Blog Posts in November, 2016

  • 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 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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