A New Agenda

The old agenda, or the current one really, for certain professionals who participate in family law matters is to capture as many clients as possible, and to extract as much financially out of each one as possible.  This is the status quo.

It’s “just business” — except to the emotionally vulnerable and to the potentially shut-out party who is unaware of how this business of divorce works.  On some cases we see clear signs of the callous “Pump and Dump Mills” practicing family law, but these do not serve either families or the justice system.  They take fees from clients, file motions and stir up more conflict for the parties, and then abandon the case when the money is gone.  But sadly that is not even the worst of it.

So MAC’s agenda is to create a shift in thinking, in that we reward professionals who actually put their client’s needs and outcomes first, and their profits second.  We also have shifted more responsibility to the parties in a case to understand more and to make better decisions.

A savvy parent said recently, “They get the money; we get the misery.”  Fortunately we can report that this is not the mantra of all family law practitioners, or of all attorneys and judges.

There is nothing wrong with being in business to make money and we encourage strong business practices and believe profit is a great thing; but it’s how you get there that counts.  If you profit over and above what your contributions are professionally and do so by causing harm to parents and children…well, that’s not acceptable.  (See “Pay to Play” Parts One & Two, MAC Blog)

Think we shouldn’t have to spell that out?  You’re right…NO, we shouldn’t, but unfortunately we do.  Especially here in Georgia.

So, the “New Agenda” according to our team of professionals and parents is this:  You can be profitable doing the right thing.

Another reason for having to firmly state that there is a new agenda in the family law community is that children are being harmed and to such a degree that it is wearing down the fabric of our society.  This is the reason MAC is being uplifted and funded by those who have witnessed this and want to intervene.

 

And, now for the tough love speech:

There are a number of groups around the country creating an “awakening” for parents facing legal disputes.  Some organizations have a soft and carefully spun message while others shout “danger!”  Regardless of where you get your information, you need to take ownership of your situation,and become fully aware and informed.  Connect with the right professionals who will uphold Fiduciary Duty, using evidence & assertive legal strategy to protect and serve well.

There is also an awakening in terms of investigations by our Press and Policy Leaders into why so many children are being damaged in Georgia and in several other states related to the fallout from high-conflict divorce and child custody cases.

We have different ways for you to get involved, whether you prefer to email us your needs, or simply comment on Facebook or on our Google Community Page “Georgia Parents in Family Court.”

If you are a professional, and consider yourself part of the Solution to the dilemmas we reveal here, then feel free to join when ready and appear with our outstanding “Counsel for Change.”

If you aren’t certain what “Change” we mean, or why it is necessary, please continue reading on our Case Study pages.  Some professionals may find this uncomfortable to read, as what we outline here is not happening on every case in every county, so it is possible that you simply haven’t been exposed yet.  Many of the professionals and judges we are studying and reporting on choose to do the right thing on enough cases so as to make our case studies appear as isolated incidents that can be blamed on the most damaged parent.  If this were just a few…we might subscribe to that myth.

The bottom line is that the “select” few professionals we point to may seem like good citizens and upstanding professionals, so as to cause doubt about these reports.  For each case we report on or facts that we describe, there are dozens (if not hundreds) of cases backing up what we reveal.  This is more than five years worth of analysis, and more than 20 years worth of history.

 

Back to the beginning: if you have not gone through divorce or dealt with a legal conflict – especially involving child custody – much of this won’t make sense.

For now, please accept that we have a broad alliance with support from our healthcare and business sectors because of the significant history in Georgia showing how our families enter the legal system and come out in much worse shape on the other side.

For those litigants who are parents, this means that their children experienced more loss and more trauma than was necessary under the circumstances.  Our mission is to intervene and provide solutions to this dilemma.