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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 there isn't actually any abuse?

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 children. Since then, there has been a media frenzy of who exactly is investigating this abuse. Is it Child Protective Services? Is it the LAPD? Is it the FBI? Is it anyone? While the investigation continues, while the divorce winds its way through the court, the allegations will continue to hang over Brad head as temporary custody and visitation is established.

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 classmate in law school. She does a lot for the firm, including decorating each office. When she was setting up the office in my hometown, Gainesville, she brought a picture of a bridge.

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 couple of pesky misdemeanor charges, after a few phone calls from Dad to his connections, everything went away. Boy graduates high school, but barely. After all, Mom and Dad are going to continue taking care of all the hard stuff.

New Digs, Same Shovel

We recently relocated offices in Savannah. Gone is the old ballroom on Broughton. We are now located at 427 E. York Street, occupying the first floor of a federal-style home. The new space is much better suited for our professional needs and our clients and potential clients will find that parking is much easier to come by, particularly on a Friday during peak tourist seasons! We are still in historic downtown Savannah and still within walking distance of the courthouse, but much more convenient for our clients on the islands or coming in off the Truman Parkway.

Revenge: A Dish Best Served Online?

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 about an eighteen year old high school student who was getting ready to graduate and leave for college. She'd taken some risqué selfies which were saved to her personal computer at home. As par the course in Lifetime movies, things escalated quickly. A hacker broke into her computer, stole the pictures, and then began disseminating them like wildfire. The girl was told not to return to her school, her boyfriend broke up with her, and she lost a college scholarship at a prestigious university. Turns out, the hacker was a former student of the girl's mother, and he was exacting revenge against the girl's mom by going after her daughter and ruining her life.

Football and the Timeline of Your Divorce Case

One of the most common questions clients have for me in discussing their potential divorce case is "how long will this process take?". Unfortunately, this is one of the most complex answers in a contested case. In the event the parties have a total agreement, the process can be finished within 31 days of the Acknowledgment of Service being filed with the Court. If there is no agreement, the process can take a great deal longer, with several steps along the way. Like many fellow Georgians, I have been long anticipating the return of football season, and I could not help but notice how the game can proceed in similar stages to a divorce case. Here is what I mean.

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 family law.

Can you marry your cousin in Georgia?

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, attorneys do not memorize laws. We look them up. We do not rely on memory alone because what if we remember incorrectly? Additionally, laws often change so it's important to do your research.

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 annulment, because they were blood related, not just related by marriage.

Foreign Divorces

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.

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