Atlanta Divorce Law Group - March 2023

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The Best Attorney in Buckhead Congratulations to ADLG’s Allen Russell!

MARCH 2023

As a founder of Atlanta Divorce Law Group, one of the most exciting parts of my career is attracting incredibly talented lawyers, with even more legal experience and knowledge than myself, to join our team, lead our team, and help us realize our mission of helping people make informed decisions so they can build their (and their families) future without regret. So when Allen Russell (a family law litigator for over 25 years) joined us to become one of our partners, it was not only a great win for Atlanta Divorce Law Group, but it was also a huge win for me professionally. My Buckhead Magazine recently named ADLG divorce and family law attorney Allen Russell “Best Attorney for 2022” in its annual Best of Buckhead contest. It was a big moment for Allen and our whole firm! After cheering him on at each step of the process, we were proud to see him take home the title. If you’ve been lucky enough to have Allen as your attorney, you already know how great he is. Even if you worked with someone else on our team, you might have seen Allen’s name on the news. His litigation skills have made headlines since 2001 when coverage

of Cullison v. Thiessen appeared on the front page of Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

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Allen has since argued a half-dozen more high- profile cases and become a mentor to fellow lawyers. He regularly gives talks at seminars, publishes continuing legal education materials, and demystifies family law topics on TV and radio shows. Our whole team is lucky to have him!

When I asked Allen if he’d like to say anything about his big win, here’s what he told me:

“It is an honor to receive Best Attorney for 2022 in Best of Buckhead. I have tried hundreds of complex family law cases in my career, including high-asset divorces, child custody, modifications, paternity/legitimation, and various related matters. “My clients’ rights and well-being are at the heart of every case I take. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Greater Atlanta and for this award. I look forward to helping our clients achieve Happily Ever After Divorce for years to come.” I’m looking forward to those years, too! Allen truly goes above and beyond for our clients, and I’m glad that the people of Buckhead have acknowledged his hard work. I’m looking forward to his future accomplishments as a partner here at ADLG. If you talk to Allen this month, make sure to tell him “congratulations” — he deserves it! –Sara Khaki

“My Buckhead Magazine recently named ADLG divorce and family law attorney Allen Russell ‘Best Attorney for 2022’ in its annual Best of Buckhead contest.”

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Our complimentary divorce support groups and seminars are available online. Register for these upcoming events to gain knowledge, resources, and emotional support to help you feel empowered while you go through major life changes. HAPPILY EVER AFTER DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP MEETING (VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUP) When: Thursday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. Register: AtlantaDivorceLawGroup.com/happily-ever-after-divorce-support-group Spring cleaning isn’t just about decluttering the closet or garage cabinet that has been bothering you for months. It should also involve clearing unhelpful thoughts and feelings from your mind. If you’d like to make that happen and need help, look no further than our Happily Ever After Divorce Support Group. This monthly group brings together people in all stages of the divorce and child custody process. With help from moderator Kathleen Shack, a licensed marriage and family therapist, you will declutter your questions about the past and get excited about the future. Follow our link to register today, or share it with your clients, friends, and family who need support. JOIN OUR COMPLIMENTARY VIRTUAL EVENTS We’re Here to Support!

CONSIDERING DIVORCE (COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR) When: Tuesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. Register: AtlantaDivorceLawGroup.com/our‑seminars

So, Valentine’s Day date night came and went, and your marriage didn’t magically improve — now what? If you’re considering divorce but aren’t sure what the next steps should be (or even if it’s the right choice for you and your spouse), sign up for our free Considering Divorce webinar. In this webinar, we’ll go over deciding if divorce is the best option for you, how the divorce process works, what to expect from a divorce, and any financial concerns that might arise along the way. The webinar can be an excellent resource for you, your friends, clients, or any family members on the fence about divorce or separation. Register at the link on this page!

Here at ADLG, we’re not letting COVID-19 slow us down. Sign up for these virtual events to get the necessary information and support without leaving home.

