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In February, the Supreme Court of Georgia issued an important decision for parents who are in disagreement over their child’s surname. Addressing an issue that had not previously come before the Court, the Justices unanimously concurred that when a court establishes a child’s paternity, that same court also has the authority to determine the child’s surname taking his or her best interests into consideration.

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A recent case from the Supreme Court of Georgia highlights how critically important it is for divorcing spouses to address all of the necessary terms and follow all required procedures when seeking to finalize their divorce. In the case of Rasheed v. Sarwat, 797 S.E.2d 454 (2017), the Court vacated a divorce decree nearly a year after the trial court issued its order purporting to dissolve the parties’ marriage.

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Family makes us who we are. Changes within families, good or bad, have profound impact on our lives. Recently, Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor Attorney Shana Webb Pennywell helped a client make tough decisions to help his ex-wife seek sobriety and be a healthy part in their daughter's life. This can be challenging while also moving forward to repair the emotional aftermath left in the wake of a crumbling marriage.

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