2016

Blog Posts in 2016

  • 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 ...

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