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Mississippi Family Law

Specialization and Geography

A few days ago a pastor friend asked for a referral to a criminal attorney for the family of a church member. To be able to give him the right name, I had to know the alleged crime and the jurisdiction.  I would not necessarily send someone to the same person for a DUI as I would for domestic violence.  If the crime happened in Meridian, I would not likely make a referral to someone from Greenville. Read More

A Bad Divorce

Last week, Rachel and I were talking in the kitchen about a new acquaintance, and Rachel commented, “I think she and her first husband went through a bad divorce.”  This morning while driving to work, a caller to a radio station expressed how she had recently gone through a “bad divorce”, but things were looking up for her.  Over lunch, a pastor friend of mine brought up how someone he is counseling recently completed a “bad divorce” after a two or three year struggle.  You hear the phrase too from time to time.  It shows up in our everyday vernacular as citizens of the world.  It makes you wonder if there is any such thing as a “good divorce.”  I have unique perspective on the subject, having worked in family law for fifteen years and after being involved in hundreds of matrimonial surrenders. Read More

Some Thoughts to the New Class of Attorneys

Hello new lawyers, and welcome to the practice of law.  You worked hard to get here, so congratulations.  I have seen lots of you throwing out interestingly crafted hash tags and such on various social media outlets, and you deserve to bask in the glory of your newly acquired status as esquire.  When I became a lawyer 15 years ago, I didn’t have Instagram or Twitter to share the news, just a crappy dial up modem at a friend’s house to find out I made the cut.  Actually, I was so stoked when I passed the Bar, I celebrated by buying a couch from a catalog to put in a house I couldn’t afford.  I loved that couch and that house, but I digress. Read More

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

The Jig is Up

Rachel and I have lied to our kids their whole lives.  I am not proud of it.  I certainly want my relationship with our children to be based in truth, but when it comes to stories about the bearded man who likes cold weather and his elf, a rabbit and a tiny little girl who has a thing for teeth, we have not been honest.  Yesterday, we were found out.   Read More

Legal Separation in Mississippi

There are lots of common questions I get in my practice about divorce, but one of the most frequent is whether or not Mississippi recognizes “legal” separation.  The short answer is no.  You are married until you are divorced or someone is dead. Read More

The Search for the Carpenter

When I was a kid, summer lasted forever –shelling butter beans in front of the television, eating watermelons and having bottle rocket wars.  A time of transition, I would ride my bike to the YMCA while my parents were at work and hang out at the swimming pool most of the day.  In the afternoons, we played baseball games, and at night, chased fireflies and occasionally slept on the trampoline in the backyard.  I hope time feels like it’s moving slower for my girls than it is for me.  Our summer so far has been packed with camps, a convention, a busy caseload, a local move and a new construction project for which I am serving as the general contractor. Read More

My Dad is Awesome

align="left"I have been thinking about Father’s Day, which is next Sunday, for several reasons.  For one, we are doing a fundraising campaign for 200 Million Flowers where we are encouraging our supporters to consider making a gift in honor of their dad.  Also, this will be the first Father’s Day since my daddy passed away last July.  When we were cleaning out our attic in anticipation of an upcoming move, I ran across his wallet in a box of his things from the nursing home where he spent the last couple of years of his life.  There was a motorcycle warranty card for his 1975 Honda dirt bike.   Read More

Psychos, Sociopaths and Narcissists

When I got to Mississippi State, I took my first psychology class.  It met in an auditorium and had probably 300 students.  It was obviously a big room, but it had more of a high school auditorium feel than that of a college lecture hall.  The study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior is fascinating, and I have been practicing psychology without a license ever since I shook the apple tree of life and it produced the pineapple of a divorce practice.   Read More

Uber and Technology in Divorce

There is new technology in big cities across the world that uses geomapping to connect people who need rides with people willing to give them.  It is called Uber.  Essentially, you load an app to your smart phone, connect it to a method of payment and when you need a ride, you push a button.  The closest several drivers are given the opportunity to accept the assignment.  The first one to say yes gets connected with the customer.  The driver sees the location on his smart phone, and he picks up his new passenger, usually within ten minutes.  After the ride, funds are exchanged electronically based on distance and time.  The tip is included.  A simple receipt is emailed to the passenger, who is asked to rate the experience and the driver.  The driver also rates the passenger.  Uber takes a commission for the use of their technology.  The passenger gets a better deal than a cab and the driver, who is an independent contractor who has a self-insured, newer model automobile, has almost unlimited freedom when it comes to creating his own work-life balance.  Many Uber drivers do it as a supplemental source of income.  I used it in recent trips to Atlanta and Chicago and could not say enough good things about my experience. Read More

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