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Touchable Distance

The girls and I have a game we play I partly read about in a parenting magazine and partly made up.  It doesn’t have a name.  Rachel likes to be a spectator; she just loves how excited the kids get about it. I take the girls to school most mornings, and the game is great way to have conversations and create a fun, yet competitive spirit with Mollie Ann and Emma. Read More

Supply and Demand

Almost every person I sit with about divorce in Mississippi does not have legal grounds for divorce.  I wrote an article a while back called the Divorce Card explaining this further.  The most common legal grounds are cruelty and adultery.  Other commons grounds are habitual use of drugs, habitual drunkenness and desertion for a period of 1 year. The rest are old and only come up in a few random cases. Read More

I Chose to Pay

I stayed in downtown Starkville, Mississippi last night.  I did not have a reservation at a hotel.  My plan was to drive back to Madison, but I tossed a few things I might need in the car just in case, including an extra lawyer uniform.  I stayed at the Hotel Chester downtown.  Corporate rate.  When I was in college at Mississippi State (Go Dawgs), this was the Ritz Carlton of the Golden Triangle  --today, not so much.  It is dated and a little dingy.  I was told after already checking in it is the subject of an episode of Hotel Impossible.  You live.  You learn.  Over time, if things don’t change, they can die.  The Chester is on life support, but I am rooting for it. Read More

Building Sandcastles

I am sitting in a coffee shop in Starkville finishing this entry started at the beach –hence the analogy.  We finished the first day of a two day divorce trial.  Everything was at issue at the start of the day, but by lunch, we had narrowed what we did not agree on to a hand full of things --including the non-custodial parent's access to the child at certain times during the year.  I have taken my share of child custody cases in Mississippi to trial.  Did one in Tennessee several years back too ---Sevier County.  There is statue of Dolly Parton in front of the courthouse.  Seriously, look it up.   Read More

Family is a Choice

I think one of the scariest things a person faces when divorcing in Mississippi, or anywhere for that matter, is that their family will look differently.  A family is supposed to be a mommy, daddy, two kids (a boy and a girl), a house with a picket fence and a dog named Barkley, right?  The daddy works from 9 to 5 and not on the weekends and mommy stays home and does housework and pilates, with cookies and milk waiting for the kids when they get off the bus, as Barkley obediently sits next to her side, tail wagging and tongue appropriately extended.  At night, they play board games, read books and do their homework before dozing off to a peaceful sleep in their matching twin beds. Read More

It Is Cheaper to Keep Her

I am proud I have a pretty good record in our Mississippi family law and divorce courts.  The main reason is because I do my best to stay out if my client cannot win.  This week has been a humbling exception.   Read More

Divorce is White Water Rafting

Last weekend I went white water rafting on the Ocoee River with nine guys I do an edgy Christian men’s group with on Tuesday mornings.  I have been a few times before, including a weeklong trip on the Salmon in Idaho and a trip on the Snake in Wyoming.  We had a blast, but to be clear, I am no river expert --just family law in Mississippi, which is obviously the genesis of the following analysis: Read More

Dr. Mike and His Heirloom Tomatoes

Saturday Rachel and I were at the pool with the girls.  It was an uncharacteristically cool, Mississippi August evening.  We had just enjoyed a little poolside pizza when Emma decided to jump rope her beach towel.  She didn’t even make the first jump before her feet were tangled and she came crashing down to the concrete.  It seemed like it happened in slow motion. Read More

Attack of the Lawyer

There is a pretty common tactic in a hotly contested divorce I rarely think about, but was reminded of just last week –The Attack of the Lawyer. Read More

The Halls of Justice

I was at the Hinds County Courthouse this week.  We had achieved an Agreed Order earlier in the day, so all I had to do was quickly visit with the Judge to have the Order signed.  With my work for the morning being a little mindless, I observed what was happening around me closer than usual and have these thoughts about showing up for your big day. Read More

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