Maggie was devastated. Her little one had been molested, little doubt about that. That was awful, terrible, soul crushing, but DFCS was blaming her husband. She just knew he would never do such a thing. He loved that little girl more than life itself. He was a devoted daddy. Maggie couldn't have asked for Devin to be a more stand up guy when their baby was born. Devin couldn't do such a thing.
It's that time of year again! It's Back to School for our children, only this year without the benefit of a tax free weekend. But that's another story for another day. As a society, we mark the passage of childhood in a number of ways, and the progress from one school grade to the next is near the top of that list. If you are on social media, I have no doubt your newsfeed is filled with pictures of your family and friends' children on their first day of "x" grade. Mine certainly is and it's a sweet departure from some of the other topics I've grown accustomed to (numb to) in my social media. Often the picture is accompanied by a sincere, sweetly written post by the parent about how bittersweet the moment is, how quickly the years are ticking by, how they hope their child has a great year.
This is a post about "mansplaining" and misogyny in the courtroom. This is a post dedicated to all the women out there who come in and crush it in the courtroom. Oftentimes in heels or itchy pantyhose. Oftentimes after dropping their little ones off - that is, after they've fed/bathed/clothed them. This is a post for the women who can't be aggressive without being called the "b" word, or who feel like they have to compensate for not being a man in a man-driven profession and go too hard in the paint, too adversarially. This is a post I've been wanting to write for a while, because I see this type of thing going on and have been the butt of it myself.
This is it! The moment you have been dreaming of since you were a child. A ring has been purchased and exchanged. You and your betrothed are parading around town shining your love light as far as you possibly can. There are dozens of heavy bridal magazines arriving in your mailbox weekly and a lot of decisions are being made for the big day.
As native from central Florida, when I moved to Atlanta one of my immediate goals was to get immersed in the local culture, including the local sports teams. And like many other young Atlantans during the 2014-2015 season, I found the Atlanta Hawks to be a quality source for entertainment. The Hawks had a historic turn-out of representation in the All-Star game that season and the announcer for that event described performing in the All-Star Game as a "lights-on" moment, where the players were not just representing their team but themselves as individual players. I thought a lot about that expression in life outside of basketball and what "lights on" moments we all have in our life, particularly how it applies in family law.
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.
Tonight, our ill-fated fellow's divorce saga continues. To read Part I, click here.
Tonight's post on producing children was written by our Marietta divorce attorney, Alyssa Blanchard.
Tonight's post about children and blurred lines was written by our Lawrenceville attorney, Brandy Alexander.
Tonight's post on the perils of custody was written by one of our Atlanta divorce attorney's, Dina Khismatulina.