Tanya N. Helfand

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Whippany, NJ

Helfand & Associates
575 Route 10 East, Suite 1
Whippany, NJ 07981
Phone: 973-428-0800
Fax: 973-428-0830
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Family Law (80%), Bankruptcy: Consumer (10%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)


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Attorney Profile

Tanya N. Helfand is the founder of Helfand & Associates, located in Whippany Township, New Jersey. Focusing her practice primarily on family law, she provides representation to clients throughout Bergen, Passaic Essex, Morris, Union, Sussex, Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties who are going through a divorce or separation and are facing issues including but not limited to custody for both fathers and mothers, child support and alimony, property division including complex business matters, domestic violence, DCP&P and Pre-Nuptial Agreements. Ms. Helfand also helps clients who are dealing with overwhelming financial obligations seek bankruptcy protection under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.

Ms. Helfand pursued her undergraduate education at Union College in Schenectady, New York, and received a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1989. She went on to attend Pace Law School and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1992. After graduation, Ms. Helfand was a retail business owner of five locations before entering private practice. This experience helps her negotiate cases with business issues.  She is admitted to practice before all New Jersey and New York state courts.

Certified in matrimonial law by the Board on Attorney Certification of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, Ms. Helfand also sits on the Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel of the New Jersey Superior Court in the Morris and Essex Vicinage. In this capacity, she has been able to provide settlement recommendations to divorcing couples who have been litigating their disputes for extended periods of time. She is also on the list of Court-appointed mediators for the State of New Jersey.  Ms. Helfand is an active participant in several professional organizations, including the Barry Croland Family Law Inn of Court, the Morris and Essex County Bar Associations and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. She has been awarded the distinction of being in the Top 10% of America's Most Honored Professionals for 2017 by The American Registry.  She is also Chair of the Legal Division of the Rachel Coalition.


We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Family Law
  • 10%Bankruptcy: Consumer
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Bankruptcy Law, DUI/DWI


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2021

Articles about Tanya N. Helfand appearing in Super Lawyers

About Tanya N. Helfand

Admitted: 1992, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: http://www.tanyahelfand.com/tanya-n-helfand.html

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Expert Panelist, Essex County Family Court Early Settlement Program  
  • Jewish Business Network, Member
  • Planning Committee for the Jewish Law Symposium
  • Chair, Women in Business event in 2012
  • Chair, Legal Comittee for Rachel Coalition on Domestic Violence, 2017
  • New Jersey Women in Business, Member
  • Pro Bono legal work for Jewish Family Services of Northern New Jersey, 2016
  • American Jewish Committee Global Issues
  • Women's President's Organization, Member, 2017
  • Hosted and sponsored Pro Bono training for Rachel Coalition on domestic violence, June, 2017
  • Expert Panelist, Morris County Family Court, Early Settlement Program
  • Active supporter of JBWS
  • Tikva Children, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity

  • International Association of Collaborative Lawyers, Member
  • Morris County Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Member
  • Vice President of BNI - Strategic Connections Networking Group, 2018
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • Superior Court’s Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel in Morris and Essex Counties
  • New York, 1992
  • Essex County Bar Association, Member
  • Barry Croland Family Law Inn of Court - New Jersey, Member

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Qualified Mediator and Certified Collaborative Divorce Lawyer
  • Certificate in Construction Management from New York University, Schack Institute of Real Estate, 2011
  •  Certified Matrimonial Attorney of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, 2010


  • Rachel Canning vs. Sean and Elizabeth Canning in Morris County, 2014


  • Monthly newsletters for our client's information, eNewsletters

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presented a Webinar through NJICLE entitled Divorce and College Expenses with CBRG, Inc. and Judge David Issenman (ret.)., Organizer/Presenter, Divorce and College Expenses, NJICLE
  • Interaction of Bankruptcy and Divorce, Speaker, Financial Planners, 2012
  • Women in Business and Managing Practice and Family Life, Speaker, CPAs, 2012
  • Introduction, Jewish Law Symposium, New Jersey Lawyers, New Jersey Lawyers, 2015
  • Weekly Article written for DesiTalk regarding family law and other legal matters., DesiTalk Newspaper, Weekly Article , 2014

Educational Background

  • National Family Law Trial Institute - attended week-long intensive program reviewing trial techniques and conducting mock trials, Houston, Texas., 2017
  • Currently matriculating at Harvard Extension School for Masters in Psychology (part online, part in person), 2015
  • Union College, B.A., Major: English, 1989



  • , Top 25 NJBIZ Leading Women Enterpreneur, 2020
  • 2016 BRAVA Award recipient
  • Avvo Client's Choice Award for 2013, Client's Choice Award, AVVO, 2013
  • AVVO Top Attorney 10.0 for 2016 and 2017, Top Attorney 10.0, Avvo, 2016
  • Awarded with the distinction of NJ BIZ Top 50 Women in Business, 2014
  • Top 10% America's Most Honored Professionals for 2017 by the American Registry., 2017

Industry Groups

  • Barry Croland Family Inn Of Court
  • Court Appointed Mediator – State Of New Jersey
  • Essex And Morris County Early Settlement Panel For Several Years
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Morris County Surrogate’s Office – Appointed Attorney For Incapacitated Individuals
  • National Association Of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • New Jersey Business & Industry Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
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Office Location for Tanya N. Helfand

575 Route 10 East, Suite 1
Whippany, NJ 07981

Phone: 973-428-0800

Fax: 973-428-0830

Last Updated: 12/28/2020

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