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What are parties prohibited from doing in Georgia family law?

Family law cases in Georgia are, by their very nature, emotionally charged and divisive. When human beings are involved in actions to determine the fate of their children, their property or other aspects of their lives that have been important to them, things can become confrontational. For this reason, many courts in the state have standing rules that apply to all parties in domestic relations cases.

For example, the Superior Court of Hall and Dawson Counties issued a standing order that it requires all people involved in family law cases in its jurisdiction to follow. These rules not only affect the parties themselves, but anyone acting as an "agent" on behalf of the parties, such as a friend or other person doing acts for a party that the party is not allowed to do for him or herself. But what sorts of actions are covered by these rules?

One important rule in Hall County is that no party to a family law proceeding can remove a child from the state without the written consent of the other party or permission of the court. Parties also are not allowed to do anything that would threaten or harass the other party or a child involved in the action. Parties also cannot sell or dispose of property belonging to the couple unless in emergency created by the other party or with permission of the court. Finally, parties may not have electricity, water or other utility services to the marital home disconnected or interrupted.

Because of the emotional nature of family law disputes, it may be a wise idea for a party to have an objective voice who is familiar with the law to guide him or her. Georgia family law attorneys may be able to help parties understand the standing orders of courts as well as statutory requirements that apply to their specific cases.

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