|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.
For almost two decades now, I have practiced almost exclusively in the
Family Part and the Appellate Division. I've brought several successful
civil rights actions over Family Part issues which have made the system more fair to
My own experience in Family Court led me to become a shared parenting activist and
advocate. Clerking in the Family Part and practicing since 1996
moderated many of my views. While I am still a strong advocate for
a presumption of shared parenting (what was a dream 20 years ago is now a reality
on this issue, with equally shared residential custody no longer even considered
unusual), preventing abuse of the Domestic Violence Act, fair support awards, and
gender equality, I have come to realize that every case is unique. I have advocated for as
many legitimate domestic violence victims as I have defended against frivolous claims
(over 50 trials).
I am a member of the Appellate Practice
have the honor of serving as a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist. I 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 cases. I have litigated
before hearing officers, the trial court, the Appellate Division, the Supreme Court of
New Jersey, the Federal District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the
My clients have included five fellow attorneys and two employees of the Family Part
(note: this does not constitute an 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 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 can be emotionally upsetting events. I know the importance of
taking the time to listen to your situation, assessing your rights and obligations and
providing you with your legal options. Whenever possible, I attempt to resolve family law
matters amicably and efficiently. But, when necessary, I am not hesitant to litigate to
strongly advocate for your rights and causes in court.