June 2013
The Family Lawyer
Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section
A Message from the Section Chair
by Eileen Thomas, Eileen Thomas, LLC

I will try to make my introduction brief for those of you who may not know me, other than receiving request for sponsorships to the annual Family Law Institute.  I am honored to be able to serve as chair of the Family Law Section this year.  We have a wonderful, hard working Board, but it is one of my goals to get the section more involved.

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Save the Date!
Mark your calendars for the following Family Law Section Breakfast Meetings at the Buckhead Club. 

Details are subject to change.  Check your emails and the Atlanta Bar Association website for updates.


Thursday, June 13, 2013


"View From the Bench"


Speaker: The Honorable Wendy L. Shoob

Superior Court of Fulton County

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Case Law Update
Stephanie L. Wilson, Esq. and Corey A. Aitken, Esq.
Stern & Edlin, P.C.

sections lady justice
Williams v. Williams
May 6, 2013

Pursuant to a 2009 Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce, Mother was awarded primary physical custody of the parties' children, and Father was ordered to pay child support to her in an amount, which was based, in part, on his gross monthly income of $4,166.67.

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Joint Physical Custody, Child Support, and Deviations... Oh My
by Emily Su-Hwa Yu, Esq., Hunter, Weinstein & Somerstein, LLC and Rachel K. Miller, Esq., Pachman Richardson, LLC

family cut out Joint physical custody has traditionally meant Mom as the primary physical custodian and Dad as the secondary physical custodian.  Dad's parenting time traditionally consisted of every other weekend and perhaps a weeknight dinner.  However, as more and more research emerges touting the benefits of children having more parenting time with both parents and indicating that children are not as disrupted by moving regularly between their parents' houses, more parents are choosing to have a parenting plan that allows for extended parenting time for the secondary physical custodian.  It is common to see the weeknight dinner extended to a mid-week overnight visit or weekend parenting time extended to start on Thursday evenings or end on Monday mornings.

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The Hon. Phillip C. Smith Speaks at the May Section Breakfast
by Emily Su-Hwa Yu, Esq.,
Hunter, Weinstein & Somerstein, LLC

The newly appointed Honorable Phillip C. Smith of the Forsyth County Superior Court bench spoke to members of the Atlanta Bar.  Judge Smith was appointed on January 3, 2013 to assist in a quickly growing docket.  Ranked as one of the top 10 counties for population growth in the country in 2008 and with a large percentage of their population migrating into the county, Forsyth County judges address a high percentage of cases involving international issues and bicoastal parenting plans.   

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2013-2014 Section Board of Directors

Newsletter Editors
Rachel  Miller

Eileen Thomas

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
Gary P. Graham

Anita H. Lynn

Louis J. Tesser

Immediate Past Chair
David N. Marple

Members at Large
Hannibal Heredia
Rachel Miller
Melinda (Mindy) C. Pillow
J. Ashley Sawyer
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