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Mississippi Family Law

The Jig is Up

Rachel and I have lied to our kids their whole lives.  I am not proud of it.  I certainly want my relationship with our children to be based in truth, but when it comes to stories about the bearded man who likes cold weather and his elf, a rabbit and a tiny little girl who has a thing for teeth, we have not been honest.  Yesterday, we were found out.   Read More

What is Your Word Worth?

If you read the stuff I write, you know I am building a home, serving as my own general contractor.  I told a guy about it at church the other day and his response was, “What would possess you to do that?” Read More

All My Money

A lot of people are talking and writing about the life of Robin Williams in light of his tragic death.  I have watched a few things myself, as I always loved his work.  His brand of crazy humor coupled with Shakespearean tangents was a one-of-a-kind mixture of freedom and intellect.  Notwithstanding his personal demons and the obvious wreckage it caused to those closest to him, we are a better, more thoughtful society for his having lived. Read More

Legal Separation in Mississippi

There are lots of common questions I get in my practice about divorce, but one of the most frequent is whether or not Mississippi recognizes “legal” separation.  The short answer is no.  You are married until you are divorced or someone is dead. Read More

The Search for the Carpenter

When I was a kid, summer lasted forever –shelling butter beans in front of the television, eating watermelons and having bottle rocket wars.  A time of transition, I would ride my bike to the YMCA while my parents were at work and hang out at the swimming pool most of the day.  In the afternoons, we played baseball games, and at night, chased fireflies and occasionally slept on the trampoline in the backyard.  I hope time feels like it’s moving slower for my girls than it is for me.  Our summer so far has been packed with camps, a convention, a busy caseload, a local move and a new construction project for which I am serving as the general contractor. Read More

My Dad is Awesome

align="left"I have been thinking about Father’s Day, which is next Sunday, for several reasons.  For one, we are doing a fundraising campaign for 200 Million Flowers where we are encouraging our supporters to consider making a gift in honor of their dad.  Also, this will be the first Father’s Day since my daddy passed away last July.  When we were cleaning out our attic in anticipation of an upcoming move, I ran across his wallet in a box of his things from the nursing home where he spent the last couple of years of his life.  There was a motorcycle warranty card for his 1975 Honda dirt bike.   Read More

Divorce and Contacts

Yesterday I took my oldest daughter to be fitted for contacts.  She has been wearing glasses for a couple of years, but liked the potential freedom contacts would bring.  She got her good looks from her momma and her bad eyes from me.  She earned her contacts by overcoming adversity to make straight As.  This is a big deal in our house.  While school comes easy for my youngest (she made straight As too, BTW), God wired Mollie Ann to think three dimensionally and learn in a way most schools don’t teach, with the vigor and vitality of the Energizer Bunny.  This year, we made the difficult decision to transfer Mollie Ann after the first quarter and she rose to the occasion.  Like you, I could not be prouder of my kids. Read More

Psychos, Sociopaths and Narcissists

When I got to Mississippi State, I took my first psychology class.  It met in an auditorium and had probably 300 students.  It was obviously a big room, but it had more of a high school auditorium feel than that of a college lecture hall.  The study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior is fascinating, and I have been practicing psychology without a license ever since I shook the apple tree of life and it produced the pineapple of a divorce practice.   Read More

Uber and Technology in Divorce

There is new technology in big cities across the world that uses geomapping to connect people who need rides with people willing to give them.  It is called Uber.  Essentially, you load an app to your smart phone, connect it to a method of payment and when you need a ride, you push a button.  The closest several drivers are given the opportunity to accept the assignment.  The first one to say yes gets connected with the customer.  The driver sees the location on his smart phone, and he picks up his new passenger, usually within ten minutes.  After the ride, funds are exchanged electronically based on distance and time.  The tip is included.  A simple receipt is emailed to the passenger, who is asked to rate the experience and the driver.  The driver also rates the passenger.  Uber takes a commission for the use of their technology.  The passenger gets a better deal than a cab and the driver, who is an independent contractor who has a self-insured, newer model automobile, has almost unlimited freedom when it comes to creating his own work-life balance.  Many Uber drivers do it as a supplemental source of income.  I used it in recent trips to Atlanta and Chicago and could not say enough good things about my experience. Read More

Nirvana

Elizabeth Gilbert wrote a book called Eat, Pray, Love in 2006.  She was formerly an "unpublished diner waitress," with a stack of rejection letters from publishers. Her book was wildly successful, but she found herself “regressing” to the sentimentality she felt before she hit it big.  Her first follow up book was a flop, but she felt strangely better and got back to work.  Her next effort was received well. Read More

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