In The Community

SM&P partner Tracy Crider obtained a judgment for step-parent adoption by a Georgia stepfather.   When the biological father appealed the case, partner Ryan Proctor successfully defended the trial court ruling on appeal and had the adoption judgment affirmed.  Both victories hinged on the biological father’s failure to provide financial support for the child over a period of more than a year, resulting in the termination of his parental rights, followed by an appeal ruling that the adoption by the stepfather, who had been raising the child for several years prior (and also for several years while the case moved through the legal system), was in the child’s best interests.

Philip Bennett Pennywell was born on December 26, 2018 at 9:29 am at Piedmont Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. We call him Bennett. Big sister Emerson and big brother Cooper are happy their little brother is home and healthy.

Three SM&P attorneys participated in Collaborative Practice training in Tulsa, Oklahoma this month. According to founder and managing partner Mary Montgomery, clients and marriage counselors like to work with attorneys who have been collaboratively trained. “We see our clients when they are going through some of the worst experiences of their lives,” she said. “Anything we can do to make their legal challenges less painful is worth learning about.”

Stacy Johnson, SM&P account manager, has always had long, wavy hair. Having known children who have experienced hair loss through cancer, she knew donating her hair through the Wigs for Kids nonprofit was an easy way to make a difference in a child’s life.