It isn't too soon to be thinking about the potential impact of the Corona Virus (Covid-19) on family law issues. Perhaps certain authorities are correct and we have nothing to worry about or perhaps the experience of other countries is a guide to what is to come for us. In that case, to be responsible, we have some planning to do.
We had the honor, privilege and pleasure of spending a splendid evening this past weekend with Atlanta's Consular Corp, the Consul Generals and Honorary Consul Generals of some 50 countries who handle their countries' diplomatic demands for the south eastern United States. And they are stationed here, in Atlanta.
Imagine finding out that you have been sued in Federal Court. Imagine that the case involves the most important thing in the whole world to you, perhaps even more important than your own life. Now imagine that, at the same time that you find out that there is a case at all, you also learned that your final trial is only one week away. Welcome to our world.
In some ways, I have the sweetest job in the world. I get to help children get back home when they've been taken away from there and I get to help keep children here in the U.S. when they shouldn't be sent away to some foreign country. This is kind of a summary of what the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction is all about and it is a large part of what I get to do every day.
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.
A subtle but significant difference in laws creates the international family law quandry that surrounds Charlie Gard.
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:
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.
Macon Bolling Allen
I will never forget that day. It was cold, wet, gray, even dreary and just a few days before Christmas.