It's 5:45 p.m. and you're on your way to your designated meeting spot to meet you ex to pick up your child for your visitation weekend. You arrive promptly for a 6:00 p.m. exchange and wait for your ex to show up. 10 minutes pass. Nothing. 15 more minutes pass. Silence.
The Judge sat on the bench. The calendar was called and the case was announced. The Mother and her attorney stood. The Father and his attorney stood. The Judge remembered these parties well. A divorce, just finalized a few months before.
The Manely Firm has been helping families for 30 years. All of those years our first consultations have been free. Over the course of 30 years we have helped thousands upon thousands of clients in family law. Over the course of 30 years we have consulted with, provided critical information to tens of thousands of potential clients in divorce, modification, contempt and every other facet of family law.
"Life is like a box of chocolates...You never know what you're gonna get." Everyone probably knows this famous quote from the movie "Forrest Gump." This simple, elementary view of life underscores the unpredictability of many aspects of our daily lives. How long will I live? Will he marry me in the future? Will I win the lottery ticket I purchased yesterday? Unfortunately, no one is equipped with sufficient foresight to answer these questions.
Practicing in Savannah and Southeast Georgia, the pool of family law attorneys is rather small. I don't know the last time I had a case where opposing counsel in a divorce, modification or contempt was "new" to me. In most cases we go back quite a way in our professional relationship. I try and keep those relationships professional and congenial. Life's too short, and we are going to wind up against each other again and again.
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.
Tonight's post about Standing Orders in Family Law was written by our Marietta divorce attorney, Alyssa Blanchard.
Tonight's post on the essential subject of venue was written by our Savannah divorce attorney, David Purvis.
Tonight's post about Contempt Wars was written by our Atlanta divorce attorney, Dina Khismatulina.
Tonight's post about being in Contempt was written by one of our Marietta Divorce Attorneys, Alyssa Blanchard.