the site as is. How unfair is that?
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 295-295 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Aniello D. Cerreto, Esq.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Senior Associate - Department Manager
  • Garces & Grabler, P.C.
  • 1999 - 2009

Education

  • Pace University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Seton Hall University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Biagio Paternostro v. Louanne Paternostro
  • I completely "destroyed' the certified matrimonial counsel in open court (3-0 in open court lifetime against certified matrimonial counsels.) His motion denied - My cross-motion granted - My client was overjoyed. He was fired.
  • State of New Jersey v. Keith Malucelli, Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County
  • Aniello D. Cerreto, Esq. represented his defendant client through a full contested trial in open Court to a NJ Superior Court verdict of "Not Guilty" and all charges were "dismissed" on merit.
  • O'Brien v. DiMaggio, Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County
  • The Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, after full trial, dismissed the Temporary Restraining Order of the wife on merit.
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Associations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2010 - Present
  • Monmouth County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (16)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Cerreto and I have been adversaries on two cases. He was always available, responsive and reasonable. That said, when it was time to do battle, he was well-prepared and quite aggressive."
Family Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"It was a great experience working with Aniello. Not only is he a great lawyer, he is also a colleague to his adversaries and is settlement minded! I recommend Aniello to anyone who is looking for a lawyer to represent them in a difficult divorce."
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"It was an absolute pleasure dealing with Mr. Cerreto on a divorce matter. He was fair, reasonable, and extremely responsive. He’s a terrific advocate for his client. He truly aims to resolve cases in the most efficient way possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. We had an overgoal divorce matter together, both being not the initial attorneys in the matter. Mr. Cerreto was diligent, competent and hard working with me and together we brought this matter to a swift resolution. Mr. Cerreto advocates for his client's interests and is invested in them."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cerreto and I worked as opposing counsel in connection with a divorce matter. He was a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner who advocated zealously on behalf of his client. Although zealous, Mr. Cerreto was always reasonable, professional, and courteous. The atmosphere of mutual respect helped us to achieve the expedited resolution of some difficult issues."
Domestic violence Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His knowledge and application of the law is outstanding."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Aniello is a hard working, diligent, and zealous advocate for his clients. I worked on a case with Aniello and was very impressed with his ability to be professionally courteous and an ardent advocate. Aniello is also very knowledgeable and thorough! I would recommend him for family law services in the community. He is a solid asset to the legal community."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been opposing counsel of Niel's, and seen him practice. I would recommend him as an advocate for any one needing a good divorce or family law attorney.."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Niel and I have been colleagues, as well as occasional opposing counsel, for more than 10 years. He is a courteous, experienced, and effective advocate for his clients, and he is thoroughly versed in the field of family law. Niel has always been a pleasure to work with as an adversary."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Cerreto is an outstanding attorney with an excellent reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly reccomend him."
Family Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Neil is my standard referral for Middlesex cases that I can't take and for all Monmouth cases. Knows his stuff, reasonably priced, well respected by judges."
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