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  • Support Staff | Morse Law Group

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  • Morse Law Group | Arizona Divorce Lawyer | 7220 North 16th Street, Building D, Phoenix, AZ, USA

    MORSE LAW GROUP Family Focused Family Law WE ARE READY TO LISTEN TO YOU Phoenix Family Law Attorneys Phoenix Family Law Attorneys Custody, Divorce, Separation Family Law Firm PRACTICE AREAS PRACTICE AREAS FAMILY LAW Morse Law Group is a family law firm which means we handle cases involving family relationships, divorce, custody, child support, parenting time, etc. CHILD SUPPORT In Arizona Child Support is calculated pursuant to Arizona Child Support Guidelines. If you need child support, are paying child support, or want to know more, contact us. DEPENDENCY Dependency occurs when the state determines that a parent is unfit or unable to care for their child or children. If you have questions, or need help with a dependency case, give us a call. GRANDPARENT & NONPARENTAL CUSTODY If you are a grandparent or a nonparent and want to know more about your rights and your options, we can talk you through it. MEDIATION With a focus on non-adversarial resolution, mediation gives you the opportunity to control the outcome of your discussions, and allows you to better maintain relationships. CHILD CUSTODY In Arizona "custody" is broken into two parts: legal decision making and parenting time. COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE Collaborative Divorce is a unique procedure which allows couples to go through the divorce process with a team of specialized lawyers, legal professionals, financial professionals, and mental health professionals to achieve a peaceful resolution. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE If you are a victim of domestic violence there are unique challenges and concerns that you may have when it comes to getting a divorce. But once you hire a law firm, you are not alone anymore. You have help fighting your battles. GUARDIANSHIP & CONSERVATORSHIP Many life changes leave you in need of assistance. You may find your elderly parents can no longer make reasonable decisions for themselves, or you need someone to take custody of your child. PRENUPTUAL/POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS If you are planning on getting married or are already married, we can walk you through your options to protect your property. CREATING POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR OVER 30 YEARS Morse Law Group is a focused family law firm with decades of experience. We believe every family deserves a quality attorney who will work tirelessly on their clients’ behalf. We combine years of excellence and creative thinking to bring you the best possible results. How Will You Achieve Your Family's Best Possible Future? At Morse Law Group, our legal team brings focused attention to your case. Whether you need a divorce or are working to find a stable co-parenting situation, our firm has the skills, experience and adaptability to find a solution that fits your family’s unique situation. Our attorneys work with you to: Identify clear and reasonable goals that accurately reflect your needs ​ Evaluate your options, including courtroom litigation, mediation, and collaborative law ​ Execute a strategy that works quickly to bring a stable solution to you and your loved ones Our firm has helped families and residents find solutions that reflect their needs and wishes since 1996. You can trust us to guide you forward. OUR VISION A Family Law Firm Focused on Peaceful Dispute Resolution When families experience changes, compassionate and dedicated representation can help minimize stress, providing thoughtful decision-making about the future. Since our inception in 1996, that is the type of legal representation Morse Law Group has provided to the residents of Phoenix and the surrounding communities. ​ Arizona families can entrust their delicate situations to our boutique law firm. Our attorneys possess a psychological understanding of conflict. Meanwhile, the combination of alternative dispute resolution methods and litigation enables us to provide comprehensive approaches to contentious, emotionally wrought family matters. ATTORNEYS OUR ATTORNEYS JUDITH A. MORSE PARTNER Tel: 602-277-6900 jmorse@morselawgroup.org KAELA N. GRAY ASSOCIATE Tel: 602-277-6900 kaela@morselawgroup.org CONTACT OUR ADDRESS 7220 N 16th Street Bldg D Email: admin@morselawgroup.org Tel: 602-277-6900 Click Here to Find Us For any general inquiries, please fill in the following contact form: First Name Last Name Email Phone Brief Description of Your Legal Issue Case Number (if applicable) How Would You Like To Be Contacted? Phone Email Upload File Upload supported file (Max 15MB) Submit Thank you for your inquiry. Someone from our firm will be in touch. If your matter is urgent, please give us a call at 602-277-6900 Company BACK TO TOP

