April 2021 Newsletter
A blustery but beautiful March was accompanied by lowering COVID-19 numbers. While relieved and grateful, we are still taking all necessary precautions to protect our clients from exposure to the virus. Work for our clients continues at full speed with the dedication they have come to expect from us.
To better serve our growing client base, the firm has added three attorneys in recent months — Dominic Jones, Myia Robinson, and Nauman Saddique. We are proud to feature all of them in this month’s Attorney Spotlight.
Read about the value of the JROTC program in our schools, benefits of drill meet efforts, and how SM&P supported Sprayberry High School’s JROTC unit’s local drill meet.
We apologize to Hallie Willis and our readers for misspelling her first name in last month’s newsletter. Please take note of the correct spelling.
Learn more about common law marriage in Georgia by checking out our “2021 Guide to Georgia Common Law Marriage.”
We hope you enjoy April, a favorite month for many. And remember – the SM&P staff stands ready every month of the year to assist you with your family law needs.
As a family law attorney, Dominic’s interest in further expanding his knowledge of family law led him to Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor. “I was aware of their reputation for excellence, so it made sense to join the firm,” he said. “They have an abundance of support staff and legal resources, allowing their attorneys to do the very best for each client. They seem to have a family-focused work environment. Everyone feeds off of each other, working collectively to help each member of the team reach their ultimate goals.”
Myia Robinson has learned family law from the ground up. Starting out as a legal assistant and then a paralegal, she built on these practical skills in law school. Born in Atlanta, then moving with her family to Hinesville, Georgia, Myia was left with a longing to return to Georgia. In 2016, she graduated from Georgia State University College of Law and chose to practice family law. Having experienced a divorce of her own, she can empathize with her clients and understand what they are going through and their needs.
Originally from the Atlanta area, Nauman attended Emory University. After graduating from a Florida law school, he worked as a public defender. “I believe everyone deserves the best legal representation, whatever their situation,” he said. Nauman rejoined the private sector and dedicated himself to the exclusive practice of family law. He recently returned to Atlanta and continued building his reputation in family law.
Many high schools have a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) curriculum where the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment are instilled in the students. Routinely, a school will host a Drill Meet for cadets at local schools to compete in various categories. Recently, Cobb County’s Sprayberry High School hosted such a meet, and SM&P client relations director Victoria Turney and the local DAR chapter provided much-needed bottled water.
In Georgia, many people still believe in common law marriage. While it is not something that is common today, there are still people who have this type of relationship. Understanding what it is — and is not — can help you navigate the waters of marriage and divorce. This information may also make it easier to determine if you have this type of “marriage” in Georgia and what to do if you want to end that relationship.