Legal Separation

How Long Does Mediation Take?


via FindLaw

The complexity of the issues and ability of the individuals to be flexible as they negotiate a fair agreement determines the length of the mediation. Every case is different, but the average case usually takes at least three to four two-hour mediation sessions, spread out over at least a month or two. More complex cases can take four to six months to complete.

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via Avvo

Parental alienation is the process, and result, of psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent and/or other family members. It occurs almost exclusively with family separation or divorce, particularly where legal action is involved. If your ex-spouse is committing this divisive act, call us to set up a consultation.

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For most parents, nothing is more important than the well-being of their children, which is probably one reason why legal disputes involving kids are often so challenging, not to mention emotional.

At the Thomas Family Law Firm, PLC, we understand that child custody disputes and other related legal matters are often difficult to deal with, especially if you do not have experienced legal guidance by your side. Fortunately, we are here to help. 

Much of life is unpredictable. Your legal fees don’t have to be. Attorney Justin K. Thomas now offers flat-fee services* for juvenile court support, contempt and visitation matters. Contact us for your consultation 901-537-0010

Consider an "Issues To Discuss" Checklist

Once retained, we encourage you to save time and money by gathering important legal and financial documents together before our first meeting. Doing this ahead of time gives us an immediate and useful overview of the property and assets likely to be at issue in your case. Most importantly, it allows us to work together to secure your short and long-term interests.

These checklists from FindLaw can give you an idea of what topics and documents will come up in our discussions:

There Is No Crying In Baseball And There Is No Winning In Divorce



by Heather L. Locus via Forbes

The emotions of divorce are overwhelming. They may have you thinking in terms of winning and losing. Here’s the thing...NOBODY WINS in divorce. If you asked one hundred divorced couples who they thought got the better end of the deal when they finalized their divorce, it’s a safe bet that most, potentially all, would say, “my ex.”


9 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting Separated From My Wife


by Chris Illuminati via Fatherly

Separating from my wife was a sad and scary process but the decision was, ultimately, a smart one. That said, there have been more than a few bumps in the road that I wasn’t ready for or simply didn’t see coming. Using my power of hindsight, which might be a superpower to some, here are some of the things I wish I knew before getting separated. I hope will serve as inspiration, or in some cases a warning, to others going through a split.


How to get an uncontested divorce


via Avvo

An uncontested divorce is a type of divorce where couples agree to negotiate and settle their divorce issues outside of court. For this reason, uncontested divorces are overall much quicker and less expensive than a contested divorce.

This guide from Avvo walks you through the uncontested divorce process, including the steps you'll need to complete, the decisions you'll need to make, and what to expect once your divorce is final:

Divorce the Ex: Not the Kids


by Bruce Provda via National Center for Fathering

Typically, some fathers disconnect from their children when they divorce. With a little thought, the divorce can open the door to connecting with your kids in a way that was never possible before. You’ll possibly have limited opportunities; make the most of them.

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Until you are legally divorced, you are still married.

Justin K. Thomas

Justin K. Thomas

Even though the relationship between you and your spouse has changed and you may no longer be living together, until you are legally divorced, you are still married.

The legal ramifications of being married vary from state to state, but generally speaking, until you are divorced you and your spouse have certain rights and obligations to one another. In general, until you are divorced not only can you not remarry but also anything you obtain may be subject to a claim of ownership, in whole or in part, by your spouse, and the future ownership of assets and property already obtained may be unclear.

If you're ready to start your divorce, we can help. Contact us for a consultation (901-537-0010).