Want a Better Life? Don’t Do This! One Divorce Attorney’s Take

I give GREAT advice everyday. At least most, I think, is good to great advice, but seldom is it truly something you did not already know…

Hearing the obvious however, sometimes helps it “click.”

I have recently spent some time speaking with former clients, now close friends, about work, life, family and why things are not magically better now that they are on the other side of divorce.

Primarily the reason is perception versus reality.  The idea that if I can just get through this period in my life all will be better does not hold true.  As soon as you make it through that time, something else comes up in life that kicks you in the teeth, figuratively speaking of course. The “just power through it” mentality usually results in a let down when that next issue inevitably crops up.

So, back to what is that I am not to do for a better life? Do NOT invite DRAMA into your life. You have  enough to deal with.  Do not allow persons who steal your spirit and crush your soul to be in your life, if you can help it.

Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney and warns clients about who and what they allow in their lives.

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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.

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Nuclear Scandal or Atomic Ado About Nothing? How Controversy “Follows” the Clintons like Thunder follows Lightening.

For good or for bad, the Clinton family is the face of American Politics.


The “scandal du jour” is that “a Canadian company known as Uranium One wanted America to defend its Uranium interests from a Russian firm, Rosatom;  then later decided to simply let Rosatom acquire it. To do so,  Uranium One needed State Department approval. (The approval was necessary because Uranium One controlled American uranium mines and exploration fields, a strategic asset. And approval was gained.)” 

“As the Russians assumed control of Uranium One in separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show a flow of cash to the Clinton Foundation.

Uranium One’s chairman made four donations totaling $2.35 million. Other persons with ties to the company made donations as well. The donations were not properly disclosed.

Complicating matters, Uranium One had acquired its interests after its major shareholder, Frank Giustra, travelled with Bill Clinton to Kazakhstan in 2005 and met with the country’s leader. Giustra sold his interest in the company in 2007 and was not involved in the later dealings. But Giustra has put tens of millions of dollars into the foundation’s work; the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, which bears his name, is a formal component of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Id. 

The Uranium One story is troubling, and potentially damaging, because of the personal ties, the foreign interests, the opacity, and connecting the dots, which involves Putin allies publicly gloating over Russia’s increased dominance of the world’s uranium supplies. 

Putting aside who got rich, did this series of uranium deals damage or compromise national security?   “the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.” It makes Russia stronger. 

Ok, Russia has nuclear interests, So what?  Russia is also allied with Iran.  From 2005 to current, Russia has assisted Iran with developing their Nuclear Technology.  The director of the Russian state nuclear power company recently signed an agreement for the additional reactors with his Iranian counterpart, at Rosatom.

Iran has been under sanctions for years due to their Uranium Enrichment program.

The United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other nations want the enrichment program to be shut down because the same industrial process, using centrifuges, can be used to produce materials for nuclear weapons. 

The links above go to the New York Times and New Yorker articles with additional info.

Confused yet? Headache? It’s a big deal because who has radioactive materials matters and millions of dollars exchanging hands going to persons responsible for who ends up with radioactive materials matters and the “errors” in reporting said millions of dollars matters, and Iran’s access to radioactive materials matters and what Russia does matters.

Matthew Thompson is an Attorney in Mississippi and wondered why this story was buried about 3 pages below Jeb Bush’s Paleo diet and just wanted to see if anyone out there cares… 

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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at 

(601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.

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New Judges are Coming… 11th, 20th, & 4th Districts; The Scoop on the Candidates.

Family Law is not necessarily full of exciting news. Sure, we have juicy stories of debauchery, but that has occurred since man became upright…

Illustration by Barbara Kelley 

But, getting 3 new Judge positions is exciting!

Governor Bryant signed into law a bill that creates 3 new judges to hear divorce, custody, child support, paternity, will, estate and land matters, among other limited areas of the law.

These 3 new judges will be over districts that have been in much demand for another Judge.

District 11 is getting a 3rd Judge. District 11 covers Madison, Leake, Holmes and Yazoo counties. The Current Judges are Cynthia Brewer and Robert Clark, III.

The candidate for this seat is James Walker (click for website). Walker is the current Family Master for the District, hearing Emergencies,Temporary Hearings and the types of matters the current Chancellors hear. Walker is the former staff attorney for Judge Cynthia Brewer and former staff attorney for DHS.  Walker is the definite front-runner (FB).

District 20 covers Rankin County and will likewise be getting a 3rd Judge.  The current Judge is John Grant.  There is a vacancy for the 2nd Chancellor due to the untimely passing of Judge Dan Fairly– which will be filled, most likely, by appointment and special election.

Craig Slay is the only candidate that has qualified for the new position, but the rumor mill has at least 4 other candidates in the mix. Slay is the Board Attorney for the  Rankin County Board of Supervisors and has practiced law for nearly 20 years. At the time of this post Slay’s social media presence was not readily apparent.

Prentiss Grant is one of those candidates. He has announced publicly to be in the running for Rankin Chancery Judge, though not listed yet on the Secretary of State’s website.  P. Grant has practiced for over 25 years and handled many Chancery Court cases, among criminal and personal injury areas of practice as well.

This will be an exciting race to watch!

District 4 covers Amite, Franklin, Pike and Walthall counties and will be getting a much needed second Chancellor.

Conrad Mord is the only candidate to toss his hat in the ring so far. Mord has practiced in the district for 40 years and currently serves as the Youth Court Referee, a.k.a. Youth Court Judge. The current lone Chancellor is Debbra Halford.

Stay tuned for all of your Family Law Judge news.  This election coverage will be updated as more candidates qualify, though not so much coverage as to be soul-crushing to the casual reader!

Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney and is interested in the election process and the candidates that will decide critical issues for Families in Mississippi.

Follow the blog: BowTieLawyer Visit the website: Thompson Law Firm

You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at 

(601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.

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