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Mississippi Family Law

The Warrior Poet Lawyer

We have done some advertising on social media this week and it has me thinking about the decision-making process a person goes through when employing a divorce attorney in Mississippi and the different personas we encompass.  I am at peace with the reputation we family lawyers have for being considered the scum of the earth.  After all, we feed on other people’s misfortune.  We are scavengers, even vultures.  However, if you have been served with papers or you have caught your spouse in a compromising situation, like us or not, you may just need us.  (The American bald eagle is a scavenger, BTW.) 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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m Divorced, I’m Separated, I’m Miserable, What Now?

Happy New Year! I have been intentionally silent in the blogosphere and email blast world for the last few weeks since our big gala for 200 Million Flowers on December 6th. I guess I was just out of gas, having run so hard in 2012. It took totally unplugging from everything just for the creative energy to start to percolate again.  Even on the last day of the work year I was forced to send a message to a young attorney.  MESSAGE:  If we are going to deal with one another for the next decade or two practicing divorce law in Mississippi, it goes a long way to pick up the phone and talk to me before trying to go around me.  Be a problem solver not a problem creator. Read More

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