  • Judy Morse | Morse Law Group

    Judy Morse As your attorney I will listen to you, and advocate for you. You can relax and hand over the reigns, knowing that I will address your case from a rational perspective, with your best interests in mind. Biography The founder of Judith A. Morse, P.C., now known as Morse Law Group, Judith A. Morse has been practicing law for more than 34 years. Judy graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, with a degree in Psychology. After working as an Adult Probation Officer in Maricopa County, Arizona, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School. During law school, she earned several honors, including being named as a Kiley Fellow and being selected for the Notre Dame Law Review. After law school, Judy worked for Gallagher & Kennedy, a large Phoenix law firm, specializing in insurance defense, highway design litigation, Indian Gaming law, and general commercial litigation. The partners at Gallagher & Kennedy recognized her skills and dedication by electing her partner/shareholder only five years after she joined the firm, making her the first elected female partner of the firm. The extensive training provided at Gallagher & Kennedy, along with the emphasis on strong writing skills and courtroom experience prepared Judy well to branch out and start her own firm. In 1996, Judy formed Judith A. Morse, P.C., a small boutique firm specializing in collaborative divorce, mediation, general family law litigation, complex divorce property issues, adoption, and guardianships. Over the past twenty years, Judy has represented her clients in a variety of cases with issues such as grandparents' rights, in loco parentis rights, child support modifications, spousal maintenance, business valuations, property valuations, custody valuations, parenting time issues, step parent adoptions, open adoptions, dependency cases with the Department of Child Safety, termination of parental rights, enforcement of divorce decree, and relocation cases. Judy's background and work experience in the field of psychology and mental health gives her an advantage in complex child custody and parenting time cases. She often involves mental health professionals in the process, especially when children are showing signs of being negatively impacted by the divorce, when one parent is alienating the other parent, or when the level of conflict has become so high that intervention is necessary. For her legal knowledge, experience and strong adherence to the Arizona Supreme Court professional standards of conduct and ethics, Judy has earned the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating* through Martindale-Hubbell and an Avvo rating of 8.2. She is also recognized by her peers for the quality of her work by the numerous referrals from prior clients, parties against whom she has litigated, and attorneys practicing in family law as well as other areas. In order to serve the legal community, Judy serves as Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court. She volunteers her time conducting ADR Settlement Conferences for parties wanting to resolve their disputes out of the courtroom. She is a member of the Arizona State Bar and its family law section, the Maricopa County Bar and its family law section. As part of her ongoing commitment to making the divorce process better for families, she is a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and member as well as former president of Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona. Judy is a also a member of Arizona Association of Family Law Attorneys and both the National and Arizona Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Education Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana J.D. - 1986 Honors: magna cum laude Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts A.B. - 1980 Published Works Treble Damages Under RICO: Characterization and Computation 61 Notre Dame Law Review 526, 1986 Professional Associations State Bar of Arizona, Member Maricopa County Bar Association, Member American Bar Association, Member Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona, President Contact I'm here to listen, and to help. Divorce and family law issues can be very emotional, let me be your advocate. jmorse@morselawgroup.org 602-277-6900

  • Students | Morse Law Group

    STUDENTS Morse Law Group proudly offers a student externship program, providing law students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real cases, while gaining exposure and experience in the different areas of family law during their academic year. Amanda Carrizales Penn State Law Extern, Spring 2023 Molly Li Hui Solan Penn State Law Extern, Fall 2023 Accepting Applicants Extern Accepting Applicants Extern If you are interested in a Morse Law Group Externship please: Email kaela@morselawgroup.org Call 602-277-6900 Follow

  • Location | Morse Law Group

    OUR ADDRESS 7220 N 16th Street, Unit D Email: admin@morselawgroup.org Tel: 602-857-9320

