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June 2014 Archives

Fulton County Family Court: 1004 Objection

Only one county in Georgia has a family court.  That's Fulton County.  There are huge differences between Fulton County's Family Court and every other Court in the State of Georgia.  Tonight's post is about one of those differences and how not to get hurt yourself by using it.

Family Law: Domestically Dirty Words, Part I

When family law clients first visit my office, they bring emotions into the room.  These range from anger (because they were served with a complaint) to broken-ness (because of divorce) to terrified (because child custody is at issue).  Despite these varying emotions, clients often draw a line in the sand and, without hesitation, make it quite clear they are "not going to settle," and demanding a (affectionately speaking) "pitbull in a skirt" to fight for them.

The Judges' Point of View

More people are involved in a divorce than just the couple. Lawyers and the judge are involved, too.  I've written about some of the biases and barriers that parties bring to the litigation and about the pitfalls and problems which lawyers bring. But tonight I write about judges' judicial bias; the judge's point of view.

Affordability - Controlling Your Costs, Part I

Let's talk about affordability, how to take control of the costs on your case. Even when the opposing party or counsel want to make trouble and increase your costs, there are steps you can take to help keep your costs down and avoid some of that trouble.

Savannah - Firmly Entrenched

snip.jpgLast Thursday we were officially and quite warmly welcomed into the Savannah business community.  The Savannah Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for us Thursday evening, attended by some 100 of our closest friends, allies and acquaintances.  

Mediation in Divorce: Are You Fighting Over the Laundry Basket?

Even in the best of circumstances, the debate over who gets what can often become an emotional boiling point when you're facing divorce. Suddenly, the box of CDs you haven't listened to in years is a prized posession. The scratched and dented end table is full of memories and both of you decide you want it. Even the laundry basket can become a source of debate. Is that last object really important? Almost never. That last object becomes a symbol. The reality hits one or both of you:  once that last object's fate has been determined, the marriage is theoretically over.

Family Law: Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

We've just returned from an intensive Family Law conference in Toronto.  The conference was organized by the Association of Family and Concilation Courts.  I had not heard of them before but we were asked to come to the conference to present on the work that we are doing.