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What NOT to bring to the Attorney’s Office…

The initial appointment with the lawyer is always nerve-wracking.

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You should be prepared and be on time. Bring financial records, receipts, tax returns, screen shots of texts, phone records, and recordings.  Bring yourself, perhaps a trusted friend or family member, a form of payment and even an internet-provided checklist of what to ask the attorney.

However, unless requested otherwise, do not bring….

  • Do not bring your Child. It’s not appropriate.
  • Do not bring your Spouse.
  • Do not bring 5 banker’s boxes of information. It’s too much.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and recommends you not bring these things to you first appointment.

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Bacon, It’s What’s for Dinner

I am frequently asked about things a divorced parent can do during their weekend with the children.


It’s easy to run out of things “to do.” And the constant eating out, movies and going to the store can get expensive. Quickly! Here are a few things that you can do;

  • Eat Backwards, dessert first is always a treat.
  • Children’s Museum/Science Museum
  • Park/playground
  • Church Events
  • Neighborhood events
  • Play dates with friend and their parents
  • Picnics
  • Kid’s Eat Free Nights at area restaurants
  • Quiet nights at home
  • Popcorn parties
  • Celebrate Holidays you don’t “get.” Literally, Christmas in July.
  • Camping Out, even if just in the backyard.
  • Breakfast for Dinner, a time-honored tradition.

You are only limited by your imagination. Having all the money in the world doesn’t make you a great parent. Making the most with the time you have does.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney and advises his clients to make having a great relationship with your children priority #1.

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Do You Pass “The SleepOver Challenge?”

Sometimes being a Family Law Attorney leads to having information that you wish you did NOT have.


From swinging key parties to recreational substance abuse, you would be surprised to learn what good, normal people are doing, even your neighbors.

One way to determine if your conduct is “ok” is to ask yourself “Do I pass the SleepOver Challenge?” This simple test is would you allow your child(ren) to go to a sleepover at so-and-so’s house if you knew they were doing whatever it is that you are doing.

If your answer is “yes” then in the eyes of a Judge you’ll probably be fine, (assuming you are in the bounds of societal norms, whatever that means).  If your answer is “no” it’s time to re-examine what you are doing.

And, if you have some rally bizarre behind closed doors conduct, just disregard this, keep it to yourself and don’t invite anyone for a sleepover.

Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody Attorney practicing Family Law in Mississippi.

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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or more information on Child Custody and Divorce. (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.