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.
Someone recently wrote in to us:
"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.
I recently had an exciting opportunity to participate in a chili cook-off contest in Cobb County, Georgia. There were many contestants, and each provided a small sample for tasting. As I was strolling around and tasting samples, I realized how different each sample tasted. Some were spicy and others were mild. Some were watery and others were thick. As a lawyer who has been practicing divorce and family law in the metro Atlanta area, from Cobb County to Gwinnett County, I feel that the courts and judges in each county have a distinctive "flavor."
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.
Would your decision to hire an oncologist be based solely on whether or not that doctor has had cancer? Or would your choice of pediatrician turn on whether that doctor has children of their own? I remember when I was a counselor working in addiction treatment, I would often be told "What do you know?! You're not an addict!"
Tonight's post on the essential subject of venue was written by our Savannah divorce attorney, David Purvis.
Tonight's post about Fearing the Walking Dead was written by our Marietta and Atlanta family law attorney, Megan McClinton.
Tonight's post on The Boy Who Cried Wolf in a custody case was written by our Savannah family law attorney, David Purvis.