Blog Posts in September, 2016

  • 28-Sep-2016

    A Different Form of Child Abuse

    We are all familiar with traditional notions of child abuse: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse. It unsettles us. It enrages us. It rouses evolutionary protective instincts to get involved; to do something. But what about child abuse when ...
  • 26-Sep-2016

    The Spouse Who Cried Wolf

    Last week we were rocked by breaking news out of the Entertainment Industry - Brangelina is no more. Angelina Jolie-Pitt filed for divorce and for custody of the minor children, followed soon after by her allegation that Brad has abused the minor ...
  • 22-Sep-2016

    Building Bridges, Not Burning Them

    The Manely Firm, P.C. has six locations so far. We are continuing to grow. Our founding attorney is Michael Manely, the only attorney to have a unanimous win before the United States Supreme Court on a family law case. His wife, Shelia Manely, was my ...
  • 20-Sep-2016

    Failure to Launch

    Boy grows up with everything he ever wanted. His family was well connected in this small town; donating to all of the local politicians, including the Sheriff and the Judges, so when boy got to be a teenager and got into some mischief resulting in a ...
  • 18-Sep-2016

    Return of the Nasty Divorce

    For decades, I have been fighting against the nasty divorce. Over 27 years ago, when I was first licensed to practice law, the aggressive divorce, also known as the nasty divorce in today’s parlance, was the norm, standard operating practice in ...
  • 14-Sep-2016

    Revenge Porn: A Dish Best Served On-Line?

    For those not in the know, revenge porn is the sexually explicit portrayal of one or more people distributed without their consent through any kind of medium. A couple of weeks ago, I watched a Lifetime movie called “Revenge Porn”. It was ...
  • 12-Sep-2016

    Football and the Timeline of Your Divorce Case

    One of the most common questions clients have for me in discussing their divorce case is “how long will this process take?”. Unfortunately, this is one of the most complex answers in a contested case. If the parties have a total ...
  • 8-Sep-2016

    Can You Marry Your Cousin?

    I have several friends who recently took the Bar Exam. In part, the Bar Exam requires exam takers to memorize laws and then take an intense exam based solely off of their memory. Many joke that this is just a hazing ritual, because in the real world, ...
  • 6-Sep-2016

    Savannah Family Law: New Digs, Same Shovel

    We recently relocated our offices in Savannah. Gone is the grand old ballroom on Broughton. We are now located at 427 E. York Street, occupying the first floor of a three story federal-style home. The new space is much better suited for our ...
  • 5-Sep-2016

    Georgians, We Have a Big Problem.

    We were working on a case the other day which involved the degrees of consanguinity. You know, how close relatives are in relation to each other. The issue was whether the husband and wife were prohibited by law from marrying, and thus entitled to an ...
  • 1-Sep-2016

    Foreign Divorce

    At The Manely Firm, P.C. we have clients from all over the world –from Mexico to Malaysia, from Malta to Morocco, from Moldova to Maldives, from Monaco to Mongolia. We are often asked whether or not a divorce from a foreign country is ...

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