Don’t Play Games 

It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. 

            I’m not talking about playing with your children.  Too often I see adults playing games with the other parent’s time. It’s not a game. It’s not really even the other parent’s time. It’s the children’s. 

It is also painful when the lawyer is playing games too. Advocating for your client is not making it as costly and long as possible. It’s not arguing over everything. It’s not agreeing to one thing and then doing another. 

If this post sounds like you, it’s not too late to change. Be a decent parent. Be a decent lawyer. Be a decent human being. And if you are still going to play games, join a soccer team. 

Matthew Thompson is a Family Lawyer and is mildly irritated by people sometimes.


Burn that Bridge. (Sometimes)

I routinely advise to not burn bridges. 

You never know when you may need the skills of others. And we know we can not navigate this world alone, successfully. 

But sometimes you just have to burn that bridge. That person may be making choices in life that jeopardize your case, your children’s safety and your freedom. Burn that bridge. 

Sometimes that person makes promise after promise. It’s what you need and want to hear, but they don’t follow through. You inquire, plead and implore, they dodge, make excuse and ignore. The bridge is burning. 

Ultimately, life is about relationships. Evaluate your “friends” by how they treat you and those that can’t help themselves. 

Sometimes you have to burn the bridge. 

Mississippi Law Unconstitutional; The Sky Did NOT Fall

HB1523 is the law that never was.


Federal Judge Carlton Reeves issued an injunction preventing the law from taking effect, holding that it violated Constitutional protections provided by the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and the Establishment Clause in the 1st Amendment.

As you will recall HB1523 was “needed” to protect mom and pop business from being sued and forced to close shop for refusing the right serve whomever they please. The only problem was there was not a single reported case of this occurring in Mississippi. A solution looking for a problem…for the one example you may recall occurring in the State  of Oregon you may read my assessment here and the Commission’s findings here.

HB1523 also allowed a state employee whose job was to issue marriage licenses to refuse to do their job if they did not approve of your union based on their own religious beliefs or moral convictions. This aspect of the law was likewise found to be unconstitutional.

The Equal Protection Clause is part of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The clause provides that no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction “the equal protection of the laws.”

HB1523 violated this aspect as it treated persons differently under the same law.

The Establishment Clause refers to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that prohibits the establishment of religion.

HB1523 violated this aspect as it favored one religion over all others.

Prior blogs predicting HB1523’s demise may be perused here and here.

Matthew Thompson is an Adjunct Professor of Law at MC Law and a Family Law Attorney encouraging you to believe in your beliefs, but follow the law.

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