Attorney David O’Sullivan, founder of O’Sullivan Law Group, LLC, is dedicated to providing quality legal services to clients throughout Morris County, Bergen County, and the surrounding areas from our Morristown offices. Because of his reputation in the legal community, he has had the honor of being included in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ Edition for both 2015 and 2016.
To benefit from his legal guidance in your complex family law or divorce case, please call our firm at (973) 947-8699 to schedule a consultation.
As a practice area, family law deals with real issues that affect real people and, mistakenly is thought of as being limited to “divorce law.” While divorce litigation is a large part of our practice, our family clients have issues that include, modification and/or enforcement of prior support orders, palimony, negotiation and drafting of both pre and postnuptial agreements, custody and parenting time, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and marital torts, domestic partnerships/civil unions/same sex marriages, equitable division of assets, annulments, and adoptions. Our firm focuses on family law because we recognize both the importance and the complexity of the issues confronting our clients. We understand the seriousness of the work that we do on their behalf and that our efforts will have a lasting impact on our clients and their families long after our work is completed. We do this work because we make a real difference in our client’s lives.
We create lasting relationships with our clients based on trust. Our clients always are aware of the status of their case and have full access to the attorney handling their case. Our clients are fully aware of the status of their case through our electronic client portal at all times. Clients have full access to their complete case file 24/7. We know that our clients are often faced with a critical situation that just can’t wait. They need advice immediately, sometimes after hours or on weekends. Recognizing the urgency of these matters, we are highly responsive to our clients; through our client portal as well as private contact phone numbers that we provide to our clients, we respond to our clients quickly and they know that we will be there for them when they need us the most. Most importantly, we develop a long-lasting and trusting relationship with our clients, many of come back to the O’Sullivan Law Group for legal representation and advice for a wide array of legal issues that often extend far beyond the legal issues traditionally associated with family law. We have also represented our clients in the areas of real estate, trusts and estates, probate litigation, bankruptcy, and personal injury.
There is no substitute for thorough preparation. It doesn’t matter if the case is “difficult” or not. Each “case” is really a problem or set of problems being faced by our clients, and each one of them deserves the full attention of our firm. We prepare each case as though it is our single most important case, because it is the single most important case to that particular client. There is no “pecking order” in our representation. As for preparation, it starts at the initial consultation. As our clients tell us about their problems, we begin to develop a preliminary picture of what will be involved -- What type of case is it? Will it be heavily contested? Are there any witnesses? Are there complex legal issues? What evidence will we need to pursue? As the case progresses we continually refine our strategy and litigation tactics, always with an eye towards a possible settlement. We never “relax” our strategy and we continue to prepare as though we are proceeding to a trial until a settlement is reached or we are in the courtroom trying the case.
Our obligation to our client is clear and simple - we are trusted advisors and advocates. We are always honest with our clients and give them candid appraisals of their case at any given point in time. Sometimes we tell our clients something they might not want to hear, but it is critically important that they always have a clear set of expectations with regard to the outcome of their case. Once a decision is reached with regard to a particular legal tactic or strategy, it is then becomes our responsibility to follow through with that decision and to advance our client’s interests.
Our clients know, from the initial consultation forward, that we take our jobs very seriously. Our clients know that we are partners in their representation. They trust us. We don’t let them down. Because of the deep level of trust that we establish with our clients, they know that our focus is not only to solve their immediate problems, but that we also focus on their long-term security and happiness. We have an established set of strategic professional relationships with best-in-class providers in a variety of fields. As needed, we refer our clients to our trusted partners who provide assistance in financial planning, individual and family counseling, as well as individualized services to help our clients regain their strength and confidence.
We handle divorce, determination of alimony and child support, dissolution of civil unions/same sex marriages, post-judgment modifications to alimony and child support, relocation/move away cases, domestic violence, adoptions, issues regarding child abuse and neglect, child custody and parenting time, prenuptial and mid-marriage agreements I am also a court-approved family law mediator.
When, as a direct result of our efforts, we make our client’s lives better. When a client says “thank you” it means that we did what we set out to do and we made a difference in someone’s life. Also our pro bono efforts through the Jersey Battered Women’s Service as a volunteer attorney. We routinely provide free legal representation to victims of domestic violence and secure final restraining orders shielding our clients from their abusers. I personally gain great satisfaction from bringing these abusers before a judge and seeing my client’s relief knowing that, with my help, they have broken the cycle of domestic violence.
Most often I tell my clients that they have already made the hardest decision by deciding to make a change in their life and to come and speak with me. I remind them that the process of going through a divorce, or any other matter, is just that -- it is a process. It is not always an easy process but, by working together and sticking to the process, they can shorten the amount of time it takes to get through the process and emerge a much happier person on the other side.