Our firm has argued many notable cases before the Georgia Supreme Court, resulting in several precedent setting opinions in Family Law. We have also handled numerous matters before the Georgia Court of Appeals — ranging from insurance death benefits to spousal immunity in civil actions.
Wright v. Wright, 277 Ga. 133
Ms. Wright appealed the trial court's division of the parties' property as being inequitable. The parties were married for almost 2 decades and had no children. Each entered the marriage with separate assets and debts. The Supreme Court held the purpose of equitable division is to divide property accumulated during the marriage fairly, not necessarily equally. Property can be divided in unequal parts.
Godfrey v. Godfrey, 239 Ga. 707
Mr. Godfrey appealed a change of child custody based on his ex-wife's new relationship inhibiting his visitation rights. The trial court granted him change of custody after he presented sufficient evidence that mother was living with a married man in a state of adultery which affected the welfare of the child. On appeal, the Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's decision.
Keck v. Harris, 277 Ga. 667
Mr. Keck brought his suit challenging the constitutionality of Georgia's Child Support Guidelines. Specifically, arguing that Georgia's Child Support Guidelines were unconstitutional as a violation of the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution. The Supreme Court held the guidelines did not violate the Supremacy Clause.
Scott v. Scott, 276 Ga. 372
Ms. Scott sought an appeal as to whether the trial court's decision created an enforceable automatic change of custody. The Scott's were granted joint custody with Ms. Scott designated the primary physical custodian. The divorce decree mandated that if Ms. Scott moved out of the county primary custody would automatically revert to Mr. Scott. The Supreme Court held that the automatic change of custody was invalid.
Brewer v. Brewer, 249 Ga. 517
In this divorce appeal Mr. Brewer challenged the trial court's to not allow wife's boyfriend to be called as a witness. The Supreme Court agreed with husband's argument and reversed the trial court's ruling that the Court should have allowed the boyfriend to testify.
Taylor v. Taylor, 282 Ga. 113
Mr. Taylor challenged the trial court's total denial of his visitation rights. The parties were married in 2001 and husband adopted wife's daughter. Upon divorcing in 2005, the trial court awarded wife full custody of the minor child, denied husband all visitation and required no payments of child support. The Supreme Court upheld the trial court's decision finding sufficient evidence in the record to support existence of exceptional circumstances allowing the trial court to deny husband any visitation.
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