• Biography

    Kristyl M. Berckes represents clients in all aspects of matrimonial and family law, including all stages of divorce litigation, mediation and arbitration, custody and parenting time issues, third-party custody, alimony and child support, modification of support obligations, separation and marital settlement agreements, post-judgment litigation, domestic violence, grandparent visitation rights, palimony, and domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Acts.

    Kristyl represent clients throughout the State of New Jersey.  While her office is in Somerset County, she regularly appears in courts in the following New Jersey counties: Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren, Middlesex, Morris, Sussex, Bergen, Hudson, Union, Essex, Passaic, Mercer, Ocean, Monmouth, Gloucester and Burlington.

    In family law matters, Kristyl’s clients can rely on her compassion, patience, listening skills, creative problem-solving abilities, knowledge of the law and the New Jersey court system.  She wants her clients to feel that they have a voice, and she will be the best advocate for that voice, in what undoubtedly is one of the most difficult times in their lives.  Having handled hundreds of divorce and family law cases, Kristyl is a fierce advocate who will undoubtedly work hard to achieve results that are in the best interests of her clients and their families.  Kristyl believes success for a client is being able to walk away from his or her case with an identifiable plan for his or her future that they are satisfied with and the tools to execute that plan.

    Kristyl was awarded with the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division Professional Achievement Award in 2016 and was recognized by the National Academy of Family Law Attorney’s as a Top 10 Family Law Attorney Under 40.  She has also been selected for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Family Law since 2017.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named Kristyl as one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey since 2015.  Kristyl continued to trailblaze in 2021 by being selected as Somerset County Business Partnership’s 40 Under 40 as well as an NJBIZ 40 Under 40 Honoree.

    Kristyl is a former co-chair of the Somerset County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division where she currently serves a Trustee for the Somerset County Bar Association.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).  In addition, she is a member of the NJSBA Appellate Practice Committee and recently completed a fellowship for the NJSBA Leadership Academy.

    Prior to and while attending law school, Kristyl served as a New Jersey high school English teacher. Since concluding a judicial clerkship with the Honorable James G. Troiano, J.S.C, in the Essex County Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part, she has devoted her private practice exclusively to matrimonial and family law matters.

  • Education & Career


    Seton Hall University School of Law |  J.D., 2010
    Boston College | B.A., 2004

    Bar Admissions

    New Jersey
    New York
    U.S. District Court

    • District of New Jersey

    Professional Affiliations

    District XIII Ethics Committee

    New Jersey State Bar Association

    • Appellate Practice Committee
    • Leadership Academy Fellow (2017-2018)

    New York State Bar Association

    Somerset County Bar Association

    • Co-Chair, Young Lawyer’s Division

  • Presentations

    “How to Draft Efficient and Effective Retainer Agreements (Even if You Think You Already Do)”, New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 19, 2022.

  • Representative Matters

    Anthony C. Major v. Julie Maguire (074345), A-110-13 (N.J. 2016)

  • Awards

    10 Best Lawyers 2015-2016 logo

    2015 NJSBA Young Lawyer’s Division Personal Achievement Award


    Super Lawyers logo

    Kristyl M. Berckes has been selected to the Rising Stars Super Lawyers list since 2017. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Disclaimer and information can be found here, including links to descriptions and selection methodologies. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.