  • Mediation | Morse Law Group

    Acerca de MEDIATION We Are Here To Put You In Control Often, no one is better at resolving the family law conflicts you may become embroiled in than yourself, and what you need most is a professional to guide you through the process and help you negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. At the law firm of Morse Law Group, our attorneys believe strongly in the collaborative method of conflict resolution to help mediation clients formalize a divorce. The truth is that most family law conflicts including custody issues, guardianships and even complicated financial property issues can be resolved through mediation. ​ Sometimes working together to negotiate a solution makes the most sense. Our founding attorney, Judith A. Morse, has helped clients throughout her career facilitate agreements utilizing her mediation and collaboration training as well as her experience as a settlement judge for Maricopa County. Making Mediation Work For You ​ Like collaborative divorce, mediation is an alternative dispute resolution format that avoids adversarial litigation, and more often than not leads to a more positive outcome for everyone affected by the family law conflict. Our office has seen many cases in family law, and we know from experience that couples who are able to work together to settle a divorce or conflict, despite how difficult that may be, usually find the results better in almost every respect. Like any divorce, mediation still requires you to address issues such as property division, spousal maintenance, child support and custody, but instead of having the state or a judge make the decisions, you are in charge. Charting A Complicated Course Mediation not only gives you the opportunity to control the outcome of your discussions and leaves you better able to maintain relationships, participating in mediation: ​ Is more cost-effective Gives you ultimate control so you can avoid handing decision-making over to a judge who doesn’t know you or your family Tends to be faster Can be much simpler Allows more flexible and “outside the box” solutions Contact our office to find out if we can put the benefits of mediation to work for you. A Phoenix Law Firm Focused On Solutions Our attorneys have extensive mediation experience. When you want to resolve a conflict by mediation, our attorney can put three decades of experience to work for you. We also have the experience to know that when you can negotiate solutions, you often have a far better outcome. Email us or call us at 602-857-9320 to learn more. First Name Last Name Email We can create a positive outcome. Message Send

  • Paralegals | Morse Law Group

    Paralegals Here to listen, here to help. In addition to your attorney, you will have a paralegal working on your case. Our paralegals are experienced professionals in family law, who will help walk you through different areas of your case, and facilitate communication between you and your attorney. Meet The Team Meagghi Cleary Paralegal Miranda Mitchell Paralegal

  • Client Coordinator | Morse Law Group

    < Back Client Coordinator Apply Now Phoenix, AZ, USA Job Type Full Time About the Role Our Client Coordinators are often the first person a client will speak with when they begin their family law case. Applicants hoping to join our team as a client coordinator are expected to be able to communicate with clients, act as a point of contact between clients and attorneys, coordinate consultations and meetings, distribute incoming and outgoing mail, answer phone calls, send documents to clients, answer administrative questions, and occasionally file documents. Our Client Coordinators are outgoing, personable, with a high degree of emotional intelligence. They work well as a member of a team, and are able to work independently when necessary. Strong candidates will have good time management and organization skills. Morse Law Group provides employees with the opportunity to experience different roles within a firm, and the Client Coordinator role is a great opportunity to gain exposure to different legal tasks which vary from simple document review to more difficult and engaging projects. Client Coordinators work closely with the firm's paralegals as well as the attorney(s) and should know or will learn court procedures, and how to explain different steps of a case to clients. The ideal candidate must have a strong work ethic, and take pride in helping our firm provide excellent legal representation to our clients. Requirements Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and telephone) Interpersonal skills Emotional intelligence Strong organizational skills and attention to detail with a high level of accuracy Ability to effectively prioritize work under deadline pressure and multi-task in a fast-paced environment Strong computer and document production skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Time Matters

  • File Clerk/Data Entry | Morse Law Group

    < Back File Clerk/Data Entry Apply Now Phoenix, AZ, USA Job Type Full Time About the Role Our file clerks are responsible for storing and retrieving documents including financial records and images. The ideal candidate has strong administration skills and is a self-starter who understands the value of completing tasks in a timely manner, prioritizing tasks according to deadlines and always being available to assist fellow coworkers. RESPONSIBILITIES Performing data entry, scanning, word processing, copying, filing, and faxing Strict adherence to written procedures Assess the scanned documents to make sure that all received documents have been scanned and that all scans are legible Handle highly confidential information with the highest levels of discretion Managing digital documents including encrypted and email correspondence Perform other related duties as needed QUALIFICATIONS Proficient in Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Acrobat, and File Sharing Experience in Microsoft Access or other database software a plus. Comprehensive knowledge of document scanning and compiling documents. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Value processes and love to consistently apply it to ensure documents get handled uniformly, the same way, every time Manage multiple tasks and projects with competing priorities and deadlines. Job Type: Full-time Salary: $17.00 - $18.00 per hour Benefits: 401(k) matching Paid time off Schedule: 8 hour shift Ability to commute/relocate: Phoenix, AZ 85020: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required) Work Location: In person Requirements Expertise with document review, and computers, including scanning, digital saving, Adobe PDF, and Sharepoint. Great organizational skills, and attention to detail.

