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Mississippi Family Law

What am I Not Asking That I Should Be Asking?

I get to meet with all sorts of people about all sorts of things. I am sure you do too. I love to talk to marketing people, counselors, pastors, lawyers, accountants, doctors- you name it. A part of my business growth plan is to make personal connections with folks like me that are in the business of helping people in family crisis. Lately, I have been meeting with a lot of people about adoption. To me, it makes no sense why it should cost $35,000 to adopt a starving or impoverished child in another country. It also makes no sense to me why it should be so difficult and similarly expensive to make connections in our own country between children that need to be loved and a family that has lots of love to give. We want to do something about it. R+A needs to be in the happiness business in equal parts with the sadness business: One child- one family- one connection. After all, piecing blended families together is our specialty. If we can take them apart, we can certainly put them back together again; but more to come on this later.  Read More

Be There for Your Kids

I love my job. Being a Mississippi family law attorney has proven to be a constructive and positive way for me to use my talents. I love people. I love serving others. I enjoy walking clients through one of the most difficult and darkest seasons of their lives. I feel called to this profession. Because of this calling, I believe it’s my responsibility to serve others in this way.  Read More

Back to School

Have you ever had the dream where you were in school and mid-semester you remembered that you had totally forgotten to attend a certain class? The day you finally remember to go, you wander the halls looking for the class and once you find it, the teacher passes out a test. I have this dream every few years and I’m always a little relieved when I wake up. Read More

Being Hit By a Pitch

I had the privilege to play baseball two seasons for Coach Ron Polk. He is an iconic figure in Mississippi State University athletics, the winningest coach in school and SEC history, and a member of College Baseball's Hall of Fame. Although I never made it into any record books and the best compliment I ever received from Coach was on the golf course, not the baseball field, he sends me a birthday and anniversary card every year. He does the same thing personally for every player he ever coached. I’m not talking about an automated email. He sends a hand written card twice a year.  Read More

Your Own Brand of Garbage

There is a time in the initial consultation with a potential Mississippi family law client when we have finished talking about all the biographical data, income, assets, insurance and other black and white stuff when I sit back and say, “Tell me your story.”  Read More

W.W.M.L.D.: What Would My Lawyer Do??

Remember ten or fifteen years ago when people began wearing “W.W.J.D.” bracelets, which stood for “What would Jesus do?”  The premise behind these bracelets was that before a person acted out, they would see their bracelet on their wrist and ask themselves what Jesus would do in their situation.  Hopefully, asking yourself such a question would deter you from doing something that you might regret. Read More

When It's About the Principle

If you know our team at R+A, or if you have checked out our biographies, you know there's not a mental health professional in the bunch. We attorneys are called counselors, but that means counselors at law. We are technically no more qualified to give advice on psychological issues than the next person, although it seems we are often called to by well-intentioned clients on a daily basis.  Read More

Prenuptial Agreement? How Romantic.

Part of being a Mississippi divorce lawyer inevitably involves writing and interpreting prenuptial agreements.  While I am not the biggest fan of prenups in first marriages, they have their place in the world, and they are by no means a new development in the law or in culture.  In fact, anthropologists tell us that couples have been contracting marital rights for thousands of years. If anything, I would submit that there is much less thought going into the financial component of marriage than ever before. Read More

The Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

It happens all the time and I can see it coming from a mile away. There will be an uncomfortable pause in our meeting and a client will say- “There is one thing that I have been meaning to tell you…” At that point, something is revealed that I would have ideally been told in the initial meeting.  Read More

Should I Call My Mississippi Divorce Attorney After Hours?

This weekend I got a call from a client at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. He is one of my favorites. While the issue meant the world to him, in the grand scheme of his case, it could have waited until Monday. I helped him with his problem, but I admit that I was probably pretty short with him. For about thirty minutes or longer he was on my mind instead of my wife and daughters who share me with dozens of client during the week. It got me thinking about the mental process (or lack thereof) that went on before he dialed my number, so I thought I would share some thoughts about whether calling your Mississippi divorce attorney after hours is a good idea.  Read More

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