We’re rapidly approaching the end of the school year, which can be challenging for many high school students. Some may have recently entered a spring slump (or succumbed to “senioritis”), where they grow bored or tired of school and now have their sights set on summer break. You may notice their grades slipping, which could signify skipping school or not trying on their assignments. This can have extreme consequences for their future, like not qualifying to attend their college of choice or even losing a potential scholarship if they’re in their senior year. As their parent, you can help them avert a potential disaster. You might not be able to do the work for them, but you can encourage them to do better. Here are a few ways to help your child avoid the spring slump. CULTIVATE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Most children look to their parents as a primary example of how to act. If you consistently say negative things about school or your child’s teacher(s), they will emulate your feelings. Try to flip your perspective and view their schooling positively if you do struggle with feeling negative about it. Speaking positively about school will help your children enjoy the experience better and set them up for success in the future. PROVIDE MOTIVATION. What motivates your kids? Some kids perform better when rewarded for their actions, while others might need some form of discipline to encourage them to do better. Some kids don’t do well when encouragement comes from their parents, so you may need to find an outside source if your child does not respond appropriately to you. Every teen is motivated by something. If you can provide that motivation, they will do much better in all aspects of life. EXPLAIN THE SIGNIFICANCE OF GOOD GRADES. Sometimes, you just need to sit your kids down and have a conversation about the importance of keeping good grades and doing their assignments. But make this a discussion, not a lecture. If you try to dominate the conversation, it could adversely affect the situation. Explain the significance of grades and their potential impact on their future. Answer any questions they have and be honest in your responses.

Help Your Child Finish the School Year Strong

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Check Out America’s Best St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Feeling the Luck of the Irish?

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Concierge Partner’s Corner

DR. KATHY MINTER

It sounds heartless, but it’s true: When one spouse is diagnosed with a chronic illness, their marriage will end in divorce 75% of the time.

As we inch closer to the beginning of spring, nature around us is coming back to life. Soon, the grass and trees will return to their typical green hue if they haven’t already. Luckily, you don’t need to wait until April to see an abundance of green again. On March 17, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and people across the country will dress in green to honor the occasion. Certain cities in the U.S. go big for St. Patrick’s Day. If you’ve never attended a St. Patrick’s Day parade or celebration, maybe this is the year. Below you’ll find a few cities with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations worth checking out. CHICAGO, IL Nobody does St. Patrick’s Day quite like Chicago, Illinois. The entire city gets a makeover! This year, on March 11, Chicago will host its St. Patrick’s Day parade, which includes dyeing the Chicago River a beautiful shade of emerald green. They’ll start tinting the river around 9 a.m., and the color will fade within six hours, so make sure you get there early! Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is also one of the biggest in the country. You’ll see floats, Irish step dancers, and much more. NEW ORLEANS, LA Once Mardi Gras concludes, all eyes are on St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, Louisiana. The city hosts a parade on March 11, and it’s always quite a spectacle. You’ll see the makings of Irish tradition everywhere, including cabbage, onions, and potatoes, so keep your head on a swivel. You can also head to the Irish Channel neighborhood on March 11 to attend an all-day block party. Plenty of green beer will be available at this event, so come ready to celebrate! NEW LONDON, WI Let’s say you want to do something slightly toned down but still exciting for St. Patrick’s Day. Then, you’ll want to check out New London, Wisconsin, for one of the country’s most unique St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. Leprechauns will change the city signs from New London to New Dublin. The city also puts on an Irish funeral parody in its annual downtown parade.

“What can I say? Megan is the best lawyer there is! She handled my case, and we won. The best decision I ever made was contacting Atlanta Divorce Law Group. I also would like to thank Rachel for what she did and how she kept me informed of what was going on. Once again, I would like to thank everyone.” –Robbie G. “Great team to work with! Very responsive and keeps you in the loop on things.” –Leonardo M. WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING! Unfortunately, many people aren’t mentally or emotionally equipped to love and support their spouses in those difficult moments. The vow, “in sickness and in health,” falls flat. If you’re dealing with divorce and chronic illness right now — or you know someone who is — we feel for you. We have one piece of good news: A qualified internal medicine physician can help, and we know a great number to call! Dr. Kathy Minter is an Atlanta-based internist and primary care doctor with more than 30 years of experience. At her practice, Coney and Minter Internal Medicine, she and fellow physician Dr. Robert Coney specialize in diagnosing and treating adults with complex medical problems like chronic illnesses. If you’re looking for a new medical perspective or want to add another expert to your team, reach out to Dr. Minter at 404-352-5322 or visit ConeyandMinter.com.