  • More Information | Morse Law Group

    Bringing Collaborative and Peaceable Family Law Solution To Families Throughout Phoenix and the Surrounding Communities WHAT IS COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE? HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR KIDS? WILL YOUR LOVED ONE BENEFIT FROM GUARDIANSHIP? CAN YOU SOLVE YOUR ISSUES OUTSIDE OF COURT? DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER FAMILY LAW ISSUE? HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR KIDS? Is Alternative Dispute Resolution An Option For You? We find that, in many cases, mediation and collaborative options provide a more personalized, resilient and less costly alternative to traditional litigation options. When we work with you and your ex to find a custom solution, we bring other benefits to the table, including: 01 The ability to fine-tune your custody agreement so that each parent has flexibility and clear expectations. Access to emotional support systems, including mental health professionals who can help bring a sense of closure to your life. 03 Access to emotional support systems, including mental health professionals who can help bring a sense of closure to your life. 02 Thousands of families will go to family of court this year. Many will walk away feeling unseen and like they had no control over their future. Our attorneys can help you avoid the courtroom when possible and have decades of trial experience if needed. FAMILY LAW Collaborative Problem-Solving Approaches To Family Disputes Families often come together to provide support during life’s most difficult times. However, when your challenges relate to family disputes, you deserve to work with a lawyer who has experience handling multiple facets of Arizona’s family laws. ​ The seasoned attorneys at Morse Law Group rely on our understanding of the human psyche as we come alongside you to resolve contentious family disputes. During the past three decades, our collaborative approach to reaching agreeable terms has earned the respect of our colleagues and the families our Phoenix-based firm represented. ​ We recognize that children’s well-being is a primary concern in many situations and support those who wish to become a nonparental custodian for a child . No matter your situation, you can talk with us about your family’s needs. Resolution In The Midst Of Difficult Situations When unexpected events alter the course of your family’s future, we listen to your goals and provide solutions that minimize the psychological and financial impact on your children . Though we encourage the utilization of a peaceful mediation process, we will not back down from fighting for your best interests in court. ​ Our dedicated alternative dispute resolution firm facilitates agreements in matters such as: ​ Divorce, both contested cases and collaborative cases Child custody, including legal and physical custody issues and cases involving DCS Child support Adoption Guardianship and conservatorship If you are engaged, we will also help you protect your premarital assets . Our firm also helps victims of domestic violence and assault through appropriate protective orders . ​ A detailed case review will allow our firm to effectively provide favorable solutions geared toward your specific needs and goals. Share your story with us online or call 602-857-9320 to begin a collaborative approach to addressing your family’s challenges. Do Not Hesitate to Call Us One of our most proud moments as a law firm is when our clients walk away with a long-lasting solution to their issues. When you choose to work with Morse Law Group, you are choosing to take control over your life. Call us at 602-857-9320 to schedule an appointment.

  • Guardianship & Conservatorship | Morse Law Group

    Acerca de GUARDIANSHIP & CONSERVATORHIP Guardianship And Conservatorship Services To Protect Your Interests Many life changes leave you in need of assistance. You may find your elderly parents can no longer make reasonable decisions for themselves, or you need someone to take custody of your child. ​ Morse Law Group represents whose best interests need protection, as well as those wishing to establish legal authority over a loved one. When fraudulent claims of incapacitation for those capable of managing their affairs come to light, our lawyers fight unfounded accusations. You can count on our attorneys’ knowledge of Arizona’s guardianship and conservatorship laws. Contact us before you file a petition, build a case or contend your position in court. Differentiating Between Well-Being And Financial Matters Guardianship provides the least restrictive care of a child or incapacitated adult found legally unable to manage their affairs properly. For many, this is a path to temporarily taking over custody of a child; for others, it is a way to keep an incapacitated parent safe from fraud or abuse. Guardians make decisions for wards in matters, including: ​ Safe housing arrangements Professional services, such as legal advice Appropriate and necessary medical care Enrichment or educational opportunities Social activities and interpersonal relationships Meanwhile, conservatorship relates to the fiduciary management of a protected person’s financial matters. Charting A Complicated Course Guardianship and conservatorship are tools used for intervening in the life of a parent with Alzheimer’s, or whose illness caused incapacitation. However, as the person whose protection is in question, you have the right to challenge the petition. You may also contest if you believe you can better handle the challenges of serving in such a capacity. ​ In uncontested cases involving a minor, parents who recognize they are unable or unwilling to care for their child can voluntarily transfer temporary custody to another capable adult through a guardianship or conservatorship proceeding. In some cases, a family member such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent may accept responsibility for raising a child. Secure The Representation You Need Our firm understands the psychological needs of people in various stages of life. We prioritize establishing legal relationships for those who cannot clearly communicate or make sound decisions for themselves. ​ Tell us about your situation online or call 602-857-9320 if you need someone to care for your child or you wish to oversee your parent’s legal, medical or financial affairs. First Name Last Name Email It will all work out. Message Send

