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Mississippi Family Law

Tell Your Kid This

I had a client sit with me today who is staring down the barrel of his second divorce.  He and his wife do not have children, but he does have a child from his previous marriage.  He has talked to his counselor and he has talked to me about what, when and how to tell his child he may be walking through another divorce and things are going to change.  It got me thinking.  What do you tell your kids?   Read More

Building Sandcastles

I am sitting in a coffee shop in Starkville finishing this entry started at the beach –hence the analogy.  We finished the first day of a two day divorce trial.  Everything was at issue at the start of the day, but by lunch, we had narrowed what we did not agree on to a hand full of things --including the non-custodial parent's access to the child at certain times during the year.  I have taken my share of child custody cases in Mississippi to trial.  Did one in Tennessee several years back too ---Sevier County.  There is statue of Dolly Parton in front of the courthouse.  Seriously, look it up.   Read More

Temporary Hearings in Mississippi

I got up early this morning in eager anticipation of today’s events. It’s game day –the day for my client’s temporary hearing.  Years ago I hung up my glove and cleats and traded them in for a briefcase, laptop and last season’s tie.  The smell of pine tar is replaced with the aroma of coffee and toner.  It’s not sexy, but it is what I’ve got.  Today we compete. Read More

Making the Most of Your Weekend

Now living in Mississippi is not the same as living in some place where there is a steady stream of activities, but your weekends don’t have to be like a trip to Disney or “Dad Camp” each and every time. The most important thing is to be together- to be focused on your child and not whatever else or whoever else is in your life at the moment.  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

The Mistake-Proof Divorce with Children

It happens almost every time I am in court. I will be cross examining a witness and he or she will ask me a question in response to my question. I get to ignore them. I sometimes get to ask the judge to instruct the witness to not direct questions to counsel. You see, when you are the lawyer- you get to ask the questions. That is one of the good things about the job. We ask. You answer.  Read More

The 800 Pound Gorilla

The family dynamic is extremely complex, even when biological parents are living together. It is no surprise to older parents that smart teenagers will take advantage of these situations to get their way. When parents are no longer unified or married and new love interests and sometimes new step brothers and sisters are added to the equation, an already complex dynamic is exponentially more difficult.  Read More

The Super Dad Syndrome

Occasionally, Rachel will go out of town and leave me in charge of Mollie Ann and Emma. This past weekend was one of those times. Food? Lunchable- No problem. Entertainment? RedBox- I got this. Clothes? She left them out. Hair? Hair? Hair!  Read More

How to Win a Child Custody Case in Mississippi

There are few relationships that are as important in our society as the parent-child relationship. Child custody cases are the most difficult in all of the law.  Jesus said that children are the very center of his Kingdom, and I strongly believe that absent unusual circumstances, a child needs both parents to be an active part of their life.  Men and woman are simply equipped differently to nurture their children.  I could spend my time in this article talking about theAlbright factors and strategies for convincing a judge that your child should be in your physical or legal custody, which is common sense but something I have had great success doing through the years, but I am going to take a different approach today- one developed from over a decade of experience and enriched by being the father of two precious daughters.   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