Attorney Janne McKamey, of Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor is one of 26 nominees to fill an open Cobb County State Court bench seat. Janne McKamey has been practicing law for nearly 17 years. Clients find Janne to be a caring family law attorney, but tenacious when it's time to fight. She has protected and guided many clients to successful resolutions in their divorce and other family law related matters. As a recent client states:

"Janne was very professional, but was also very sensitive to our feelings and our desire to be a part of our granddaughters life. She kept us informed every step of the way. There was never a moment that we felt like we did not know where everything stood. That was very important, especially to me. I appreciated Janne's patience as she explained things, usually more than once. The process was handled very quickly and we were able to start being a part of our granddaughters life."

YOU GOT SERVED!! What does it mean to be “served” according to Georgia law and what do you do if you are served with process?

  Every civil lawsuit (including domestic relations cases such as divorce and child support modification) requires what is called service of process.  The purpose of service is of course, to notify the person being sued, also known as the “Defendant” or “Respondent,” that a lawsuit has been filed against him or her and that some response or defense is necessary to protect his or her legal rights.  This right to notice is known as “constitutional due process” or “due process of law.”

 In order to obtain personal jurisdiction over a Defendant, the lawsuit must be personally served on the Defendant by a sheriff’s deputy or a qualified process server.  In cases that are not contested or where the Defendant is made aware that a lawsuit is pending, the Defendant may choose to sign an acknowledgment of service forgoing the potential embarrassment or humiliation of being served by an official looking “process server” or sheriff’s deputy.

House Bill 1055 adopted by the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia State Senate and signed into law May 14, 2010, by Governor Sonny Perdue caused all court costs to increase effective that day.

Pursuant to the above, attached please find a list of court cost fee increases from the Fulton County Daily Report, the Fulton County’s official court record.

As usual, the best way to illustrate the current state of the law is to give an example by way of recent precedent.  One particularly illustrative case is Mallen v. Mallen, a case decided by the Georgia Supreme Court in 2005.  In Mallen, the Supreme Court upheld a prenuptial agreement after an in-depth examination of the facts on the record, which were fairly sympathetic and arguably in favor for the wife to set the agreement aside.