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Divorce: Get Your Head Out of the Clouds.

Everything is digital now. Everything is electronic now. It is borderline impossible now to not leave an e-footprint wherever it is you're going. I'm reminded of a scene from Parks and Recreation where Ron Swanson becomes furious when he finds out what "cookies" are, that they're tracking him and that his home can be easily pulled up on Google Earth. Then he resolves these problems by throwing away his computer. I can understand the frustration. It is a mildly creepy feeling when I'm doing research for a divorce case that I'm working on and an ad pops up for a shoe store or comic book store that I'd been perusing on my phone days earlier or even something relating to that divorce case! All of this leads to me to the perils of the "cloud".

What is a Veteran?

Happy Veteran's Day! Here in Savannah, Veteran's Day is celebrated throughout the community. We are fortunate to live and work shoulder-to-shoulder with many of the thousands of active duty and veteran soldiers from the U.S. Army. Along with nearby naval and air force bases, one does not have to look far to find a service member to thank.

What are paternity and legitimation?

The relationship between a father and child is special. When a child is born outside of a marriage, the family may look to establish paternity or legitimation for different reasons. Fathers may seek legal rights of their children so that they can help make vital decisions regarding their child. They may seek visitation and want to support their children. Mother’s may want to secure child support to assist their children.

Who can file?

International Family Law: Saving Lives and Making Law

Sometimes in family law we get to save children. Sometimes in family law we get to make law. Sometimes in International Family Law we get to do both. This is one of those times.

Family Law: How's That Working For You?

A while back, I was consulting with a guy about an appeal who had been absolutely railroaded by the trial judge. The guy had filed a contempt against his ex for frustrating his visitation rights and had asked the judge to modify those rights to expand them a little more. At the end of his case, the judge denied the guy's contempt and restricted his visitation rights a bit further. It seemed that family law was being anything but just to this poor soul.

Family Law: The Truth Shall Set You Free

Your case begins before the filing, before a consult, before you even contemplate filing for divorce. A case begins when a relationship starts, when a child is born, when you take a job, or buy a house. A case is born in the actions you take (what we call the facts of the case). We, as your family law advocate, rely on those facts, and those facts come from you. We rely on the truth, or what you tell us is the truth. We rely on you.

Grandparents' Rights: Over the River and Through the Woods, To Grandmother's House We Are NOT Going!

For some of us out there, myself included, we do not have warm and fuzzies about our grandparents. One set of my grandparents passed when I was too little to remember them. They were wonderful and loving people, from what I'm told, and I hate that I did not have a chance to get to know them. On the other side, just a grandmother remained and she was not a great person. She suffered from a terrible alcohol and prescription pill addiction, which made her an abusively belligerent and paranoid woman - obviously not someone a child would want to be around, or the kind of person a parent wants their kids around.

Defending Against the Ridiculous in Family Law

I like reason and logic. I'm attracted to reason and logic. I abhor the unreasonable and the illogical. As a result, I typically attract reasonable and logical people who want to be my Family Law clients because, well, they like reason and logic, too. And often, the other party tends to be reasonable and logical because, well, people who are reasonable and logical tend to attract reasonable and logical people to marry. Sometimes, reason and logic continue to rule the day and families find their ways through the court system in such a way that results in healthy new family dynamics.

Family Law: Everyone Snaps

Everyone has a breaking point. You might be farther down the scale toward harder to break, but you are still on that scale. You can be broken. In family law, we are always concerned about where our clients and the opposing parties fall on that scale because we know that everyone snaps.

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