Manely Firm - March 2020

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M arch 2020

S lay the D arkness B efore Y ou And Step Into the Light

Spring is the time for rebirth. The grass is beginning to grow, the trees are sprouting new leaves, and the birds are chirping their excitement about the season to come. As nature hums back to life, we experience new beginnings in our own lives. After the holidays, we often consult with a lot of people who come to the firm looking to make a change. Perhaps they’ve just spent an extended amount of time with a spouse who they’ve grown apart from and have just realized they need to part ways with this person. If this experience resonates with you, just know that spring is the perfect time for personal change as the world changes around you. You have the opportunity to shake off what’s holding you back and bask in the warmth of the spring sun as you move forward with your life. “It might be time to take a journey of self-actualization to discover what you truly want to become in this era of new beginnings.”

Change often comes with a lot of self-reflection, and if you are ready for a fresh start, it might be time to take a journey of self-actualization to discover what you truly want to become in this era of new beginnings. Tolkien Reading Day is on March 25, so take it as an opportunity to begin an unexpected journey to find yourself, just as the great author encouraged. However, unlike the adventures in Tolkien’s books, the journey that lies before you is one you must travel inside yourself as you find what you truly want in life. At times, the path that lies before you can feel as though you are taking an all-powerful ring into the heart of darkness. But ultimately, the light at the end of the tunnel will pierce through the dark. The greatest monsters you’ll encounter are those you might have created

yourself, and though it might be tough, they can be vanquished. The obstacles in your path can be surmounted, so don’t let them impede your journey of self-discovery. Take an unexpected journey of rebirth and self-discovery this spring and see where it takes you. I hope you find yourself in the position to confidently reach out and grasp the happiness you truly deserve. Perhaps that path means changing the nature of your personal relationships. If you find that you are uncertain of where to start, I encourage you to reach out to us at The Manely Firm. We will be happy to help you with that road map to get you where you most want to be. –Michael Manely 1

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A rtful P arenting How to Support Your Teen’s Artistic Passions

When a teenager is involved in sports, it’s easy to show support for their passion. You take them to practice, go to their games, celebrate their victories, and help them learn from their losses. But what if your teen is more into arts than athletics? Without a literal sideline to cheer from, helping your child grow and develop in fields like writing, painting, and photography can feel — well, abstract. But make no mistake, parents can show concrete support in a few ways to help their budding artist grow and excel in the arts. S tars to S trive F or Just as many young athletes have star players they look up to and try to emulate on the field, aspiring artists can look to those making waves in their artistic fields today. Often, school courses focus on “the classics,” which can just feel like homework to an aspiring artist. This is where you can help. Introduce the work of contemporary artists to your teen, or better yet, give your teen opportunities to discover them on their own. Trips to museums and libraries can be just as impactful on growing artists as going to a ball game. N o . 1 F an You may not have to drive your high schooler to writing practice, but you can still give them the tools Dina Khismatulina was born and raised in Russia, where she received most of her education until earning her degree. “In Russia, I worked with a corporate-type company and tried to move to the U.S. to do something different and more meaningful,” Dina remembers. “But I also wanted to do something in relation to international law.” Part of her work in Russia involved international and family law, and Dina realized she had a passion for this area. “I wanted to continue applying it in my career.” Once in the U.S., Dina entered law school, earning her degree and passing the bar exam. As a full- fledged attorney, Dina searched for a place where international and family law merged, and that’s when she found The Manely Firm. “When I started, that’s what I loved about it here,” she says. “My international experience comes into play, and I can use what I’ve learned in every aspect of what I do.” Not only does Dina care for and love working with her clients, but she can also relate to them on a personal level. “In situations where children are involved, I

and support they need to hone their passion. The most obvious way is by asking to see their writing or art, but keep in mind many teens may not be willing to share something that personal. Still, reminding them you’re genuinely interested in their work can help them stick with their passion. Indirect gestures like buying them quality art supplies can also show them you value their craft. T he B ig L eagues Sure, there’s no varsity watercolor portrait team, but student artists can strive for important milestones. School clubs like student newspapers can provide a semiprofessional outlet for young artists, and there are myriad creative outlets outside the classroom as well. Community galleries, youth anthologies, coffee shop open mics — these are all amazing opportunities for your teen to take their work to the next level. Just as most teen athletes won’t be professional players, you don’t have to expect your artist to be the next Ursula K. Le Guin or Banksy. Whatever their interests are, helping your child explore their passions and enjoy a discipline will leave them with skills and memories they’ll draw upon the rest of their life. know what that’s like. I’m a parent too and can relate to parents wanting what’s best for their kids. Children hold a special place in my heart, and I will do the best I can to ensure they’re taken care of.” Dina is a hardworking and caring individual who loves forging relationships and ensuring bright futures for people both in and outside of Georgia. “Sometimes, we help clients who’ve started with other firms in Georgia. We focus on a lot of cases that no one else handles, such as determining and collecting international child support for foreigners and vice versa. Our clients who come to us usually have exhausted all other options, and I’m glad we’re here to give them that hope back.” Dina’s love for finding solutions and solving problems for our clients mirrors all our resolve here at The Manely Firm. Our goal is to help you. Our skilled, professional, and talented attorneys, such as Dina, will have your back no matter what lies before you.

