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Same Kind of Different As Me: A Book Review

Rachel and I are art collectors.  We don’t have anything very expensive or by any extremely well known artists, but our little collection is something we have enjoyed together through the years.  I bought our first piece before I left Oxford after finishing law school.  It is by a Cuban artist named Exposita and depicts a sad man with a paper hat shaped like a boat on his head.  In the gallery, it was hung next to a similar painting, but instead of a boat, the sad figure had what looked like a cooked chicken on his head.  The gallery curator explained how Cubans are hungry and looking to escape the oppression of the post communist regime.  It was a great story for an average painting.  It hangs in the hall of my office today. Read More

Skip Scary Close: A Book Review

I have historically been a pretty big Donald Miller fan.  He is the somewhat edgy Christian author best known for Blue Like Jazz, a NY Times bestseller.  I have read several of his other works, and check out his blog from time to time.  I read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years on a trip to Yellowstone, and its theme of living a better story is one of the reasons Rachel and I started 200 Million Flowers.  I later got to spend time with Bob Goff, the whacky lawyer Miller writes about in the book and who wrote his own bestseller, Love Does.  We even went to one of his conferences in Nashville.   Read More

My One Hundred Dollar Bet

The guy who taught me how to practice divorce law represented several very high profile women in Mississippi.  I don’t know if my work with him is the reason or if it is something else, but I have always helped a slightly higher percentage of women than I do men.  Each person and life circumstance is unique, but the one recurring theme is their promise to me they will never get married again.  When they say this, I just knowingly smile.  “I’ll tell you what, I bet you one hundred dollars you will be remarried in the next five years.” Read More

Sexual Addiction and Divorce

Back in early 2001 when I had been a lawyer for about two years, L.C. assigned me to work for a husband and father in his early 30s.  His wife had abruptly left their home in another state with their child and moved in with her parents who lived in a small Mississippi town.  The wife’s family was very wealthy.   Read More

Tell Your Kid This

I had a client sit with me today who is staring down the barrel of his second divorce.  He and his wife do not have children, but he does have a child from his previous marriage.  He has talked to his counselor and he has talked to me about what, when and how to tell his child he may be walking through another divorce and things are going to change.  It got me thinking.  What do you tell your kids?   Read More

Crazymakers

This morning in my men’s group we talked about Crazymakers. I had heard my counselor friends use the word for years, but I ran across the topic again from a part of The Artist’s Way- A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron, which discusses recovering a sense of identity.  A Crazymaker is someone who makes you crazy.  They disrupt your natural rhythm.  “Often larger than life, they acquire that status by feeding on the life energies of those around them,” says Cameron.  Crazymakers can be parents, spouses, children, employers, clients, people at church and ex-spouses.  Sometimes, the Crazymaker is you.  I think we all have the potential to be Crazymakers during different seasons of life, but being in the presence of a chronic Crazymaker will make your head spin. Read More

10 Tips for Divorce Recovery

The papers are signed, the money is settled, and the kids are for the most part situated.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  The divorce is over and there is a big scary world in your windshield.  You are feeling sad, happy and angry –all at the same time.  While you are a little bit in denial, you know it is real.  Surreal actually.  You bargain with yourself about what could have gone differently, but you know you must move ahead.  What follows are ten tips for recovery from divorce to help you navigate the upcoming months:   Read More

Frozen Pipes

Like everywhere else, it is colder than usual in Mississippi this week.  No snow.  Just cold.  While we are utterly ill prepared for snow, we do have hunting gear and such to deal with the temperature.  In fact, I wore thermal underwear under my suit Monday morning to court.  It was a first for me.  The night before last, the girls and I had come in from basketball practice, and as we ate and settled in for the night, the national championship football game in the background, we talked about the day’s events and the cold.  “We probably need to leave the water running or something tonight,” remarked Rachel, “So the pipes don’t freeze.” Read More

The One and Only Ivan

Emma was asked to read an award-winning book for school and make a diorama, so we headed to the bookstore to find one.  She’s in second grade.  She had a few choices ----a Newbery Medal and Honor Book or a Caldecott Medal Book.  The Newbery award is given to "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”  The Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year's "most distinguished American picture book for children.”  In short, one has a bunch of words and the other has pretty much nothing but pictures.   Read More

Mississippi Hates Divorce

Mississippi hates divorce.  Time and time again our legislators refuse to make it easier to get one.  Being the representative or senator associated with divorce is not politically popular, so our system, a creature of statute formed long ago by the predecessors of said elected officials, stays stuck in the 19th century.   Read More

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