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.
It's easy to lose sight of the important things in life throughout the year, but particularly during the holiday season. A time of year that was once nothing but fun as a child can very easily become the most stressful months of the year for adults. End-of-the calendar work obligations, an increased presence of family and in-laws, gifts to purchase, bills to pay, each day is shorter in daylight than the last, oh, you failed miserably at that resolution you made 11 ½ months ago, and....AAAARRGGGHH! Add in an open family law case or a spiteful ex who picked now of all times to start a fight over visitation and your blood pressure can quickly rise to a boil.
Twenty year marriage. Two children, both still under the age of eighteen. Husband has worked throughout the marriage. Wife has been a stay-at-home mother, raising the children and maintaining the house. That was the agreement, way back when the couple had their first child.