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Who's your Daddy?

Justice is supposed to be blind, right? And by that we mean that Justice is impartial, favors no side. While that's true most of the time in varying degrees, some of the time Justice seems more blind to the facts than blind to favoritism. In fact, sometimes it seems that Justice is hell bent on showing favoritism to one side over another, regardless of fact or law. Sometimes it seems that Justice is far more concerned with who's your daddy than what's the right outcome.

Making a Murderer: The Family Law Spin Part 2

So, we found the proper venue for our divorce complaint, helping a woman divorce her husband who is in prison. This probably resembles the process that Steve Avery's first wife went through after Avery's wrongful conviction for rape in 1985. Crushed under the weight of raising four young children on her own, and attempting to maintain a relationship with an inmate who was often shuffled from facility to facility, became more than their marriage could bear.

Making a Murderer: The Family Law Spin Part 1

So, by now, unless you've been living under a rock or in a cave on a remote island, you've heard of the NetFlix documentary "Making a Murderer". The docu-series follows the tribulations and trial of Steve Avery, who was wrongfully convicted in 1985 for a rape and assault, exonerated after 18 years in prison in 2003, and then arrested for murder two short years after his release.

Social Security and Other Same-Sex Spousal Rights

The landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country, raises issues that should be discussed with a good marriage and estate planning lawyer in Georgia. Due to same sex couples' prior inability to marry legally under the laws of their State, many same sex couples now planning to marry are typically older than the average newlywed couple. One important issue to consider under these facts is Social Security.

Dr. King Impacts the World!

I just finished reading a very interesting article on the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King on International Law and the effect the Civil Rights Movement had on the adoption of several major international human rights treaties. What started in Atlanta had a ripple effect on the international level. Dr. King impacted our whole world.

Parenting, A Continuing Relationship

You and your spouse have been together for five years. You have two beautiful children. Unfortunately, your happily ever after did not have a happy ending. You had to file for divorce. You made the decision to end your romantic relationship and go your separate ways. Although your romantic relationship has ended, your relationship as parents continues. Maybe you weren't married. Maybe you were dating and had children. Still, your relationship as parents continues.

The World Hangs In The Balance

Shelia and I spent the latter part of the week at the Georgia State Bar's mid-year convention. The State Bar had asked Shelia and our Savannah attorney, David Purvis, to present to the assembled on The Justice Café, our very low cost, unbundled division of the Firm.

Magic Words to Avoid the Double Whammy in Probate

If you co-own your home, it is vitally important to know exactly HOW that ownership is held. Why? Most people think that if they own property together and one of them dies, the deceased person's ownership interest automatically goes to the survivor. Sadly, it's not that simple. In order for title to pass automatically to the survivor, the ownership must be held as Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship (JTWROS). Those are your magic words. 

Bigamy and Doctor Who

Did you watch the fantastic Ninth season Christmas Special for Doctor Who last week? The yearly event marked the return of River Song, a fan favorite and the wife of the illustrious Doctor as of the Sixth Season. River Song is an inter-galactic archaeologist, bouncing through time and space studying, stealing, and adventuring, often on her own and many times with the Doctor. But this post isn't about the aweswomeness of River Song.

Your Family Law New Year's Resolution: Freedom?

Traditionally, every New Year a large percent of the population creates a list of New Year resolutions - a list of things to achieve in the coming year. Additionally, every January the number of people filing for divorce usually triples. No matter how much we wish it, spending a lot of time as a family over the holiday is not always "merry". So, traditionally, a fair portion of the population add "get rid of my spouse," to their New Year's Resolutions.In short, a fair portion of the population seeks their freedom in the coming year.

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