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The Trial Practice of Taylor Swift

If you've been following the news, you've likely heard about litigation surrounding Taylor Swift, who was being sued for defamation by a radio DJ. Swift alleged that this DJ had grabbed her, under the skirt, in 2013. Not wanting to make a national news story of the situation, Swift had reported the grab to her "people", who notified the DJ's radio station employers, who then fired the DJ. This DJ then alleged that Swift made up allegations that he had grabbed her inappropriately, which resulted in him getting fired and becoming unable to find any employment now. He sued her in federal court for this.

How can establishing paternity after death help a child?

Could you imagine waiting 60 years before finding out who your father was? Most people wouldn't. Unless, of course, your father were someone famous, like the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.

When the news broke in June regarding a Spanish judge's decision to have the body of Salvador Dalí exhumed in order to settle a paternity suit, some were fascinated by the idea of waiting so long to establish paternity. For others, however, the case raised an important question families here in the United States might be interested in hearing the answer to:

Back to School, Children

It's that time of year again! It's Back to School for our children, only this year without the benefit of a tax free weekend. But that's another story for another day. As a society, we mark the passage of childhood in a number of ways, and the progress from one school grade to the next is near the top of that list. If you are on social media, I have no doubt your newsfeed is filled with pictures of your family and friends' children on their first day of "x" grade. Mine certainly is and it's a sweet departure from some of the other topics I've grown accustomed to (numb to) in my social media. Often the picture is accompanied by a sincere, sweetly written post by the parent about how bittersweet the moment is, how quickly the years are ticking by, how they hope their child has a great year.

Divorce: The Beginning of the End

We consult with thousands of people each year about their lives and their circumstances and the desire to divorce or their revulsion about divorce or their probabilities of divorce. Add to that that I've been practicing family law for 28 years. With that kind of data set, you could probably expect that we've become rather attuned to the signs that suggest a divorce is immanent.

Custody: This Week of Chicanery

This past season of "Better Call Saul" had an episode titled "Chicanery." What a great word! And a pretty good word to describe this particular week on our Savannah office's calendar.

Chi-can-er-y: n., the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose. Google Dictionary.

Have you verified your child's vacation with your ex-spouse?

School is out and summer vacation is upon us which, for a lot of families, means the opportunity to take family vacations to other states or even other countries. If you're divorced or separated, however, you may need to do a little more planning before going on your next family trip.

That's because divorced and separated parents must abide by the terms of their child custody agreement. In many cases, these agreements can have specific language regarding vacations, specifically regarding domestic or international travel. If a travelling parent doesn't get permission from the other parent, a vacation could quickly turn into a case of parental kidnapping.

Custody: They're Watching You!

One of my most favorite quotes about parenting is the quote by Robert Fulghum: "Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you". Another quote I stand by is that "it takes a village to raise a child". In custody cases, many people are watching you.  And that village (the judge) is going to decide who gets custody of your children, if you leave it up to them.

What A Mouthful. Trial Practice

Words are tricky. They can get you in trouble or out of trouble. They can save your life or get you killed. They can save your relationship or end it. They can win your case or lose it. I think you get the idea. Words are everything in our profession. Words are the art of trial practice. If you asked ten attorneys what one word within a Judge's Order or Opinion meant, you might get ten different opinions, depending on their frame of reference.

What goes around... Custody

I know a guy. He got divorced a long, long time ago. As soon as he was divorced, his ex-wife took off with his two children, then about six and four, to parts unknown. She had no cause to take off, didn't even claim any, but she just didn't want to share her kids with an ex.  She wanted more than custody.  She wanted everything.

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