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  • 29-May-2016

    The Safety Word

    I wanted to continue exploring the idea of mutual combat, and take you into what’s likely to be controversial and/or taboo territory. But, if you find yourself in the position of needing a family law attorney for a nasty divorce or custody ...
  • 26-May-2016

    (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Daddy) - A Legitimation Song

    You break up with your girl, man you don't want to go You ask your [baby] mom, please?, but she still says, no! You missed visitation, ‘cause there’s no court order But your ex preaches parenting like you're some kind of jerk You ...
  • 24-May-2016

    Dear Daughter (A Fictional Letter from the Mother of a Former Divorce Client)

    Dearest Daughter, As I’ve told you countless times over the last two years, I never really liked him. I wanted you to marry a nice boy from your hometown, preferably one from an important family. You chose to meet and marry him, instead, and, ...
  • 22-May-2016

    Legitimate or Lose Out

    I have a sad story to tell you. I hope that it will crystallyze just how critical it is to legitimate your child as soon as possible, without delay, without waiting, without wasting one more minute. I talked to a fellow who had a beautiful, bouncing, ...
  • 19-May-2016

    Terminating Parental Rights: A Rose By Any Other Name

    What do you want to accomplish, terminate parental rights? Then how important is a name? It may not be as important as you think. William Shakespeare wrote the very famous lines, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other ...
  • 16-May-2016

    The Man with the Golden Tongue, Part V

    They met. One last time. Though he didn't know it was the last time. It was a public place, just for coffee. She insisted on that. We arrived early and prepared the setting, well wired. He arrived late. He dropped into the open chair across the ...
  • 12-May-2016

    Trial By Combat

    Recently, I’ve been hearing the term “mutual combat” a lot. This terms refers to “combat between two persons as a result of a sudden quarrel or such circumstances as indicate a purpose, willingness, and intent on the part of ...
  • 10-May-2016

    The All Powerful Word, "Like."

    Maybe I am channeling my inner Andy Rooney, but I remember a time when the word “like” was about as vanilla of a verb as it comes. You probably really only “liked” your junior high girlfriend, even if you carved the word ...
  • 8-May-2016

    Mothers, Through Thick and Thin

    Happy Mother’s Day to all my colleagues, clients, and friends! As Family Law attorneys, we get a chance to see different families and different relations every day. But one thing is constant – mothers’ love support, heal, nurture, ...
  • 5-May-2016

    The Ring Didn’t Mean A Thing!

    This is it! The moment you have been dreaming of since you were a child. A ring has been purchased and exchanged. You and your betrothed are parading around town shining your love light as far as you possibly can. There are dozens of heavy bridal ...
  • 3-May-2016

    As if Divorce Weren’t Hard Enough: Losing Friends

    When you go through struggles, you figure out very quickly who your real friends are. This is especially true when you’re getting divorced. What is always surprising to my clients and what was surprising to me personally when I got divorced ...
  • 1-May-2016

    The Man with the Golden Tongue, Part IV

    We knew we had a player. We just didn't know how much he played. First order of business, we assembled our team. "We need to know this guy," I told our folks. "We need to know him inside and out. Who is he? Where is he from? What ...
  • 28-Apr-2016

    Spy vs Spouse, Part II

    My last blog post was about a spouse “spying” on the other, using recording techniques and hacking software. I think that the main theme of that blog post was to emphasize the fact that just because something seems like a good idea, ...
  • 27-Apr-2016

    Initiators and Resistors

    In my class at Savannah Law School we cover both substantive family topics (policies behind child support, constitutional analysis of family law statutes, grounds for divorce) as well as some of the underlying aspects of family law cases that make ...
  • 26-Apr-2016

    Fish Visitation and Other Important Topics

    As a family law attorney, I fight over major life-changing issues. I help clients transition their families into their new normal. I help parents fight for their children. I’ve worked on high stakes international kidnaping cases. I help victims ...
  • 24-Apr-2016

    International Doings in the International Community

    I hope you all had a great restful weekend and enjoyed spending time with your families. As you know, The Manely Firm is immersed in international law and that means enmeshed in our international communities. Atlanta is a hot bed of international ...
  • 21-Apr-2016

    Believing in My Client

    I’ve heard attorneys say that being an attorney is just a job. I disagree. It is not just a job; it is a calling. We deal with matters that can forever change lives. In family law, we are working with people and their children. It is so much ...
  • 20-Apr-2016

    The Man with the Golden Tongue, Part III

    She barely made it inside the hotel room door before he enveloped her. Their clothing flew across the room as though torn from them by a hurricane. She couldn’t catch her breath, but then, she didn’t want to. Their afternoon stretched ...
  • 19-Apr-2016

    Plan for Today, Tomorrow and the Rest of Your Life.

    There is a saying in the legal community that bad facts make bad law. That is because our law is based on a mixture of statues (or rules from the legislature) and previous cases which have interpreted those rules. So when cases have bad facts, and ...
  • 18-Apr-2016

    The Man with the Golden Tongue, Part II

    The next month was blissful. It felt as though they spent more time in each other’s arms than out of them. When she could rearrange work, she was with him. When she could rearrange home, she was with him. They did things together she had never ...
  • 17-Apr-2016

    The Man with the Golden Tongue

    He had a golden tongue. She had never been treated to such a gift of language, of persuasion, of flattery. He could sweet talk the shirt off of a freezing man’s back. And wasn’t she basically freezing? Her husband, God love him, provided ...
  • 14-Apr-2016

    Spy vs Spouse

    Did you read the blog post I wrote inspired by the Japanese drama I was addicted to, “Divorce Chaser”? It was a good one analyzing some of the differences between Japanese and American concepts in the world of family law. On that drama, ...
  • 13-Apr-2016

    When the Hobby Takes Over

    The Gym Rat: All of a sudden the spouse you’ve spent 15 years with has thrown himself into some new outlet. One day he’s asked you if you think he has put on too much weight. Your answer is, of course, no, but now he’s at the gym ...
  • 12-Apr-2016

    International Families

    Did you know that the International Day Of Families has been observed on May 15 th every year since 1993, per UN General Assembly’s initiative? Having a special day to celebrate the International Day of Families shows how important is the ...
  • 11-Apr-2016

    Child Support and Visitation - One Beast with Two Heads

    In cases involving a child, often the two biggest areas of contention circle around child support and visitation. Frequently, cases will only make their way into court because of child support and visitation. As parents, it is natural to tie these ...

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