Foul Play? What this HBO Series ‘Divorce’ Depicts

Melody Z. RichardsonDivorce

I frequently receive articles in my news feed with headlines such as “Divorce System Prompts Bitter Couples to Use Kids as Weapons.” The first paragraph of that particular article noted that “the epic hatred” between the author’s friend and the friend’s former husband played out in an acrimonious custody battle that “scarred the boys’ psyches in ways both awful and … Read More

HOW TO REFORM A BERT BELL/PETE ROZELLE QDRO

Melody Z. RichardsonDivorce

Christopher John Doleman, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, was one of the best and most tenacious right defensive end players in the history of the NFL. Several years after he retired from the NFL, his tenacity on the gridiron manifested itself in line-of-duty orthopedic injuries. As a result, the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL … Read More

Divorce Drama vs. Divorce Reality

Rachel K. MillerChild Support, Custody, Divorce

While TV shows and movies do a great job at encouraging families that divorce is not as taboo as we used to believe, the media does not do a great job at illustrating what a true divorce looks like.  There are many creative liberties taken!  Here are some examples: In the opening scene of the Wedding Crashers movie, we see … Read More

Self-Executing Changes in a Settlement Agreement: Eight Things Everyone Should Know

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesDivorce, Mediation

Twelve years after the Supreme Court of Georgia first held that self-executing change of custody provisions were not permissible, many questions still exist as to what is and is not permissible when it comes to changes in parenting plans that do not require court intervention. When are they permitted and when are they invalid? When can the parents agree to … Read More

Top 10 Things to Remember When Going Through a Divorce

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesDivorce

“A good divorce is when the mommy and daddy are nice to each other and try to be friends, like you and daddy, and a bad divorce is when the mommy and daddy fight and scream at each other.” Sarah Armstrong’s book, The Mom’s Guide to a Good Divorce, opens with that poignant statement made by her daughter. Ms. Armstrong, … Read More

How To Avoid Becoming the Evil Step Parent

Rachel K. MillerDivorce

Being a step-parent is not always easy. You are helping your spouse rear his or her children, sometimes as an equal partner in that role, but you are often not given the love and respect that he or she, as the biological parent, is given. Understandably, the children are loyal to their biological parents, not to you. You are the … Read More

Sleepless in Divorce: The chapters that were never made into a movie – Chapter 6

Melody Z. RichardsonCustody, Divorce, Divorce Process, Melody Richardson

It took the court six months after the 120-Day Status Conference for the Court to find three consecutive days to set aside for the trial. The day of trial arrived, and we were ready to proceed. When we arrived in the courtroom, we asked the judge for a pre-trial conference in one final effort to try to settle the case. … Read More

Sleepless in Divorce: The chapters that were never made into a movie – Chapter 5

Melody Z. RichardsonCustody, Divorce, Divorce Process, Melody Richardson

Sam had provided all of the discovery responses, and the depositions had been completed. From Sam’s testimony at his deposition, I learned what Sam perceived Annie’s flaws to be and how he thought she had contributed to the end of their marriage. Sam decided not to exercise his privilege against self-incrimination, and testified about his numerous affairs. Annie was extremely … Read More

Sleepless in Divorce: The chapters that were never made into a movie – Chapter 3

Melody Z. RichardsonCustody, Divorce, Divorce Process, Melody Richardson

Since Annie wanted to file for divorce right away, we drafted a complaint for divorce for her to review. We convinced her to allege in the complaint that the marriage was irretrievably broken rather than to allege she wanted a divorce because of Sam’s adultery. We thought that would both protect their children from learning about the affair and keep … Read More