Keon Family Law

Until a judge ratifies a settlement agreement and incorporates it into a final decree of divorce, a party to the agreement remains free to attack it and seek rescission, if sufficient grounds exist.(1) But what grounds justify repudiation of a settlement agreement in a divorce action, and how and wh...

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Georgia law grants no prima-facie right to the custody of a child in the father or mother, in a battle between two parents.(1) Rather, the judge hearing the issue of custody must “exercise discretion to look to and determine solely what is for the best interest of the child and what will best promot...

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Georgia law provides two basic methods for appellate review of orders entered by trial courts: direct appeals as of right to an appropriate appellate court; and appeals requiring application to and approval by the appropriate appellate court. Interestingly, child custody orders entered in domestic r...

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A principal issue in contested divorces concerns the division of the parties’ assets. Before a court can equitably divide property, however, it first must classify the property either as marital or non-marital.(1) The classification process unsurprisingly engenders disputes, one of which frequently...

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In actions for divorce, Georgia courts often face requests to ratify the parties’ agreements resolving issues of property division, alimony, payment of attorneys’ fees, and even child custody and child support, and to incorporate those settlement agreements into final judgments and decrees of divorc...

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