Pete Armstrong has worked both sides of the bench during his legal career. After graduating from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2009, he opened his own practice in Grand Haven, Michigan, specializing in family law, estate planning and bankruptcy.
Following four years of private practice, Pete joined the Ottawa County Friend of the Court as a custody investigator. During that time, Pete specialized in high conflict custody evaluations but always with the goal of determining what was in the best interests of the children involved and attempting to keep parties out of court. In addition to custody evaluations, Pete provided mediation for the court, for attorneys, and for the community, and established temporary custody, parenting time and child support orders in newly filed divorce cases.
In 2018, Pete decided to bring his varied legal experience back into private practice and joined The Britt Law Group, splitting his time between the Spring Lake and Grand Rapids offices. Though now in private practice, Pete’s approach to the law remains the same as when he worked for the court. The goal is resolution, using the legal system not as an obstacle but as a partner in finding solutions. This is especially true when children are involved.
Pete grew up in Grand Rapids, lived in Vail Colorado, Washington DC, and Boston, and then moved to Grand Haven with his wife to raise their two daughters. He is involved in the community, among other things chairing the Ottawa County Community Action Agency and frequently volunteering at Mediation Services in Holland, Michigan. He also meets frequently with a group of counselors and therapists to discuss the interaction of the legal and mental health professions, especially in high conflict family cases.
Above all, Pete strives to help families, whether this is by providing guidance and reason during a difficult divorce or by preparing for the family’s future through appropriate estate planning.