Called Off Your Engagement

Georgia courts no longer recognize common law marriages. They do, according to one relatively new case, find that having a long-time significant other and an engagement can be considered a legally binding contract, creating a liability for one party if he or she chooses to leave the relationship, also called a breach of promise to marry.

Open Marriage in Georgia

The New York Times published a piece that shared the experiences of couples practicing open marriages. It sparked serious discussions about non-monogamous unions. The article challenged the traditional paradigm of marriage and explored the concept of people in open marriages being happier overall. More recently, a family from Georgia made international headlines after sharing the details of their own polyamorous relationship. While these stories help publications gain views, they also create dialogue about the practicality and legality of open marriage in Georgia.

Estate Executor

When a loved one passes away, there are numerous tasks that must be completed in settling the estate. Before any property or funds can be distributed among heirs and beneficiaries, the probate process ensures that all of the deceased’s assets are accounted for and all outstanding obligations are paid. The person who oversees this process and completes many of the tasks associated with closing the estate is the executor. Executors are entitled to receive reimbursement for their expenses, along with compensation for the job they perform.

In March of 2018, TLC’s latest documentary series on polygamy, Three Wives, One Husband, premiered. The show explores what it is like to live in a community that is home to multiple families openly practicing polygamy. While this series does not discuss much about the legalities of polygamy, TLC’s long-running series, Sister Wives, led to litigation challenging existing laws regarding cohabitation aimed at polygamist groups. As shows that explore this alternative marriage choice grow in popularity, some local couples are interested in learning whether Georgia marriage laws permit polygamy or bigamy.