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  • 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 ...
  • 10-Apr-2016

    Death as a Strategy

    I'd put our strategic acumen up against any in the business and I'd bet we would prevail. As we often write, family law can be rote. It's still a high caliber question of identifying the issues, spotting the most salient facts, discerning ...
  • 6-Apr-2016

    A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing

    You can find out just about anything on Google or YouTube. I am pretty proud of myself when I’m able to figure out what’s wrong with my phone or I’m able to fix a small plumbing issue. Thanks, Internet. I don’t let it go to my ...
  • 31-Mar-2016

    "Room" for Improvement

    Last weekend, I finally got around to watching the movie “Room”, which won Brie Larson an academy award for Best Actress last month. So, was the movie worth all the hype? I would say it 1,000% deserved all the praise it got; I thought it ...
  • 29-Mar-2016

    What's in a Name?

    As many of my friends and clients begin their process towards marriage or are reaching the tail end of their divorce the same question comes up. “Are you going to change your name?” It is a question that many girls have been debating ...
  • 27-Mar-2016

    Spice: International Family Law in the Atlanta International Community

    A couple of weeks ago Michael Manely and I had a pleasure of attending the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation‘s event– a lecture and CLE by Professor Bermann. (Big shout out to Atlanta International Arbitration ...
  • 24-Mar-2016

    When Grandpa is in the Family Law Bible

    In 1961, the Supreme Court of Georgia heard an appeal regarding the case my Grandfather James McClinton filed for a downward modification of the alimony he was ordered to pay his ex-wife, Juanita. At that time, he was paying her $400 per month, and ...
  • 24-Mar-2016

    What Is Common Law Marriage?

    Georgia will only recognize a common law marriages that were established before January 1, 1997. There are many misunderstandings about common law marriages. One of the commonly held beliefs about common law marriages is that a couple is ...
  • 15-Mar-2016

    Songs About Divorce Part II: Where the Streets Have No Name

    With St. Patrick's Day around the bend here in Savannah, I can;t help but think of U2 and their song "Where the Streets Have No Name" for my second installment in this series. Truthfully, the song has nothing to do with family law. ...
  • 13-Mar-2016

    When Reasons Got Nothing To Do With It!

    A spouse that you can reason with is lovely but...what do you do with a spouse, or an ex, for whom reason seems a foreign language? Watching the state of our Presidential election has me thinking about what to do with people who ...
  • 10-Mar-2016

    Lights On Parenting

    As native from central Florida, when I moved to Atlanta one of my immediate goals was to get immersed in the local culture, including the local sports teams. And like many other young Atlantans during the 2014-2015 season, I found the Atlanta Hawks ...
  • 8-Mar-2016

    Spring Forward and Protect Your Family with Estate Planning

    On March 13th it will be time to “spring forward” with the change to Daylight Saving Time. While it’s no fun losing an hour of sleep, it is always a nice reminder that the long days of summer are coming soon. I’d also like to ...
  • 6-Mar-2016

    Why Deny the Obvious, Child?

    I can usually tell you how your case will turn out after we've spoken for about 30 minutes. Am I clairvoyant? No. Am I telepathic? No. Can I bend events to turn out my way? No. In fact, I have no super human qualities that I am aware of. (And I ...

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