The main focus of my practice is family law. Family law is a broad category of law and includes family issues related to child custody, child support, divorce, uncontested divorce, and adoption. I have many years of experience in family law and I am an unwavering advocate who is committed to representing your best interests as well as your family’s best interests. I truly believe in seeking the most peaceful road to resolution possible.

Child Custody & Child Support

Issues surrounding children, such as child custody and child support, are sometimes the most contentious elements in a divorce. There are many types of child custody including sole, joint, physical, and legal. I will advise you on the pros and cons of each of these and help you select the best option based on your individual circumstances. When parents cannot agree on child custody and child support issues, we can often settle these disputes with arbitration or mediation. Many times, the courts require the use of these non-adversarial strategies. A neutral third party or panel listens to both sides in order to help parents reach an agreed resolution. I will act as your legal advisor during these processes and help you prepare for the series of meetings. However, in the case of alleged abuse, it may be necessary to go to court.

Divorce & Uncontested Divorce

In the case of divorce, I work closely with clients to take account of assets, debts, and pensions. For the most part, equitable distribution prevails, so you can expect things of value to be split in half. If parties cannot agree among themselves or with mediation, the only other alternative will be to go to court. I am a powerful litigator and will ensure that all of the needed documents and witnesses are in place.

Uncontested divorce is simple and inexpensive but it may not be right for everyone. I will evaluate your individual circumstances and advise on which is the best option.


As an adoption attorney, I help clients with all of the legal aspects of adopting a child, including relinquishing rights of the biological parents. Adoptions can be a complex process and it’s important to use an experienced attorney. I am well versed in adoption law. I prepare and review all of the paperwork and provide in-person representation in court. I ensure that everything is done within the laws in the jurisdiction.

Christine S. Cook, Family Law Attorney

1600 N Palafox Street

Pensacola, Florida 32501