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.
When it comes to risk taking, I am conservative by nature. When it comes to risking other people's families or money, I am even more so. Generally, this works very well for my clients as we try to resolve disputes. I'm a big fan of resolving disputes, particularly in family law settings because the family, in whatever form, endures even after a family law fight, so you really ought to strive to make the outcome as positive for all concerned as it can possibly be.
When it comes to communicating, perception is often reality. How one side views the other often shapes how they perceive the communications (verbal and non-verbal) that they have with that person. Let's take John and Jane Doe for example:
People are often angry in family law. That's expected. Trust is crushed. Hearts are broken. Hopes are shattered. It is seldom a good time. How that anger plays out in litigation is critical to success, affordability and survivability through the case and well beyond.
For the past several years, Tybee Island, just down the road from our Savannah office, has been the site of what's called "Orange Crush." "Orange Crush" is a word-of-mouth event with no official promoters that is predominantly attended mostly by African-American college students on spring break. As an unofficial event, there are no permits issued by the City of Tybee (so no revenue created there) and much to the City's dismay, there exists no real way of preventing it from happening.
Divorce cases are often tough for children emotionally, and courts go to great lengths to help ensure that they do not feel the blow of a marital split for the rest of their lives. Determining which parent has which responsibility is a difficult issue in some cases, and the courts have to take a large number of factors into consideration before coming to a conclusion. Let's discuss how Georgia's child custody laws work a little more closely.
A friend of mine posted on Facebook tonight, "Honesty is the most important ingredient in a relationship. Honesty. And I'm going to keep typing this until my wife stops looking over my shoulder."
Macon Bolling Allen
You would think that staring at four gray walls in an 8 x 12 for three months with several of the least friendly guys you are ever likely to meet would sober you up, would cause you to take a bit more humble stock of yourself. Not so for this guy.
I will never forget that day. It was cold, wet, gray, even dreary and just a few days before Christmas.