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  • 25-Apr-2017

    Perception is Reality

    When it comes to communicating, perception is often reality. How one side views the other often shapes how they perceive the communications (verbal and non-verbal) that they have with that person. Let’s take John and Jane Doe for example: In ...
  • 16-Apr-2017

    Grasping Family Law's Moral Center

    People are often angry in family law. That's expected. Trust is crushed. Hearts are broken. Hopes are shattered. It is seldom a good time. How that anger plays out in litigation is critical to success, affordability and survivability through the case ...
  • 10-Apr-2017

    An Unconstitutional Spring Break

    For the past several years, Tybee Island, just down the road from our Savannah office, has been the site of what’s called “Orange Crush.” “Orange Crush” is a word-of-mouth event with no official promoters that is ...
  • 30-Mar-2017

    How is Custody Decided in Georgia Family Courts?

    Divorce cases are often tough for children emotionally, and courts go to great lengths to help ensure that they do not feel the blow of a marital split for the rest of their lives. Determining which parent has which responsibility is a difficult ...
  • 8-Mar-2017

    Five Benefits of Divorce Mediation

    Do you want to avoid the massive headaches and frustrating courtroom litigation sessions that most people associate with divorce cases? There may be an option for you. Mediation is when both spouses meet with an attorney and discuss the terms of ...
  • 16-Feb-2017

    "But I Signed the Birth Certificate!?"

    Let’s talk administrative legitimation. I work with a lot of men who are dads-out-of-wedlock, and are seeking some visitation (or at times custody) rights regarding children they had with women they weren’t/aren't married to. We now ...
  • 12-Feb-2017

    Family Values

    A friend of mine posted on Facebook tonight, “Honesty is the most important ingredient in a relationship. Honesty. Honesty. And I’m going to keep typing this until my wife stops looking over my shoulder.” I know this friend to be ...
  • 6-Feb-2017

    Macon Bolling Allen

    Macon Bolling Allen Black History Month Spotlight Every week for the month of February, I’m going to be writing a blog post focusing on African American attorneys and the contributions they’ve made to the practice of law. I’ve ...
  • 6-Jan-2017

    Hubris

    You would think that staring at four gray walls in an 8 x 12 for three months with several of the least friendly guys you are ever likely to meet would sober you up, would cause you to take a bit more humble stock of yourself. Not so for this guy. ...
  • 21-Dec-2016

    A Christmas Mediation

    I will never forget that day. It was cold, wet, gray, even dreary and just a few days before Christmas. The couple were gathered with their attorneys and the mediator in the small conference room. They looked across the table at each other with some ...
  • 15-Dec-2016

    Refocus and Engage

    It’s easy to lose sight of the important things in life throughout the year, but particularly during the holiday season. A time of year that was once nothing but fun as a child can very easily become the most stressful months of the year for ...
  • 12-Dec-2016

    Too Late

    Timing is everything in family law. “The early bird gets the worm,” and “you snooze, you lose,” operate like comandments in our arena. 1) Mom had handled almost all of the case by herself. She had worked her way through ...
  • 7-Dec-2016

    Ownership of Money

    Twenty year marriage. Two children, both still under the age of eighteen. Husband has worked throughout the marriage. Wife has been a stay-at-home mother, raising the children and maintaining the house. That was the agreement, way back when the ...
  • 5-Dec-2016

    The Supreme Court - Four Years Later

    Four years ago today, I argued before the United States Supreme Court in Chafin v Chafin. When the Court issued its opinion, it agreed with me 9-0. Yes, it was a unanimous Supreme Court with a Concurring Opinion by Justices Ginsburg, Scalia and ...
  • 3-Dec-2016

    International and Interstate Holiday Travel With Children

    Often in post divorce, children travel extensively through the holidays. If Mom lives in Marietta and Dad lives in Lawrenceville, the travel may be just a few hours as they traverse around I-285. If Mom lives in Savannah and Dad lives in Los Angeles, ...
  • 30-Nov-2016

    My First Consult

    On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 I was officially sworn in as an attorney in the State of Georgia. One week later I had the privilege of handling my first consultation. To be candid, I was nervous. Family law is a delicate area of the law. Mothers and ...
  • 28-Nov-2016

    Tick Tock

    Her child was missing. The child’s father had suddenly shown up at her mother’s with the police, demanding his son. They were still married. There were no orders which gave either one of them superior rights so they had equal rights to ...
  • 23-Nov-2016

    The Thankful Thanksgiving

    Jack rested back into his chair and took in the scene. At the other end of the table sat his lovely wife, Sylvia. Between them were gathered his eldest, James, his bride and their two little ones, Jack’s middle child, Stephen with his serious ...
  • 20-Nov-2016

    Tips and Tricks to Survive A Family Thanksgiving

    So, I am one of those lucky ducks that has an amazing family to visit with on Thanksgiving. We’re all fairly like-minded regarding the usual holiday table fodder, such as politics and social issues and economics. We play the song Alice’s ...
  • 16-Nov-2016

    The Secret Stash

    Last Tuesday, while Americans were casting their votes, India’s government declared 86% of its currency illegal. 500 and 1,000 Rupee Notes, worth about $7.36 and $14.72 respectively, were outlawed overnight. The same piece of paper was worth ...
  • 14-Nov-2016

    International Family Law Agreements; Making It All Work.

    I'm not sure how many Americans will move to Canada as a result of the elections, but we, at the Manely Firm, P.C., have an astounding number of clients that need help with prenuptial, post-nuptial, or separations agreements that are enforceable ...
  • 10-Nov-2016

    Murder-Suicide

    Murder-suicide is an act in which someone kills one or more other persons immediately before or at the same time as killing oneself. Unfortunately, murder-suicides are rampant now. They are all the rage. Hardly a week passes that the news ...
  • 7-Nov-2016

    Madam President

    Allow me to wax poetic for a moment here. And honestly, this has nothing to do with what party I support or where I fall on the constantly evolving political spectrum. This is about me as a woman. As a woman practicing law. As a woman pushing ahead ...
  • 6-Nov-2016

    Women Empowered

    We have only one day left before the election. It looks very much like we will have our first woman president. Some voters are elated about that. Some voters are as angry as perhaps they have ever been in their lives. One thing is for sure, most ...
  • 2-Nov-2016

    Mediation Myths and Realities

    Mediation is one aspect of the beast that is family law. Mediation is a necessary evil in certain respects and a welcomed respite from litigation in others. We settle cases at mediation. Or we don’t. Mediation is the process of using a neutral, ...

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