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The Laws of Physics are Always the Same

I took calculus-based physics in college.  Let me rephrase that statement, I started calculus based physics in college, but used what Mississippi State called a “super drop” to keep from failing the class miserably in mid to late October.  We had an international teacher, I was trying to make the baseball squad, I had momentarily pledged a fraternity and it was my first semester in college away from home.  In addition, I was living on the 6th floor of the athletic dorm with a bunch of hooligans, of which I was one.  Needless to say, I didn’t learn much.  Everything worked out fine, as business and law school did not require physics. 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

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

Timing

I am reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.  I am going beyond the text by watching old videos online, including a joint discussion with Jobs and Bill Gates of Microsoft that took place in 2007 where they talk about the history of the personal computer and what Jobs called Post-PC devices.  I love reading about business and I’m a little bit of a tech geek, so the 600-page behemoth is a worthy mountain to climb. I am not even halfway finished, but I have come to this conclusion: Steve Jobs success, at least initially, was basically attributable to one thing –timing.   Read More

The Grief Cycle in Divorce

I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day. This dates back to elementary school. Do you remember wondering if you were going to get balloons from mom or if that person you like would recognize you? I do. It sucked.  I did not get balloons and I did not get any swag from the little red-haired girl. My mom worked and I wore ugly glasses. I don’t think they send balloons to schools anymore for this very reason.  Good move school administration people. Bravo. Read More

Go Buy a TV

I have gotten on this kick where I like salmon for breakfast –whether it be in an omelet or on a bagel or served Benedict style, throw in some tomatoes, purple onion, cream cheese and capers and it is on.   If you are feeling frisky, you could include a little spinach for color.  While I have been trying to cut carbs lately, for breakfast, especially one including “pink fish”, I make an exception. Every now and then I will go to breakfast by myself.  It is a good way for me to clear my head before I get in to the office to face the day’s challenges.  Read More

Not the Same

It has been a while since I sat down to write a blog article.  Who would of thought being the executive director of a new,  Mississippi non-profit adoption agency would be so time consuming?  But I digress (more on that later)… I have a friend and client who is going through a divorce.  He is a great guy who made a few mistakes.  Actually, in the grand scheme of mistakes that a person can make in a marriage, his were relatively minor offenses, but his wife, a hard-charging, type-A personality, cannot stand that her perfect little idea of a life may not have a starched shirt and slick, silk tie.   I grieve for him, but I grieve for her just as much.   I want to reach out to her and tell her that if your idea of living is measured relationally to those around you as opposed to what springs from inside, inhabiting the spiritual realm, there will never be a sense of satisfaction, but what do I know, she is going through one divorce and I have been through about 500. Read More

Tim Tebow versus Joel Osteen

I have a friend who is an addict.  It breaks my heart how he continually makes bad choices.  I have not supported his bad choices and he has said many things calculated to hurt me –mostly via text message.  Even if untrue or with only shades of truth, words from those you love hurt the most.  That is one of the many things that make divorce in the Bible belt of Mississippi (or anywhere for that matter) so freaking hard.   Read More

The Roller Coaster Ride

Being a divorce lawyer is a relatively recession proof occupation.  Unfortunately, the volume of Mississippi family law conflict is endless.  People are going to have relationship problems and they are going to need legal counsel, regardless of their ability to pay for the services.  That is just the way it is.  For many people that may be reading this, their occupation is not “recession proof.”  Maybe you have suffered a job loss or a failed business or you are the spouse of someone who has.  Many people I know and represent, mostly victims of circumstance, have suffered repossessions, foreclosures, bankruptcy or other negative financial consequences.  Read More

Your Story Ends in a Funeral

I had a dream that woke me up early this morning mad and then grateful.  Rachel and I were traveling in the mountains and we were both in separate cars.  She was with her mom and I had someone with me too.  I think it was a friend but I am not totally sure- you know how dreams are.  The kids were with her and they were supposed to be following us to a scenic area.  I went to the spot, and she didn’t show up.  I thought to myself that maybe I have the wrong place.  So I called her.  She didn’t answer.  I looked for her vehicle, but she was nowhere to be found.  I unsuccessfully called her again.  I drove around- still no Rachel and still no kids.  After what seemed like hours, I finally got her on the phone and she dismissively told me that she made another plan and basically I was out of luck.  In my dream, I went crazy.  I was yelling at her words to the effect “What gives you the unilateral right to change our plans and take the kids?”  Thankfully, in the middle of my rant, I woke up and my kids were safely in their beds and Rachel was sound asleep next to me.   Read More

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On January 2, 2017, Robertson + Associates became Robertson and Easterling, PLLC to honor the commitment of Mathew S. Easterling, a Board Certified Family Law Attorney who has dedicated his career to our clients and staff. Please be patient as we re-brand the various forms and information on this site.