I adopted my incredible son, Logan, in 2010 with my husband at the time. Logan is the kindest person I have ever known and it’s such a privilege to be his mom. Much of my time outside of work is spent at Logan’s soccer, basketball, and baseball games as he’s very athletic and loves playing sports. When he grows up he wants to play soccer for Atlanta United. Shortly before Covid began Logan received an ADHD diagnosis, so his dad and I have been navigating the world of ADHD treatment. It’s been a challenge, but we are slowly figuring it out!
Logan spends equal time with me and his dad, so I have learned coparenting lessons from personal experience. It was a big adjustment at first to only be with him half the time, but I’ve learned to make the most of my time without him to grow myself personally and professionally. Then during my time with Logan, I can slow down and focus on being a parent. I’ve figured out a great personal balance and, most importantly, Logan is thriving with our custody schedule.
I’ve been divorced twice, once in my 20’s after a very short marriage, and again in my early 30’s when my son was four. After my second divorce I decided to spend some time in therapy to learn what I was doing wrong and how to be more successful in relationships going forward. I learned to be happy being single for the first time in my life and focused on being very selective in finding a partner – even when that meant making a painful decision to let someone go. I’m now remarried to my husband, Jeff, and have two stepdaughters. We were very intentional with blending our families and used a parenting coach to make the transition as smooth as possible for the kids. Jeff also has 50/50 custody of his kids, and it’s been interesting to experience marriage with half of our time to ourselves. No one aspires to be divorced and be with their children only part of the time, but when this is the course that life takes, it does provide time to focus on a new relationship. We can go out to nice dinners without hiring a sitter, vacation just the two of us, focus on joint hobbies like getting certified to scuba dive, and even have an occasional quiet weekend binging a Netflix show together on the couch.
I’ve been practicing family law in Atlanta, Georgia for 15 years. I always knew that I wanted to help children and families, initially wanting to be a high school teacher. However, after student teaching, I decided teaching was not for me and attended law school to practice family law. My first job out of law school at Wake Forest University was to represent the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services in abuse and neglect cases. This gave me extensive experience litigating and with issues involving children. I now practice exclusively family law and especially love helping families with children navigate divorce and custody cases.
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While not wildly adventurous, I get bored easily and like to always have something fun and exciting in the works. My favorite pastime is travel, and in the last few years some of my favorite places I’ve visited were Peru, France, Mexico, Bonaire, and the Bahamas. Two of these trips crossed off bucket list items for me – visiting Machu Picchu in Peru, and swimming with the pigs in the Bahamas. When Jeff and I were planning our honeymoon, we decided to get certified to scuba dive, and that has become an important hobby to us both. We bought a beach condo in Florida to give us more opportunity to dive when travel became difficult with Covid, and it’s also an investment as a short-term rental, giving me another fun project. When Covid started, I became restless with the inability to travel, so I started learning to cook many different dishes. Some of my favorites have been coq au vin, duck confit, Ash Reshteh (Persian bean and noodle soup), and Osso Buco. At the time of starting this blog, vaccines are rolling out and travel is becoming safer, so I have upcoming trips planned to Turks and Caicos and Roatan, Honduras.