D ina K hismatulina

Using Her Ski l ls and Talents for Our Cl ients


Helping You Get Your Children Back Home Someone yearning to return to their home country with their children might find that they must first fight through some significant legal difficulties. Our office receives many calls from people around the world seeking advice about how to get their children home, but too often, they call us later than they should. Even if they’ve thought about this choice for a long time and done their best to make returning home a reality, they can end up in complicated and dire situations without the proper help and guidance. Whether someone wants to leave the U.S. with their children for another country or come back to the U.S., when we hear the facts of their case, we often discover that they aren’t quite ready to make their way home successfully. However, if they have the time to plan, our team of attorneys can work with them to make sure they put in place what they need to get their children home. Even if they think they’ve run out of time to plan their escape, we can always improve their situation with good triage and more immediate strategies. Our main priorities are to help our clients understand the laws applicable to them and to give them the tools they need to accomplish their objectives. We want the circumstances they’re facing to neatly fit with what the law requires so they can do what they need to do. Then, we execute the plan. No matter the circumstance you find yourself involved in, our team can help. But you should contact us as soon as possible. We can help you collect the evidence you need to present your case. Someone who is contemplating or in the midst of a family law case should contact our office as early as possible so that they have the best chance of putting all the pieces in place to get their children home. It will help you significantly to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side, planning with you, fighting for you. We want our clients to take control of their destiny and forge a bright future. By contacting us, you are greatly improving your situation for your benefit and increasing your chances of success exponentially. The key is to call us long before you absolutely need us. A R eliable T eam on Y our S ide

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” –Winston Churchill

P esto C hicken W ith B listered T omatoes

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I ngredients

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2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko

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2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 6 tbsp spinach pesto 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

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1 tsp red wine vinegar

D irections


In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar.


In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat.





3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned.

10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.


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A Journey of Self- Actualization

Supporting Your Teen’s Art Relating to Clients Through Experience

Heading Back to Your Home Country

3 Eco-Friendly Home Swaps to Make During Spring-Cleaning

growing. You can save money on cleaning supplies by taking the green route. When your current stock runs out, try buying bulk cleaners or making your own. Both options will save plastic because you can reuse your bottles, and they can help you avoid the harmful chemicals found in most cleaners. Visit and read the blog post “Zero Waste Cleaning Supplies + Recipes” to get started. 2. E xplore alternative laundry detergents . If you’re used to using a plastic jug of liquid laundry detergent, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. This spring, try exploring greener alternatives like plant-based bulk laundry powder (Molly’s Suds is an excellent source). Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even try adding all-natural cleaners like soap nuts or English ivy to your laundry loads. For more on the former, search “soap nuts” on, and read up on ivy detergent at Permacrafters. com/English-Ivy-Laundry-Detergent. 3. S ay goodbye to paper towels . Paper towels are a mainstay in American homes, but do we really need them when a good old-fashioned rag can do the job? According to the Ocean Conservancy, 13 billion pounds of paper towels are tossed in the U.S. each year! This spring, quit paper towels and keep a stash of dish rags under the sink to do your dirty work. When you’re cleaning out your closet, you can even cut up old T-shirts and add them to your rag stash! If you’re brave, try giving up tissues, too — an old-school hanky does the trick.

Y our G uide to S pring - G reening 3 Eco-Fr iendly Home Swaps to Make When You Declutter

It takes a special kind of person to enjoy spring-cleaning. For most of us, the satisfaction of a clean house doesn’t quite outweigh the hours of scrubbing, sorting, and slogging through heaps of unnecessary stuff. If you’re struggling to find the motivation to start your spring-cleaning, try flipping the paradigm: Instead of spring-cleaning, think of what you’re doing as spring- greening , and make some eco-friendly swaps along the way. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 1. S wap your plastic spray bottles for bulk or DIY cleaning products . According to a Statista report, in 2019, the household cleaners market was worth more than $31 billion, and it’s continuously

If you’ve made all three of these swaps, don’t stop there! To continue your green journey, visit any of the blogs mentioned above and start browsing.


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