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4 Tips to Keep Your House Tidy Add Organization to Your Spring-Cleaning List!

KEEP YOUR MATCHING BED SETS TOGETHER BY USING A PILLOWCASE TO STORE THEM. Organize your linen closet by slipping the flat and fitted sheets into one of their respective matching pillowcases (fold the other pillowcase in there as well!). This way, you’ll never have to hunt for the matching sheets again! USE AN OLD DISINFECTING WIPES CONTAINER TO STORE YOUR PLASTIC BAGS. If you like to reuse plastic shopping bags at home, finding a way to store them can be a pain. Next time you run out of Clorox Wipes (or another generic equivalent), rinse the inside of the container with water and store your plastic bags there. Then with the container’s built-in feeding lid, you’ll be able to pull the bags out one by one as you need them. LABEL MESSY CORDS WITH TAPE. As working from home and numerous consumer electronics (shut up, Alexa!) become more

prevalent in our lives, the cords connecting these devices can become tangled and hard to differentiate. By wrapping a piece of painter’s or washi tape around a cord, you can create a tag to write what that cord is attached to. So, no more guessing which cords you’re unplugging! ADD SOME CHALKBOARD PAINT TO YOUR JARS. Sometimes, we have no idea what’s inside the jars in our pantry. Maybe it’s flour, or maybe it’s powdered sugar. Sometimes, it can be neither! To solve this, you can buy a little jar of chalkboard paint at your nearest craft store and paint squares on your jars (or other unlabeled containers around the house) to write with chalk what’s inside! The best part is you can erase these labels and change them based on the jar’s contents. These hacks will help you give your spring cleaning a major boost by keeping your home neat and tidy for the rest of the year!

It’s March — the month of spring-cleaning! While many often think of scrubbing the windows or washing the floors, spring is the perfect time to reorganize your house into a more efficient space. And no, you don’t need fancy storage furniture or shiny color-coded bins to get your home in order. There are many small things you can do just by using clever tricks and throwaway household items. So, try these organization hacks to tidy your home this month and beyond.

CELEBRATE ST. PATTY’S THE IRISH WAY AT ONE OF THESE ATLANTA PUBS!

When ADLG founder Sara Khaki wants to watch a soccer game with other sports fans here in Atlanta, she knows exactly where to go: Fadó Irish Pub.

If you’re looking for an authentic spot to spend St. Patrick’s Day, we highly recommend Fadó. That said, there are more than a half-dozen other Irish pubs in the city, too, and some of them even host St. Patty’s Day festivities. Here’s a short list!

The bar opens its doors early on Saturdays and Sundays specifically to broadcast games, and it’s the headquarters of nearly a half-dozen teams and fan clubs. It’s also one of the best spots in the city to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 17. At Fadó, you can dig into bangers and mash, Guinness mac and cheese, or a full Irish breakfast of two eggs, Irish sausages, rashers (aka bacon), black and white pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes, and sourdough toast. There’s also plenty of frothy Guinness beer and Irish whiskey on offer to cleanse your palette. According to its website, Fadó has real Irish roots. The chain of pubs was the brainchild of “a small group of Irish entrepreneurs” who touched down in America hoping to “tell the story of Ireland’s rich and ever-evolving pub culture.” Today, Fadó — which means “long ago” in Gaelic — has five outposts, including pubs in Buckhead and Midtown Atlanta; Chicago; Philadelphia; and Columbus, Ohio.

Fadó Irish Pub is located at 273 Buckhead Ave. and 933 Peachtree St. Make reservations at FadoIrishPub.com.

Meehan’s Public House is located at 2810 Paces Ferry Road NW and 200 Peachtree St. Visit MeehansPublicHouse.com to book your table.

The Elder Tree Public House is located at 469 Flat Shoals Ave. SE. They do not take reservations. Find their hours at ElderTreeATL.com.

Limerick Junction Pub is located at 822 North Highland Ave. NE. They do not take reservations but do claim to be Atlanta’s oldest Irish bar. Learn more at LimerickJunction.com.

Gibney’s Pub is located at 231 Peachtree Center Ave. NE. They also don’t take reservations. Find their menu at GibneysPub.com.

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