Keon Family Law

A basic rule in Georgia states that a trial court cannot modify the terms of a prior divorce decree in a contempt proceeding.(1) The court can, however, interpret or clarify a divorce decree in the course of resolving contempt issues placed before it.(2) But what constitutes mere clarification of a...

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A prior article explored the enforceability of oral settlement agreements reached by attorneys outside their clients’ presence. One of the requirements for enforcement concerned the attorneys’ vested authority to enter into the settlement agreement.(1) But what happens when a party has not in fact...

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Georgia law generally holds that a child support judgment is enforceable until modified, vacated, or set aside. Consequently, a basic rule provides that a child support judgment cannot be modified retroactively; it may be modified on a prospective basis only.(1) This article explores limited equitab...

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Divorce and other domestic proceedings, like virtually all civil actions, often end through settlements negotiated by the parties’ attorneys. When the clients are present, or when the negotiations occur via written exchanges approved by them, questions rarely arise concerning the attorneys’ authorit...

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In prior articles, we explored the pros and cons of jury trials in divorce and other domestic actions, as well as the availability of contempt remedies for violation of divorce decrees. This article will address the extent to which a party can demand a trial by jury when defending an action for...

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