February 2014
The Family Lawyer
Official Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section
Case Law Update
by Stephanie L. Wilson, Esq., and Corey A. Aitken, Esq., Stern & Edlin, P.C.

Sapp v. Sapp
S13F1749
January 21, 2014

Husband and Wife were divorced by a decree, requiring them to sell their marital home. Additionally, the decree provided that in the event the parties were unable to agree upon a list price, the court would set the price at a later date.

Wife sought to appeal the divorce decree by filing an application for discretionary appeal. However, the Supreme Court dismissed the application, concluding that the divorce decree entered by the lower court was not final, as it reserved an issue to be determined at a later date (i.e. the list price of the marital residence). Therefore, Wife needed to have filed a certificate of immediate review, under O.C.G.A. 5-6-34(b), which governs interlocutory appeals.

 

The Honorable Robert E. Flournoy, III speaks at the December 2013 Breakfast
by Emily Su-Hwa Yu, Esq., Hunter, Weinstein & Somerstein, LLC

On December 12, 2013, Judge Robert E. Flournoy, III spoke to the Atlanta Bar Family Law Section. Judge Flournoy obtained both his undergraduate degree and law degrees from the University of Georgia. Prior to taking the bench with the Superior Court of Cobb County, Judge Flournoy was in private practice handling a wide range of civil and criminal matters with a focus on family law. In 2000, Judge Flournoy was appointed by Governor Barnes to fill a judgeship position in the Superior Court of Cobb County. When speaking to the Atlanta Bar Family Law Section, Judge Flournoy discussed some tips and take-home lessons to practitioners after presiding over three jury trials.

The Honorable Cynthia J. Becker Speaks at the January 2014 Breakfast
by Emily Su-Hwa Yu, Esq., Hunter, Weinstein & Somerstein, LLC

On January 9, 2014, the Honorable Cynthia J. Becker spoke to the Atlanta Bar Family Law Section and discussed her experience thus far on the Superior Court of DeKalb County and shared her advice and practice tips to family law practitioners. Because the large majority of cases filed in DeKalb County involve pro se litigants who cannot afford representation, Judge Becker expects the attorneys who are involved in cases to aid the Court in determining the most appropriate resolutions to cases. Judge Becker encourages attorneys to provide her with proposed solutions and a proposed Order reflecting the ruling that the client desires.  
 
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