As a stepmom to 3 children, I know the importance of having trusted family lawyers for domestic issues such as divorce, custody, and general questions on all topics family. While I never retained legal counsel from Jody L. Sellers, his track record of academic excellence and case experience is impressive. Here are some common family legal topics and more background on Jody L Sellers and his law firm.
Trusted Family Lawyers – Divorce & Emotional Decision Making
The old adage, “don’t make decisions when you’re mad” is true wisdom, as emotions tend to cloud objective analysis. The pain and hurt associated with divorce often invokes a knee-jerk reaction of inflicting as much hurt on the other person in retaliation, who was once your lover, but is now a stranger, or worse – a mortal enemy. Humans go to considerable lengths to avoid pain; in some cases they will forfeit assets and monies to simply expedite the process, losing thousands of dollars (if not more), due to rushed judgement.
While a 3rd party mediator can be an amicable solution, a lawyer will know exactly what you are and aren’t entitled to as fair compensation. The distinction can not be overestimated as unfair outcomes based on emotions continue to plague divorces everyday. Sacrificing today’s silver for tomorrow’s gold is an applicable cliche when attempting to avoid confrontation or shirk responsibility of what one is owed.
Child Support: Children Come First
Dead-beat dads are rampant with no signs of slowing down, but there are also honest, hard-working fathers who need to renegotiate their terms of child support. In this parent’s conundrum, children are often used as pawns. If a father hasn’t paid any child support, does he really have the right to see his children?
On the flip side, if a father can’t physically hug and kiss his kids, does he really have an incentive to pay, other than a court order? As a mother, I know children need to be taken care of financially regardless of visitation rights,. However, if both parents are mentally and physically sound (not on drugs, violent, etc) then good will goes a long way. Establishing a visitation schedule helps engage dad’s emotionally, transforming them from a financial father to a more responsible dad.
Divorce, child support, and visitation are intricately connected, and nuanced with minute details, which is why a lawyer needs to be hyper-informed about the entire situation, not just one facet. Trusted family lawyers are only as good as the information you give them.
Academic & Case Success: Jody Sellers
(source: Jody Sellers, The Sellers Law Firm, LLC)
There are three major prerequisites to hiring trusted family lawyers. The first on my list is sincerity. Attorneys can recite law and past precedence. But it still requires an awesome amount of emotional energy and strength to help someone in a difficult family situation.
For example, it would be easy for a lawyer to negotiate a deal in which his or her client receive some assets or money. But a special kind of lawyer who would go the extra mile to uncover every single legal entitlement. Ever force a child to clean his room? You know how haphazardly and half-hearted the end result. Retaining a lawyer based strictly on billable hours produces the same robotic, insincere action.
“I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
Actions and results are all that matter. Knowing the law and actively applying it are certainly related, yet separate distinctions. The Sellers Law Firm, LLC based in Griffin Georgia has proven its sincerity, not by mere words, but by what others have said about them online. Whether Facebook, Google or law firm websites, reviews speak mostly of Jody’s tenacity and caring approach.
As a lifelong resident of Georgia, Jody Sellers graduated Magna Cum Laude from Troup High School in 2004. Mr. Sellers went on to graduate a cum laude honor graduate from the University of Georgia in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Anthropology. While at UGA, Jody was a member of the UGA Rugby Football Club, the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, and the Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society.
In 2011, Mr. Sellers graduated as a Cum Laude honor graduate from Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, where he was awarded the Custer-Tuggle Award of Excellence in Family Law from the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. While at Mercer Law School, Jody served as a Senior Managing Editor of the Mercer Law Review, Vice-President of the Legal Aid and Volunteer Association, and a staff writer for the Mercer Law Free Press.
Prior to becoming the managing attorney for Pasley & Nuce, LLC, in Griffin, Georgia, Mr. Sellers worked for Singleton, Pasley & Nuce, LLC (formerly Singleton & Singleton, LLC), and helped run the Griffin branch for the firm. During his time with the firm, Mr. Sellers managed a caseload of over seventy (70) open cases ranging from DUI, assault/battery, and drug possession charges to divorce, adoption, and legitimation actions.
He is an active member in numerous associations and organizations and has been recognized as a top attorney in his field, including the following: Custer-Tuggle Award of Excellence in Family Law from the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2011); National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Georgia Member; Criminal Trial Lawyers Association; Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys; American Association of Justice; Global Directory of Who’s Who (Top Lawyer); and Superb Rating on Avvo.com.
Trusted Family Lawyers Author
Jody Sellers is a published author, having written and published a law review article in the Mercer Law Review in 2010 discussing the changing state of the Confrontation Clause and specifically the landmark case of the time, Menlendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts. No Witness? No Admission: The Tale of Testimonial Statements and Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, 61 Mercer L. Rev. 683 (2010).
Mr. Sellers has also contributed editorial blogs for the Mercer Law Free Press. This is the online publication created and ran by law students of Mr. Sellers’s alma mater, the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law.
The Sellers Law Firm, LLC possesses all three traits: sincerity, law academia knowledge and courtroom success. While domestic legal issues are frustrating and uncertain, its trusted family lawyers who care and are good, are not mutually exclusive.