About half of all the people I come into contact with end up hating me…
I don’t think this bothers me, though. It suits my personality. However, my goal is not to be hated, nor is my goal to destroy your family. Enough of you do that without any attorney’s help.
I have been cussed out, threatened and heckled for doing my job. A few include;
“Terrorist” (by opposing party)
“Weasly, little, S.O.B.” (by opposing counsel outside of Court)
“@#@$^&@$*!” (too harsh to print)
“Homeboy” (by opposing counsel, in Court!)
“Bow Lie Lawyer” (by opposing party…a year later, hmm…)
threatened to be “filleted” (like a fish, I suppose, by opposing Counsel- in a call to my home after hours- we’re friends now)
and just about every other “name” in the book
What have you been called at work?
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I consider this a badge of honor, in case you are wondering. I would also encourage the would-be-litigants to direct their anger not at the attorneys, nor even the other spouse, but to use that anger to search inward and resolve to improve yourself and those relationships with others. At least that is what Dr. Phil would say. And if all of that is too hokey – be your worst self and see how that works for you.
Matthew Thompson is a Divorce Lawyer in Mississippi and encourages those of you that are name callers to Grow Up.
Memo to Friends: You can still be friends. The tendency is to avoid the divorcing parties. After all you just don’t want to get involved and you could end up being a witness. While this may be true you have to ask “Are you being a Friend?“
Oftentimes the friends choose a side or stay out all together, however divorce does NOT require this. One of the divorcing parties may seem to “require” this, however.
If you are a close friend of a person going through a divorce or separation they need an outlet to vent to or take their minds off of things. If you are a party to a divorce or separation requiring your friends to divorce your spouse is usually not the right answer.
Matthew Thompson is a Divorce Lawyer in Mississippi and reminds you of the wise words of WAR, the American funk band, – ” Why can’t we be friends…”
With apologies to the Beastie Boys, it should NOT be a fight to get your child’s important school and medical records. Fortunately, by law in Mississippi, you are entitled to those records regardless of your Custody papers.
“Notwithstanding any other provisions of law…access to records…pertaining to a minor child, including but not limited to medical, dental and school records, shall not be denied to a parent because the parent is not the child’s custodial parent if such parent’s rights have not been terminated by adoption or by termination of parental rights proceeding.” Id.
As a parent you have the right to this information by law. You can request medical records regarding your child’s health and prior appointments, you can get their school records and grades, whether the other parent gives it to you or not.
Armed with this Statute and a smile, schools and doctor’s offices have no right to refuse you this information.