In 2017, I began a divorce I had been praying for, Pro Per and broke, and petitioned for the safety of my children and I. Following my petition, came a laundry list of heartbreaking and untrue allegations from the opposing party, in addition to harassment from my ex and my ex's new partner.
Thomas Morton was assigned by my judge as the Court Appointed Advisor, to investigate both sides and our allegations. I was terrified of the thought of meeting this CAA (Mr. Morton), since I retained very few records and reports to support my claims (mostly because my ex destroyed them while living together). I figured it would be my word against my ex's, and what I had been through was worse than fiction, and the person I was divorcing had not treated me like a human.
Thomas Morton intimidated me during our first interview. He is sobering to speak to, and confident in his speech. He already had a long list of VERY specific questions for me, based on research he had already completed prior to ever meeting. Some of his questions I didn't know how to answer without losing my composure, and I figured that was going to look bad on me.
Alas, here is my review:
Thomas Morton is exceptionally thorough, and his meticulous work (on a case he was assigned to pro-bono), saved my children. Thomas Morton found records that I had not seen in years, without being asked to look for them. His report was factually stated, and even though I still disagree with some of his assessments about me, he was fair in being critical of my faults that were true. Everything he said he was going to do, he did; including randomly drug testing me, drug testing those close to me, showing up at my house unexpected at night to see my living conditions, and speaking to management at my work about me. To this day, I am thankful to the point of tears that he followed through, because only someone dedicated to digging like Me. Morton, could have seen what I saw, and realized the reason I was scared.
It hurts to read a powerful man critique you, but honest men cultivate fair justice. I see Thomas Morton as brutally honest with a cause. My judge commented MULTIPLE times that Mr. Morton's report was one of the most thorough and significant reports he had ever read. If my memory serves me well, his first report alone was 43 pages. I've read it many times.
Mr. Morton was not my attorney, and therefore, he said things about me (and believed an opinion about me that I still consider untrue) that I could choose to be bitter about. However, it's impossible to feel negative toward someone so dedicated to a just ruling. He brought out the facts in an unbiased way, made fair recommendations to the court, and ultimately was the voice that helped secure my children's safety.
Thank you Mr. Morton. For doing incredible work, for being fair, and for providing a body of work that helped to save my children. I pray for you often, and recommend you even more. Thank you.