If I Die Who Gets Custody of My Child

If I Die Who Gets Custody of My Child If I die who gets custody of my child under Georgia child custody law?   It is scary how often we hear this question from concerned parents. Concerns About the Other Parent. Sometimes the child’s other parent would be a disaster as a Read More

Custody Election 14 Year Old

Custody Election 14 Year Old The Georgia statute permitting custody election 14 year old has been in place in its current form since 2008. Click here for a summary of the 2008 law. A Georgia 14 year old has the right to select the parent with whom he or Read More

2013 ESTATE TAX LAW UPDATE FROM HINDSON AND MELTON LLC

Key features of 2013 estate tax laws after American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) include the following.  Information from partner Karen Hindson of the Georgia and South Carolina estate planning firm Hindson & Melton LLC: The exclusion amount of $5 million continues in Read More

Child Support Modification and Contempt of Court

A child support modification (or child custody modification, or visitation modification) and a contempt of court action can now be filed together in the same petition, even if the Defendant resides in a county other than the county of the original Read More

Stepparent Adoption Georgia Law ǀ Hindson & Melton LLC

Stepparent Adoption Georgia Law ǀ Hindson & Melton LLC A recent stepparent adoption case before the Georgia Court of Appeals reminds us that adoption laws are to be construed in favor of the natural parents. The March 1, 2013, decision Hafer v. Lowry involved a stepparent adoption petition filed a month after the Read More

Estate Planning Checkup ǀ Hindson and Melton LLC

Estate Planning Checkup - Last Will and Testament. Have there been signficant changes in your assets or your family situation since you signed your Last Will and Testament? Are the persons you named as Executor, Guardian for your children, or Trustee Read More

Living Will for Georgia or South Carolina Residents

Living Wills for Georgia or South Carolina residents need not be complex, but the decisions contained in these documents could be incredibly important to your family.   The statutory living will forms for both states are provided here at no cost as a public service.  If Read More

Georgia Court Authorizes Minor Abortion without Parental Notification

On January 18, 2013, the Georgia Court of Appeals reversed a juvenile court order denying minor abortion without parental notification and cleared the way for the abortion to proceed.  The Court of Appeals found that the juvenile court failed to render its decision within Read More

Attorneys Fees for Georgia Divorce

We get lots of questions about attorneys fees for Georgia divorce cases.  Under what circumstances might attorneys fees be paid by a spouse as part of a Georgia divorce case?  Of course, the parties can agree as part of  their settlement on who should pay Read More

Custody Battle Between Grandmother and Aunt

The recent case of Ertter v. Dunbar, 734 S.E.2d 403 (Nov. 19, 2012) involves a Georgia custody battle between grandmother and aunt in juvenile court and superior court of Cobb County Georgia.  The grandmother prevailed in the juvenile court, the maternal aunt and Read More

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