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How COVID-19 is Affecting Divorce Cases in Georgia

A Word from Scott Shaw: Are Courts Working with Covid-19 Still Out there?

Is the court system still working for divorce, paternity, legitimation, child support, and contempt cases given that Covid-19 has closed so many things down in the State of Georgia? The short answer to this question is yes, but they’re also working differently. As an example, you can still get domestic abuse protection order as magistrate…
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A Word from Scott Shaw: Child Support, Loss of Income and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and shelter in place orders around the country have caused an enormous spike in unemployment that has not been seen since the Great Depression.  What do you do if you have a child support order in Georgia and you’ve been laid off, lost your job, or had a pay cut?  You need to file…
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A Word from Scott Shaw: An Update on the Shelter-in-Place COVID-19 Executive Order from the Governor in Regard to Parenting Plan, Custody Order and Visitation Orders from Georgia Courts

The Governor has amended his executive order to Shelter in Place to specify the following: “That no provision of Executive Order shall limit, infringe, suspend, or supplant any judicial order, judgment or decree, including custodial arrangements…nor shall any person use the Executive Order as a defense in an action in violation of a judicial order,…
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How to handle custody and visitation exchanges in the State of Georgia in regard to the COVID-19/Coronavirus

UPDATED 4/7/2020 The Governor of Georgia has stated in an executive order that travel for custody and visitation exchanges are considered to be “essential” travel and therefore existing parenting plans and visitation schedules are to continue, unless you are under special circumstances. As things are currently scheduled, the Shelter-in-Place order will expire on April 13.  This…
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I’ve been getting a lot of calls and emails about how co-parents should react to the COVID-19 crisis and how they should interpret their court-ordered parenting plans during this non-school time. Last week, I sent out a statement from the AAFC/AAML that included good general advice. This week, I have received two clarification notices from Cobb County and Fulton County judges.…
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