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Redemption and Divorce

I was in the book store the other day and I was browsing while Rachel and the girls were listening to story time in the children’s section.  A little red book by Mark W. Gaither called Redemptive Divorce caught my eye.  I finished it last night.  While it would seem that Redemption and Divorce are antonyms, Gaither uses a Biblical discussion of marriage and divorce as the backdrop to introduce a legal strategy aimed at keeping marriages together.  He proposes that filing for divorce can help save a marriage about 20% of the time.   Read More

The Bottle Tree and Your Divorce

I love bottle trees. We have one outside the window of our keeping room where we spend 90% of our time at home. There is something purely southern about a bottle tree. As you already know, I love the South. Supposedly back in “the day”, people would put them outside their home to catch evil spirits. I happen to have one outside my window because I think it is cool. We have been collecting bottles from antique markets and junk stores. (There may be a Heineken bottle or two on there as well)  Read More

Paper is for Remembering- Brains are for Thinking

A wise woman once told me, “Paper is for remembering; brains are for thinking.” Brilliant! I have always been a person who needs paper – lists and calendars; these are staples in my life. I incorporated this logic immediately into all aspects of my life. If my children want me to do something for them, they write me a note.  Read More

Define Your Divorce

My goal is not to be defined by what I do for a living, but define how I do what I do for a living. I think my team and I are doing a pretty good job. As you know if you have spent any time on our site, I am open about my Christian faith. Obviously, the Bible teaches that divorce is wrong except in very limited circumstances. I think God basically hates divorce, and I admit it is often uncomfortable telling people I am a divorce lawyer- especially in church settings.  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

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

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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