What Does Family Mean to Me?

Family are those we choose to spend our time and build our lives with. While I am very close with both my mom and my sister, I also have several really close friends I would consider family. And pets are of course also family! (Yes, I have written Parenting Plans for pets before – be sure to ask me about it).

The social definition of family is changing and growing. I think the legal field needs to change and grow with it. This is one of the large draws family law had for me – there are all sorts of families out there, and there should be lawyers to fight for the rights of those families too.

I’m one of those rare Atlanta natives, born and raised in Stone Mountain and then Lawrenceville, Georgia. My parents divorced when I was 5 and my sister was 3, so it was just me, my mom, and my sister growing up. And the pets of course! We always had at least one dog and multiple cats. My childhood dog actually lived to see me start college, so that was really special.

As for right now, I currently live in Suwanee, Georgia with my boyfriend, Josh, and cat, Charlie. We’re my perfect little family right now, though there are plans to adopt a puppy in the future!


It’s really my own story – that I grew up a child of divorce, and I turned out just fine! So I can tell you, if you are going through divorce, your kids will be okay. My parents divorced when I was very young, and there was a very long, drawn out custody and visitation battle. Not only in court, but between my parents as well. While it is true that children see and hear more than you may think, it really will be okay. Please don’t hesitate to ask me about what it was like growing up, or what helped me through it. I want to share so that I can help parents and children who are going through the same (or similar) thing, and show them how you really can reach your happily ever after!

Favorite Parts of Being An Attorney

Ryan likes being an attorney because it gives her the chance to help people through one of the most difficult life transitions that they may go through. She is a great lawyer because she takes the time to really listen to her clients and pick up on what is not being said. She is good at reading facial expressions and body language and can really pick up on what the actual issue is. She knows how to resolve those real issues, so that the divorce can be as smooth as possible for every party involved. She firmly believes divorce does not have to be this big, long, expensive drawn-out fight.

She also understands that no two divorces are the same. This makes it important to really listen and understand her clients’ stories to help them find a solution to their unique problems. Her hard work is clearly paying off as she was recently selected as a 2019 Super Lawyer and Rising Star.

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