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Name Changes and Corrections to Birth Certificates

There are many reasons why someone may need to or want to change their name.  In Georgia once a person reaches the age of majority (18 years old) they can seek to have their name changed.  This Name Change Petition is filed in the Superior Court of the County where the applicant resides.  A notice

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Income Deduction Orders for Child Support in Georgia

Georgia Child Support payments are required to be paid pursuant to an income deduction order, but the parties have the right to waive that requirement.  An income deduction order (“IDO”) is an order signed by a judge that is served on the non-custodial parent’s employer.  The IDO directs the employer to deduct the child support

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Communication With My Lawyer

The most common complaint clients have about their lawyers are typically in relation to communication with the lawyer regarding the case.  Indeed, when the State Bar of Georgia sanctions an attorney, many of those issues are related to poor communication or a lack of communication with the client. As lawyers part of our ethical duties

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The Many Different Ways to Collect Child Support Arrears – Bring the Hammer Down!

The Many Different Ways to Collect Child Support Arrears – Bring the Hammer Down! I suppose there are as many reasons or excuses given for a failure to pay court ordered child support as there are leaves of grass in a field. All excuses aside, the child deserves to be supported by the parents, morality

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Child Support – How long is it Paid and What about Multiple Children of Different Ages

Child Support – How long is it Paid and What about Multiple Children of Different Ages Georgia Law strictly requires that child support be paid until the “child reaches the age of majority, dies, marries or becomes emancipated, whichever first occurs.” O.C.G.A Section 19-6-15 (e). However, the trail court judge has the authority to extend

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Appointment of a Guardian ad Litem in Georgia Family Law Cases

Appointment of a Guardian ad Litem in Georgia Family Law Cases Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.9 governs the Appointment, Qualifications and Role of a Guardian ad Litem (“GAL”). A GAL is appointed by a Superior Court or Juvenile Court Judge to assist the court in a domestic relations case. The Judge may appoint any person

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Court Mandated Programs in Domestic Relations Cases: The Parenting Seminar

Court Mandated Programs in Domestic Relations Cases: The Parenting Seminar. Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.8 sets out that Superior Courts may establish a program to educate parents in family law cases as to the possible effects of divorce cases and the like on the children. Most but not all Superior Courts in Georgia have established

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Uniform Superior Court Rules and Temporary Hearings in Domestic Relations Cases

Temporary Hearing in Georgia Family Law Cases: The Uniform Superior Court Rules. Domestic Relations cases are defined in Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.1 and include the following types of cases. A Divorce case regarding child support, child custody and visitation, alimony, property division, and/or attorney’s fees, an Annulment case, a Modification case, a Paternity case,

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Self-Executing Changes of Custody in Georgia

From time to time one or both parents express a desire to have physical custody change automatically upon a certain date or upon a set of circumstances. I have to inform the parent or parents that this is not permitted in Georgia and thus it cannot be included in a court order, or if it

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Does it Matter Which Spouse Files for Divorce First?

I am frequently asked whether it makes any difference who files first in a Divorce Case. The legal answer is that it really does not matter. When a Plaintiff files a Complaint for Divorce, the Defendant has the right to file a Counterclaim for Divorce along with their Answer. Thus each party has the right

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