Keon Family Law

Georgia domestic cases, such as divorces, child custody and child support proceedings, legitimation actions, and family violence matters, normally fall within the jurisdiction of the State’s superior courts.(1) And where child custody is at issue, judges rather than juries always make the determinat...

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In Georgia domestic actions, as with all legal areas, spouses and parents at times seek to assert claims or defenses which existing authorities do not expressly support or which contravene settled law. The party asserting those novel claims or defenses typically expects to lose at the trial court le...

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A prior article discussed the use of temporary attorney fee awards in divorce and alimony actions as a safe, though uncertain, means to secure sums needed to pay for legal services. Where an opposing spouse will not consent to the use of the parties’ liquid assets to pay attorneys’ fees, the filin...

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Georgia law permits a child aged 14 years or older to “select the parent with whom he or she desires to live.”(1) Nonetheless, an action to modify custody of the child making such a custodial election will not automatically succeed. This article addresses the available means to defeat the custodial...

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While Georgia statutes and appellate case law plainly state the findings required to modify a child custody award, the authorities remain less clear on allocation of the burden of proof in modification actions and its impact on a court’s ultimate determination. This article explores those subjects.

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