I would definitely recommend Mr Hartley as a divorce lawyer. Initially Mr. Hartley was hesitant in taking my case due to its particular complexity and his availability (Christmas time). He was honest telling me that he may not be able to do anything given the particular issues of my case and voiced his concerns to me. However, after he pondered my situation, he accepted my case. This reveals to me his good character and his belief that I should not be shut out of my sons life due to past mistakes (a belief that people can be redeemed) and willing to take upon a challenge. He is a blunt individual and will tell it as he sees it. He does not dance around sensitive topics, but addresses them as needed. I prefer this method because it helped me to keep my expectations grounded, even if the truth or facts do hurt at times. He did not fluff or promise anything that he could not knowingly deliver. He is a smart and experienced man that is able to look at the paperwork involved and find good defenses and help explain what the opposing counsel may be up to. Unfortunately, due to my ex already having a consultation with Mr. Hartley months before, I was unable to keep him retained as the ethical conflict was not waived by my ex. There was nothing I could do about this mistake, but Mr. Hartley remedied the situation as I had requested and provided a referral to another lawyer who would take my case. I was sad to not be able to keep him as my lawyer, but happy with the outcome given the situation. Mr. Hartley seems to be aggressive and quite passionate about his clients making sure that they get the best representation, even in difficult cases.