|Welcome to the website for the
Law Office of David Perry Davis, PC.
I specialize in Family Law and related appeals.
The profile section provides more detail, but the quick version is as follows. I graduated from Rutgers University in 1992 and intended to become a High School history teacher. I went through the Family Court system myself in reference to custody of my son and decided to pursue the law rather than teaching. I attended law school with a strong family law focus and landed a clerkship in the Family Part after I graduated in 1996. Rejecting offers from large firms, I opened the Law Office of David Perry Davis.
For over a decade now, I have practiced almost exclusively in the Family Part and the Appellate Division. I've brought two successful civil rights actions over Family Part issues (Leonard v. Blackburn and Pasqua v. Council) which have made the system more fair to all.
My own experience in Family Court led me to become a Fathers Rights activist and advocate. Clerking in the Family Part and practicing for a decade moderated many of my views. While I am still a strong advocate for a presumption of shared parenting, preventing abuse of the Domestic Violence Act, fair support awards, and gender equality, I have come to realize that every case is unique. My clientele is now approximately 60% male and 40% female. I have advocated for as many legitimate domestic violence victims as I have defended against frivolous claims (over 50 trials). I serve as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist in Mercer County and appear regularly in contested and uncontested custody, parenting time (visitation), divorce, child support and related matters in Mercer, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties (and have a few matters in Middlesex and Burlington Counties). I handle uncontested cases (on an "unbundled legal services" basis) on a statewide basis for a flat fee ($600 + filing fee if no children or property to be distributed, $750 + filing fee if a Property Settlement Agreement is required). The notable cases section of my website highlights many of my appellate cases. I have had two published cases, have litigated before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the Appellate Division, the trial court and before hearing officers.
My clients have included three fellow attorneys and two employees of the Family Part (note: this does not constitute an official endorsement by State of New Jersey) and the brother of a law clerk to a Family Part judge who chose me based on her experience with all the local attorneys who advocated before the court (note: this does not constitute an official endorsement by the court).
In sum, having been through the system myself left me keenly aware of the unique challenges and demands of practicing Family Law in New Jersey. I understand that separation and divorce are emotionally upsetting events. I know the importance of taking the time to listen to your situation, of assess your rights and obligations and provide you with your legal options. Whenever possible, I attempt to resolve family law matters amicably and efficiently through settlement or mediation. But, when necessary, I am not hesitant to litigate and strongly advocate for your rights and causes in court.
Consultations are provided in complete confidence and without charge.