Keon Family Law

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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Drug and alcohol abuse has ruined many a marriage and severely damaged the children of addicted parents. Allegations of alcoholism and addiction consequently abound in divorces and other domestic relations actions. As this article discusses, evidence of substance or alcohol abuse can be relevant in...

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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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Physical abuse of children and spouses constitute a sad reality in too many family units. Like other states, Georgia has attempted to combat that reality with statutory protections for certain acts of violence committed among family members. This article discusses the scope of those statutory protec...

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