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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.

What's Money Got To Do With It?

As Rick, the lawyer representing Dan's ex-wife, marches up to the podium, he makes eye contact with Dan, who is perched on the witness stand. There is direct eye contact, but not a hint of awkward hesitation. For Dan, this is his second time testifying in court. Dan testified a couple years ago at the final hearing for his divorce case. He was grilled by Rick at that hearing, too. Today, Dan is asking that the Court reduce his child support obligation.

Five Benefits of Divorce Mediation

Do you want to avoid the massive headaches and frustrating courtroom litigation sessions that most people associate with divorce cases? There may be an option for you. Mediation is when both spouses meet with an attorney and discuss the terms of their divorce without the burden of a court decision hanging over them. This lower-stress environment can help couples genuinely work together to come to create a divorce agreement solution that is uniquely tailored to their circumstances. This process can have several immense benefits; let's look at five of them now.

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.

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.

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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