Marie I. Crossley

Partner

Practice Areas

  • Family Law

Marie I. Crossley has practiced exclusively in the Delaware Family Law arena for twelve years.  She handles a wide variety of Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Alimony and other Family Law matters ranging from the mediation of small disputes to complex Divorce, Custody and Support litigation.  Marie has recently added Mediation to her practice to accommodate clients who are looking for an alternative to the adversarial nature of traditional Divorce, Custody and Support litigation.  Marie works out of the Centreville, Delaware office at MacElree Harvey, Ltd.

Marie graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 2001.  She clerked for the Honorable Alison Whitmer Tumas and the Honorable William L. Chapman of the Delaware Family Court until entering private practice in 2002.  Marie spent ten years as a Family Law Attorney, and then Partner, of a Wilmington Delaware Law Firm until joining the Family Law Group at MacElree Harvey, Ltd.

Marie prefers to be directly involved in every aspect of her client’s matter and feels that communication is the foundation of any successful attorney-client relationship.  She works with each client directly providing legal advice and guidance tailored to their specific case.

Recent Representations

  • Successfully assisted a Wife in obtaining a lifetime alimony award against a Husband who refused to support even despite a previous Court Order.
  • Assisted a client in obtaining an Order, and then enforcing the Order, to force the sale of the former marital residence, despite the spouse’s absolute refusal to cooperate.
  • Defended a Mother and two young daughters in a Visitation Petition filed by a Father who is an admitted drug addict.  After trial, the Court Ordered Father to submit to drug-testing and limited Father’s contact to a Visitation Center until Father produces a clean drug screen.
  • Assisted a Father in mediating an agreement for shared residential placement of his two year old son.  The case involved the issue of breast-feeding and was focused on how to accommodate the feeding schedule without infringing on Father’s relationship with the child.
  • Successfully obtained an Order for School Enrollment in an Out-of-State school district for a Parent who relocated from the State of Delaware.
  • Assisted a Bride-to-be in the drafting and negotiating of a Prenuptial Agreement to protect her significant pre-marital assets.

Memberships

  • Delaware State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Melson-Arsht Inn of Courts

Community Involvement

  • Delaware Violence Advocacy Project
  • Delaware Volunteer Legal Services
  • Office of the Child Advocate
  • Delaware State Bar Association Pro Bono Award Recipient

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Marie I.Crossley, Partner

Marie I. Crossley

Partner

Centreville, DE

mcrossley@macelree.com

302.654.4454 | main

302.654.4454 | direct

302.654.4954 | fax

Assistant:Colleen Rentz

crentz@macelree.com

Education

  • Washington & Jefferson College, Class of 1998
  • Villanova University School of Law, Class of 2001
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable William L. Chapman and the Honorable Allison Whitmer Tumas, Delaware Family Court

Admissions

  • Delaware