Family Law

It is a difficult time in anyone’s life when a marriage is ending or custody of a child comes into question. In such times the added stress of navigating the legal system in order to protect your rights or your children can be daunting. We are ready to help you through this complicated and emotional time by providing excellent advice and representation in your divorce, custody, guardianship, child support, visitation, or domestic violence case. In these cases it is never too early to start speaking with a lawyer. Because we don’t want anyone to put off contacting a lawyer for fear of the costs we provide all potential clients with a free 30-minute consultation. If you have a family law matter to discuss  call today to set up an appointment.

Divorce

Divorce can be a complex process with financial, emotional, religious and legal implications. At Morse & Pride we guide you through this process so that when this difficult period of your life is over you are ready to move on. If required, we will be a formidable advocate for you in a contested proceeding, but before that becomes necessary our aim is always to find creative and amicable solutions, especially for our clients who will continue a relationship as co-parents.

One of our primary objectives is to see that our clients get what they are entitled to without giving up more than they have to. When you come to our firm you are assured to receive legal counsel from an attorney that as a solid understanding of the law and compassion for their clients.

Child Custody

Often the most challenging and controversial matter to be addressed during a separation is custody and visitation of your minor children. In these cases our attorneys focus on achieving outcomes that foster parental cooperation and healthy environments for the children while zealously representing you and asserting your rights.

     No Gender Bias in Child Custody
  • In spite of what many people believe, gender is not an issue in determining custody and we represent both mothers and fathers in these cases.
     Some Factors Considered by the Court in Deciding Custody (a/k/a Best Interest of Child Factors)
  • The age of the child.
  • The relationship of the child with their parents and others who may significantly affect their welfare.
  • The child’s preference, if they are mature enough to express a meaningful preference.
  • The child’s current living arrangement, it’s adequacy, how long they have lived there and whether maintaining continuity is desirable. Also, the stability of any proposed living arrangements.
  • The motivation of the parties involved and their capacities to give the child love, affection and guidance.
  • The child’s adjustment to the child’s present home, school and community.
  • The capacity of each parent to allow and encourage frequent and continuing contact between the child and the other parent, including physical access. Also, the capacity of each parent to cooperate or to learn to cooperate in child care.
  • The existence of domestic abuse between the parents, in the past or currently. Also, the existence of any history of child abuse by a parent.

A complete list of the factors the court weighs in determining custody may be found by clicking here.

Modification of Custody Orders

Often times life circumstances changes in the months and years after your custody case is over. When this happens you can ask the court to modify your order. Depending on how close the parents are to agreement this can be a process very similar to your original case and can be very complex. We can represent you in these matters and help you to achieve a fair outcome.

Child Support