A SAFE HARBOR
Sharing your unique story and getting sound advice from a competent, experienced lawyer is empowering.
A secure and safe place where you will learn what needs to be done to protect you, your children, and your assets as you move forward.
That is why David Harrison offers a free, initial consultation for family law cases. There is no need to bring anything to the consultation unless you have been served papers.
Arrive prepared to give an in-depth review of your situation. David will explain your legal options and offer an initial assessment of potential outcomes.
David will also explain what his approach would be to your particular situation, answer questions, and if you both agree to move forward, will outline who does what during the process.
“We sat down and talked a little bit about what my options were and what the law required. He laid out some of the timelines and settlement options. He ran down the whole scenario, from worst case to best case. We also talked about fees and retainers.” – Harrison Family Law Client
To request a free consultation, please provide your name, e-mail address, telephone number, best time to call, and a brief summary of the situation relevant to your request. Below are some questions you can answer that may help us to determine how we can help you:
- Are you thinking about divorce?
- Has someone already filed for divorce?
- Are there immediate emergencies (e.g., domestic violence, removal or disappearance of assets, removal or threats to remove children, etc.)?
- Any other background information that might be helpful.
You can rest assured that any and all information provided to us will remain private.
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.