Many of you are familiar with the Old Testament story of King Solomon. Two women were claiming to be the mother of the same child. King Solomon was called to decide the issue. He announced that he would cut the baby in half and each woman would receive one-half. The imposter mother consented to this result. The real mother begged that the sword be put away and that the child be given to the other woman to spare the child's life. Having discerned the women's true feelings towards the child, the real mother kept her child. As you can imagine, this reference comes up a lot in the practice of family law and we reference it a lot with wise judges who are using the parties' own actions and deeds to determine who sincerely and genuinely cares about a child's best interests.
"Here's what I suggest we do regarding Junior's school closings. Agree with me, or I'll take it to the highest authority."
The terms "co-parenting" and "best interests of the child" are phrases that are part of our daily language in the world of custody and family law. They are also commonly thrown around as weapons between divorcing parents, often without any real tie-in with their intended meaning. As a professor once told our class, they are terms of art, so we should use them artfully!
Tonight's post about the evils of custody battles was written by our Atlanta custody attorney, Dina Khismatulina.
Tonight's post was written by one of our Marietta custody attorneys, Naomi Lumpkin.
Tonight's fun read about co-parenting and custody was written by our Atlanta Child Custody Attorney, Cherese Clark.
Tonight's post on the DDD Part III, Divorce, was written by our Atlanta Family Law Attorney, Cherese Clark.
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