  • More Resources | Morse Law Group

    More Resources Helping Children Cope with Divorce Founding attorney and name partner Judith A. Morse authored an article published by Best Legal Choices outlining the need-to-know's for when you are going through a divorce and have children , included below : ​ What you need to know about a divorce with kids You are juggling your family, a career, and a divorce with kids. It can be overwhelming, as you strive to maintain a balance. Children can often be the most important concern. Some divorcing parents overcompensate while others undercompensate. The conflict of an in-court divorce can make some parents practically forget the kids completely amid the chaos of making huge changes to their lives and lifestyle. It’s completely normal. But collaborative law allows you to opt out of this chaos and put your children front and center in your divorce. What Your Kids Would Like You to Know Growing up with divorced parents has its challenges for children before, during, and after the divorce process. What do they wish their parents had known? Here are six: Don’t give up on me. Even if your partner has complete custody, even if there’s a step-parent in the picture, don’t sacrifice your time with me. No matter how difficult it seems to overcome obstacles, I need you. I’m worth the effort. Don’t lie to me to make it easier. Be just as respectful of me and my feelings as you would an adult’s. Speaking in clichés is another way you tell me my feelings are trivial. I don’t care if “it’s darkest before the dawn,” or if “life is like a box of chocolates.” Please be open, honest, and earnest. I deserve your respect. I need my grandparents and my extended family. I know it’s hard to manage time for everything, including visits with my other parent’s family, but it’s important to them. It’s important to me. I’ll be okay. You haven’t wrecked my life and ruined my future! Just because we’re a divorced family doesn’t mean we have to be a dysfunctional family. Or at least, no more dysfunctional than most families. Relax. Don’t worry. Please don’t trash-talk my other parent. I hear everything you say and I’m watching everything you do, and all of it impacts the way I feel. When you run-down and criticize my other parent, it hurts. I need you both. You’re not a failure as a parent. The fact that you struggled to keep it together for me while you felt like your world was falling apart lets me know I’m important to you. I love you. Partners Divorce But Families Stay Together A collaborative divorce with kids is a choice, and it may appear to be the best choice for your family. Okay, it’s not a perfect world. When your ex isn’t on the same page with you about anything, including what’s best for the children, litigation may be your only option. But damage control can minimize the stress and uncertainty your children may be experiencing when your ex is less than considerate: Don’t make excuses for the other parent – Enabling your ex is almost as problematic as criticizing. Give your child a chance to express her or his feelings before you rush in to defend your ex. Have a Plan B – You should make a backup plan if/when your ex is a no-show. Make sure your ex knows how long you will wait before putting Plan B into effect. Say to the kids, “Let’s wait one more hour, and if Mom isn’t here or hasn’t called by then, we’ll see that movie you wanted to see.” Reinforce the other parent’s love – When your ex disappoints the kids by not showing up for an important activity (including quality time), it’s tempting to make yourself look good by bashing your ex. It doesn’t help your kids; it hurts them even more. Reassure them that dad/mom loves them very much but sometimes adults make mistakes. You Have Choices in a Divorce with Kids You can find legal, financial, and coping support for divorce with kids with Best Legal Choices , Arizona’s directory of divorce professionals. When it comes to divorce and your children’s welfare, we believe there’s no such thing as too much information. If you have any questions about collaborative vs. conventional divorce with kids , check our resources and links to some Arizona-specific websites that may help. Or take your first step and call 800.338.4765 to learn more about the divorce process. ​ ​ Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children. -Tatanka Iyotake (1831-1890) More Resources For more information and resources on helping children cope with divorce, visit Custody X Change, a co-parenting app and website specifically designed to help parents and children with the divorce and separation process. Or view their Guide on Helping Children Cope With Divorce here . Helping Children Cope with Divorce For more information and resources to help you navigate your new co-parenting relationship, visit the Center for Divorce Education , which provides online evidence-based co-parenting education programs for people going through a separation or divorce. ​ Some of the programs they offer include: Children in Between Online (4-hour Level I online course) High Conflict Solutions (8-hour Level II online course) Children in Between For Kids (90-minute online course for kids ages 7-14) Co-Parenting Education Let’s Work Together Our experienced team of legal professionals are ready to listen, and ready to help First Name Last Name Email Message Send Lets get started

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