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Law Updates

At Family Law Solutions,

we know how difficult it can be to stay on top of the recent case law developments and legislative changes, in addition to managing your firm and ongoing cases.


Providing updates to statutes and case law directly to you is just one small way we bring the best solutions to your firm. 


Contact us today if there is anything else we can do to assist you!

Mandatory E-Filing

Beginning January 1, 2019, e-filing will be mandatory in ALL new civil actions filed in any county in Georgia.  (SB407)


The fees for e-filing are also changing to $30 for the initial filing,

$0 for the first 10 additional e-filings after the initial filing,

then $5 for each additional e-filing (11+).

You will also be able to download the pleadings from PeachCourt at no cost (currently there is a fee).

Some counties are mandating e-filing in advance of the deadline...

Atkinson Superior Court (beginning July 1, 2018)

Berrien Superior Court (beginning July 1, 2018)

Bulloch Superior and State Court (beginning September 1, 2018)

Burke Superior and State Courts (beginning September 1, 2018)

Clinch Superior Court (beginning July 1, 2018)

Columbia Superior Court (beginning September 1, 2018)

Cook Superior Court (beginning July 1, 2018)

DeKalb Superior Court (required before SB407)

Dougherty Superior and State Courts (beginning September 1, 2018)

Effingham Superior and State Court (beginning September 1, 2018)

Fannin Superior Court (beginning September 1, 2018)

Fulton Superior and State Court (required before SB407)

Jenkins Superior Court (beginning September 1, 2018)

Lanier  Superior Court (beginning July 1, 2018)

Oconee Superior Court (beginning October 1, 2018)

Pickens Superior Court (beginning September 1, 2018)

Richmond Superior and State Court (beginning September 1, 2018)

Screven Superior Court (beginning September 1, 2018)

Upson Superior Court (beginning September 1, 2018)

Additional information is available on PeachCourt's website.

July 2018 Case Law Updates

Huff v. Vallejo

(A18A1002; Court of Appeals – July 30, 2018)

Affirmed ​as not being an abuse of discretion for TC to provide Father with unsupervised visitation,

despite his illegal immigration status with an active ICE case and pending misdemeanor criminal charges. 

July 1, 2018 Legislative Updates


amending O.C.G.A. § 19-3-60, et sec.,

repealing O.C.G.A. §§ 19-3-67 & 19-3-68 and amending 13-5-30.



amending O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15



amending O.C.G.A. § 19-7-54



substantially amending O.C.G.A. § 19-8-1, et sec.



amending O.C.G.A. § 19-8-23

June 2018 Case Law Updates



Patten v. Ardis

(S18A0412; Supreme Court – June 29, 2018)

NOTEWORTHY:  Ruling O.C.G.A. § 19-7-3(d) unconstitutional

Moore v. Moore

(A18A0137; Court of Appeals – June 1, 2018)

Reversed and remanded because CSW was not attached to Final Order

and failure to enter a Parenting Plan.

Weiss v. Grant

(A18A0002; Court of Appeals – June 12, 2018)

Reversed and remanded on repayment of CS arrearage due to excessive repayment time.

Affirmed on graduated parenting time for reunification after Father kidnapped children.

Chalk v. Poletto

(A18A0563; Court of Appeals – June 21, 2018)

Affirmed TC's refusal to legitimate children when legitimation not in the children's best interest

and award of fees and expenses under O.C.G.A. § 19-9-3, despite Father not receiving custodial rights.

Gorelik v. Gorelik

(A18A0707; Court of Appeals – June 26, 2018)

Reversed GA exercising jurisdiction under UCCJEA over Turkish Order when no home state existed.

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