[Updates at the end, including some prior tweets from Mr. Adler, a response from Mr. Dent, an explanation of the long odds, and an interview on this tweet Mr. Adler gave to the BBC]
So yesterday a marginally funny tweet showed up on the page of a lawyer from Philadelphia. Since us attorneys are so well known for our sense of humor, it of course went viral. A hearty chortle was had by all, and people went on with their daily lives.
Just settled a divorce over visitation of a parrot. Neither may teach it negative phrases about the other. I went to law school for this.
— Michael Adler (@madler9000) November 14, 2016
So, Michael Adler is a Philly lawyer who, from his website, seems to specialize in business law. This means nothing, because I can say my areas of practice are geared towards protecting the intellectual property of one-armed left-handed underwater basket weavers. That doesn’t mean I won’t take a divorce if it walks through my door with cash in hand. I certainly will.
I have to say, Mr. Adler’s tweet was pretty amusing, too. I saw it last night and it gave me a brief smile, and I don’t smile. Joviality hurts my blackened soul. Apparently it was a slow news day as well, because the tweet even deserved a bit of a human interest story, getting a post on BillyPenn.com written about it.
Adler said disputes over dogs are relatively in common in divorces, but the parrot provided a new challenge… verbalization. In other words, they can talk. Therefore, they can talk shit.
So he spoke with other lawyers for advice this morning before coming up with “the idea of just agreeing not to say anything nasty in front of the parent.”
However, it appears one of those “other lawyers” may be @ParkerLawyer, who tweeted this back in September:
Just settled a divorce over Parrot custody/visitation. Neither may teach it negative phrases abt the other.
I went to law school for this.
— Lady Lawya (@Parkerlawyer) September 15, 2016
Those are…really similar. Oh shiiiiiiit, we about to get all Cease & Desist up in here!
Before we continue, let me say: I have no opinion on any of the people involved. I don’t encourage anyone else to form one. Reserve judgment until the facts are in.