A BETTER LIFE
If you are thinking about a divorce, you need an experienced and genuine divorce attorney. David will explain the benefits of taking the high road and the pitfalls he has witnessed as an attorney from people that did not.
During a divorce, emotions can be intense. Feelings of anger, fear, loss, sadness and frustration are common. Too often, these emotions can lead to high levels of conflict and stress that are unnecessary. A sensitive and experienced divorce lawyer will help their client deal with these feelings and work with the other side to find fair and reasonable resolution in a civil manner.
As you go through your divorce, there will be times when you will be faced with choices that will require you to give a little bit or stand firm on principle; offer an olive branch or fire off a scathing letter. It’s usually better for the client, and the whole family, to first explore options along the high road and to resist the temptation to engage in destructive and expensive conflict.
Experienced divorce attorneys will tell you that the angriest people end up hurting their own interests. They will drag out everyone’s pain by their refusal or inability to see the issues from another perspective. David knows how judges will look at the issues in your case and can help generate a resolution that avoids high levels of conflict.
“One of the first things he said to me was ‘I don’t do big, nasty fights. If the gloves come off, I can fight with the best of them. But let’s just make this fair and reasonable, and everybody gets out of this with the least amount of damage.’ And I really like that.” – Harrison Family Law Client
THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE
In some cases there is no choice but to fight and to fight aggressively. David has tried many cases involving complicated financial issues and full blown custody disputes. If the other side’s demands are unreasonable or unfair, if they harm his client or his client’s children, then David knows how to present the case in court. In the vast majority of cases, though, he is able to help his client resolve the case without courtroom battles. If you take the high road, when you look back on this time you will feel good about the choices you made.
While no two cases are alike, every divorce involves pain. Even an amicable parting can be emotionally exhausting. What’s more, healing can only begin after resolution. Several factors can stand in the way of resolution, prolonging pain and adding expense. Hidden agendas. Manipulation. Unnecessary complications. The truth is that our court system does not always provide personal vindication. It was designed to resolve disputes.
That’s why, as a divorce attorney, David works to minimize conflict. Clearly communicate. Cut through clutter. Protect children. Streamline the process. And shepherd clients so they arrive at reasonable, mutually acceptable results as quickly as possible. When called for, he will stand up to bullies and fiercely defend your interests. However, misplaced conflict has diminishing returns.
As your divorce attorney, David’s goal will be to make everyone’s quality of life better. His clients. Their families. And, whenever possible, even his client’s ex-spouse. Only then can everyone move on. Contact us today to find out how he can help bring resolution to your situation by filling out the form below, or calling us at 248-295-4116.
DIVORCE LAW ISSUES
- Complex Assets
- Child Custody and Support
- Spousal Support
- Property Division
- Visitation and Parenting Time
- Retirement Benefits Division
FAMILY LAW ISSUES
- Personal Protection Orders
- Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
- Stepparent Adoption
- Child Support
- Parenting Time
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To start your divorce, a free consultation can be arranged by calling 248-651-8668 or by filling out the contact form below.
Your call or email will be confidential, and you and David will discuss your situation. From there you will schedule a free and more in-depth consultation. David will listen to you and your concerns. As David has a more complete understanding of your situation, he will explain the law and the process that would apply in your case. If urgent action is necessary, he will do what needs to be done to aggressively protect you. However, no one is ever pressured into making a decision before they are ready. After this consultation, you will have the benefit of an honest and straightforward assessment of your situation by an experienced family law lawyer so you can make an informed decision of what is best for you and your family in your own time. If you decide to proceed, we will begin to map out the most effective course of action based on your wants and needs.
The court will require that you wait a minimum of two months before granting your divorce if you have no children with your spouse. When there are children of the marriage, the statutory waiting period is six months. Most judges will permit you to get divorced before the six month period expires if all of the issues are resolved after two to four months.
Generally, filing first does not affect the final result. However, in some cases there may be an eminent danger of domestic violence or abuse, removal of children, or hiding and transferring of financial assets. In those situations, it is important to file quickly and seek the entry of court orders to address the wrongful conduct. All things being equal, most people prefer to be the first to file if for no other reason than they control when and how the case is started.
Yes. As a divorce lawyer for more than 30 years, David L. Harrison has handled hundreds of divorce cases. While he strives to minimize conflict and unnecessary litigation, David will take aggressive action when necessary to protect his client, their children, and the financial resources of the family.
David will discuss that when you call. Typically you do not have to bring any information for an initial consultation. Once David has a better understanding of your situation he will provide you with clear direction on what you need and when you need it.
If the parties can amicably resolve the issues, litigation can be minimized. David strives hard to avoid unnecessary court appearances and in many cases the parties and their lawyers never have to appear in court to argue their issues. Different counties have some differences in their procedures, but there are always one and sometimes two court appearances that are necessary to get a divorce. However, if we successfully negotiate a resolution of the terms of the divorce, these are brief and easy appearances.