Challoner Law

Challoner Law

At Challoner Law in Santa Rosa, we are committed to providing caring and customized family law services to individuals and families that are going through difficult circumstances such as divorce or a challenging adoption.

Firm Overview

Our approach focuses on the unique goals and situations these families face, and we help to provide solutions that meet those needs rather than offering a one-size-fits-all fix.

While some firms may push family law or divorce cases to trial, we will educate you on more cost- and time-effective alternatives, such as mediation and collaboration. While there will always be disagreements for divorcing couples, you don't have to bankrupt each other or inflict further pain. Through mediation, the parties have a facilitated discussion that is pointed at reaching a solution. Not only does this approach provide a faster resolution, but it also helps to restore or maintain working relationships between parents who must now learn how to jointly parent their children.

While attorney Morna Challoner is compassionate, you can also rest assured that she won't hesitate to champion your rights.

Main Office

Main Office
2544 Cleveland Ave
Ste 210
Santa Rosa CA 95403

Phone

(707) 542-8516

Fees

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday - 9:00 - 5:00

Emergency After Hours

No

Family

At Challoner Law of Santa Rosa, California, we are committed to fully understanding your unique circumstances and family dynamics to ensure that our representation holistically meets your needs.

Our lawyers handle all divorce issues and other family law matters, including:
Child custody, visitation and modifications — We provide solutions that allow you to nourish your relationship with your children despite parting ways with your spouse.
Child support — We ensure that child support agreements are fair and provide for the needs of the child.
Spousal support — Our lawyers help to ensure that any spousal support orders are fair and help the dependent spouse get back on his or her feet.
Division of assets — We work with skilled experts to provide accurate and equitable division of all property, including high net worth divisions.
Paternity and parental rights — Our firm is committed to protecting your rights as a parent, ensuring that your child is granted a healthy relationship with both parents.
Adoptions — We are honored to help families grow through stepparent adoption.
Mediation — Our firm provides the appropriate type of dispute resolution, mediating matters whenever possible.
Guardianships — We provide representation in proceedings to appoint a guardian for the protection of a minor.

Child Custody

At Challoner Law, our lawyers remind parents to keep the best interests of the children a priority. Unless substance abuse, abusive relationships or other issues are at play, it is important that both parents have access to the children.

Every family and every case is unique and deserves individualized legal attention. At Challoner Law in Santa Rosa, we seek intelligent, affordable legal solutions to meet our clients' specific needs. We place an emphasis on protecting the well-being of our clients and their children in family law disputes.

Child Support

We can represent you in obtaining a child support order, modifying an existing order or collecting court-ordered support that has not been paid. We are committed to ensuring that your children are provided for through fair support order.

In every case, we take a customized approach, working to ensure that your unique situation is taken into account.

Divorce

Considering filing for divorce is a difficult position to be in. We are dedicated to providing clients in the Santa Rosa, California, area with a full explanation of all of their divorce options in a language that everyone can understand.

If you are going through divorce, our divorce and family law lawyers can help you with a range of services. You will benefit from an approach tailored to your specific situation:
If you are going through divorce, our divorce and family law lawyers can help you with a range of services. You will benefit from an approach tailored to your specific situation:
Full representation: We will advise you on all aspects of a complete dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation or nullity, and help you determine which is most appropriate for you. We will prepare and file all necessary paperwork and represent you through all stages of the process, including litigation.
Limited representation: By providing representation on a more limited basis, we can give you only the services you need to minimize your expenses.
Mediation: Our firm provides mediation services for clients who are seeking an alternative to traditional litigation. In mediation, you and your spouse seek to reach a negotiated resolution with the assistance of an attorney/mediator in a non-adversarial setting and without going to court. We can assist you through the process to help you protect your interests and your family by seeking a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Morna Challoner

Challoner Law



With her background in education and as a mother of two, Morna has always placed a priority in children and family. That priority, along with her own experience in the divorce process, lead her to a practice in Family Law. A resident of Sonoma County for over twenty years, Morna obtained her BA in Liberal Studies from the Hutchins School at Sonoma State University and a JD from Empire College.

Prior to opening her own practice she worked for five years for several established Family Law firms in Santa Rosa as both a paralegal and law clerk. She volunteered for Sonoma County Legal Aid, and clerked for the Marin Public Defenders Office in their Juvenile Dependency division. Originally she sought to pursue Juvenile Law, however, she has found that in Family Law she has an opportunity to aid both parents and children through her practice.

"I enjoy Family Practice because it allows me to use my legal background in many different aspects of the law, and to work with parents and their children, couples, and families towards a more constructive outcome at a very difficult time. I am particularly satisfied when couples are able to come to amicable agreements and make their own decisions through counsel. I strive to gear my practice towards outcomes of this kind and to offer my clients a positive and productive way to settle their disputes."

License

Bar Number: 257265
California, 2008

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