July/August 2013
The Family Lawyer
Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section
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, September 12, 2013


"A View from the Bench"

Speaker: The Honorable Melodie Snell Conner
Chief Judge, Superior Court of Gwinnett County

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Thursday, September 12, 2013
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014

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


Zesker v. Zesker
June 17, 2013
After a bench trial, Wife appealed the ruling of the equitable division of her student loan debt, for failing to consider her allegations of cruel treatment. Wife also claimed an error in the determination of the trial court's child support award.

The final decree found that the Wife should be solely responsible for her student loan debt that she incurred during the marriage, despite her allegations that Husband should be obligated to pay the debt because he treated her cruelly during the marriage. The trial court determined that Husband advised against Wife attending law school because the family could not afford it and evidence was produced at trial that the Wife's law school education did in fact drain the family's financial resources.

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Divorce without Marriage:
Looking Beyond the Headlines of Same Sex Marriage
by Bobby Burnett, Esq., Amy Waggoner, Esq. and Charlie Bailey, Esq., Just Family Solutions

Significant legal rights, protections and obligations are being denied to thousands of Georgia residents. For same-sex couples in Georgia, the rules and procedures governing the dissolution of domestic relationships are simply not available. While the debate over legal recognition of same- sex relationships necessarily includes questions of morality, ethics and justice, the question for family law practitioners is far more practical: To what extent - if at all - can the legal and equitable principles of our state's domestic relations laws be applied to Georgia residents who are dissolving a same-sex relationship?

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The Honorable Wendy L. Shoob Speaks to the Section at the June 2013 Breakfast
by Emily Su-Hwa Yu, Esq., Hunter, Weinstein & Somerstein, LLC

The Honorable Wendy L. Shoob of the Superior Court of Fulton County Family Division spoke to members of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section on June 13, 2013.  Judge Shoob has impressively run the gamut as far as legal titles, positions, and actively participating in the Atlanta legal community.  Judge Shoob has served on the bench for over ten years, including serving with the Family Division for several years.  After taking a seven year break from the Family Division, Judge Shoob returned, and has admitted to seeing some notable changes.  The case load, not surprisingly, has increased from 350 cases assigned to each judge in 2006 to now 650 cases assigned to each judge.  She has also already seen a greater number of cases involving parental alienation and parties terrorizing each other and/or their attorneys. 

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Emory Potter Speaks to the Section at the July 2013 Breakfast
by Emily Su-Hwa Yu, Esq., Hunter, Weinstein & Somerstein, LLC
On July 11, 2013, Emory Potter, a commercial litigation attorney and partner at Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan, L.L.C., spoke to members of the Atlanta Bar Family Law Section regarding commercial issues in divorce actions.  Many divorce cases involve a marital business that must be equitably divided between the parties.  In addition to the standard language that most family law attorneys use in their agreements (i.e., clauses requiring one party to indemnify the other in the event a creditor pursues a party who is no longer responsible for a debt) , Mr. Potter provided additional suggestions on how best to protect your client who is leaving the marital business.   

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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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