2012

Blog Posts in 2012

  • 17-Dec-2012

    Addictions

    This is not the blog I thought I'd be writing tonight. Our response to addiction comes in three forms: one, acceptance; two, moral approbation and three, clinical identification and prescription. Pick an addiction, any one I suspect, and you can ...
  • 11-Dec-2012

    The Supreme Court of the United States of America, Part II

    HOW WE GOT HERE As I said on CNN, "the term miscarriage of justice comes to mind." Mom, the opposing party, filed a Hague Convention Petition in May, 2011. The "Hague Convention" is the practitioner's short way of identifying ...
  • 9-Dec-2012

    The Supreme Court of the United States of America

    I can now end my self-imposed silence. I'm sure it sounds paranoid but there was nothing to be gained in telling the world through this very public blog what we were doing to prepare and prevail before the Supreme Court of the United States. When ...
  • 30-Oct-2012

    I didn't think they'd find out.

    Several years ago we represented this particular guy of rather substantial means in his divorce from his long term wife. She had caught him rather red handed as he repeatedly stepped out with his lady friend. We talked about it and he readily and ...
  • 27-Sep-2012

    Thrown under the bus

    To someone who practices only family law, there are some clear indicators that a marriage is over, that divorce is imminent. One is when your spouse throws you under the bus. I listen to my clients' history, their perceptions of time with their ...
  • 18-Sep-2012

    Yes, Savannah is Open for Business!

    It's been an interesting phenomenon. Ever since I wrote the Labor Day blog entry that our Savannah office was just about to open, people have been asking me whether it ever did. I had started a sequel that I didn't finish. I apologize for not ...
  • 13-Sep-2012

    Family law, contingency style.

    There is a relatively new development in my field of practice, family law. With the Great Recession, many family law firms closed. The money to pay attorneys shrunk so fewer attorneys survived. As a result, we now have a new breed of family law ...
  • 3-Sep-2012

    On the cusp in Savannah

    We are one day from opening our brand new office in Savannah, Georgia. We have been working hard to ready our office in the Capitol City Bank building for the big day. As with our other four offices, we are but a few blocks from the Courthouse, this ...
  • 30-Aug-2012

    Affordability: Working for a flat fee

    I was speaking with a client the other day about how attorneys bill. Like all smart clients, he was concerned about affordability. He asked me about an arrangement he'd seen another firm offer, a flat fee. He asked me how that worked. "The ...
  • 22-Aug-2012

    She loves me. She loves me not.

    Good times come and good times go. Intimacy can wax and wane. Love can fade away. But what happens when you discover that the good times never really came, that the intimacy was never there? In divorce, the question is inevitably asked, "did she ...
  • 13-Aug-2012

    This is HUGE!

    I won't even attempt to make this announcement with so much as a shred of modesty. The Supreme Court of the United States of America has accepted our Petition for Writ of Certiorari on the Hague case we tried last autumn, Chafin v Chafin! They ...
  • 9-Jul-2012

    Good Cop/Bad Cop

    There are a couple of attorneys I know who are nearly inseparable. We'll call them Frick and Frack. They don't have a firm together, they aren't partners in the legal sense, but they handle every case together. One doesn't make a move ...
  • 26-Jun-2012

    If it's good for the goose...?

    Objectivity is hard to come by. Our nation and our culture are premised on the concept of fair play. Our system of laws, even the word "justice" is grounded in the concept of equality before the law, hence lady justice's blindfold. And ...
  • 21-Jun-2012

    Blogging from Boone

    This is quite the summer for transitions. Our 18 year old graduated high school in May. It was a long anticipated and much debated event. Actually, I couldn't have been more proud. As I soaked in the hour long ritual, I felt my heart would come ...
  • 11-Jun-2012

    And Atlanta's Best Lawyer Band is...

    On Saturday night at the Variety Playhouse in Little 5, The Atlanta Bar Foundation presented LawJam 2012, the third annual battle of the Atlanta Lawyer Bands. You may not know this, this might strike you as absolutely unfathomable, but attorneys are ...

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