She walked out of his office more frustrated with her attorney than she was with her soon-to-be ex-husband. They had finally found a moment away from their new interests and had come to an agreement on everything. The children, the finances (including the credit card debt), the retirement accounts; everything had gotten sorted out. All that was left was to sign the documents and get them to the Court for the Judge's signature. Then they could start to put all of this behind them.
"Just write a letter," she told me. "Tell him what to do so he'll do it," she explained. "How much could a letter cost?"
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.
Tonight's post about the complexities of camaraderie in family law was written by our Marietta and Atlanta divorce attorney, Megan McClinton.
As the saying goes, "it takes all kinds." There are happy people in family law. There are nonplussed people in family law. There are nonchalant people in family law. And yes, there are hateful people in family law.
Tonight's post about getting out of the way in divorce was written by our Savannah Divorce Attorney, David Purvis.
I always tell my clients that everything in family law has a dollar value and therefore can be and should be evaluated from a cost/benefit analysis. Everything, that is, except for one thing, the children. When the issue is the children you leave the realm of apples to apples comparisons and enter the land of apples to oranges, or more correctly, apples to antelopes or atoms or the andromeda galaxy. When custody is at stake, how can you ever place a dollar value on it?
Last week was devoted to training at The Manely Firm. When you practice All Family Law, like we do, it is essential for every attorney, paralegal and support staff of The Firm to stay mindful and current to meet The Firm's high performance expectations.
In divorce, as in all things, justice is not always served. The right result doesn't always happen. Sometimes the bad guys (or gals) win, because the judge got it wrong or the case was poorly presented or just because things didn't go quite right that day.
How do you tackle stress in divorce? Tonight's post, written by Marietta Divorce Attorney, Jeannine Lowery, offers a few pointers: