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DFCS Records Show Challenges to Protecting Children

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 2:10 PM

As child welfare attorneys, several of our clients are involved with the Department of Family in Children's Services (DFCS). Sometimes, this can be a good thing if DFCS is diligent about helping the children reunite with their parents in a safer, more stable environment. However, we often find ourselves fighting with DFCS, demanding that the agency actual work to propel these cases forward and provide needed services to the family. Recently, the Athens Banner Herald wrote an interesting ar...

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Child and Family Law Courts Meet Brain Science

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 8:15 AM

This 5-minute video, narrated by NCJFCJ President Judge Peggy Walker, depicts a call to action for the legal community to learn as much as possible about brain science to make sure our law and policy are aligned with the focus on the latest information for building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children's lifelong learning, health, and behavior.

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Tips To Avoid A Divorce (From a Happily Married Divorce Attorney)

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 7:55 AM



Emory University researchers Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon recently completed a study that examined predict possible divorce factors.  The study included 3,000 married couples in the U.S. and analyzed such things as income, the importance of attractiveness, wedding size, and religious attendance. The best tips we gleaned from ...

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Chestatee High School (Hall County) Accused of Violating the Establishment Clause

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM

The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits the state and federal governments from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.” This restriction is indeed applicable to public schools and prohibits public schools from: 1) establishing an official religion; 2) unduly favoring one religion over another religion; 3) preferring religion over non-religion; and 4) preferring non-religio...

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National Child Support Day=Doomsday for Delinquent Parents

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Did you know that August 20th is National Child Support Day? This may have little significance for you…unless you are one of the 56,000 parents that are delinquent in their child support payments. If you are, BEWARE!!! The Georgia Department of Driver Services and the Georgia Department of Human Services have joined forces and will work together to suspend the driver̵...

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Back to School!

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 6:05 PM

School bells are ringing and children are heading back to school! As you prepare to get back into the school year routine, please do not forget to alert school officials of recent divorces or modifications that change or limit child custody and visitation. By providing your school officials with copies of relevant court orders, you are ensuring your child’s safe...

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GA Supreme Court Limits Mandated Reporter Obligation to Report Abuse

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 4:20 PM



Pursuant to Georgia Law, certain professionals are designated as “Mandated Reporters”, and are required to report any reasonable belief of child abuse and/or neglect. Should a mandated reporter fail to report suspected child abuse or neglect, they may face criminal prosecution under O.C.G.A. 19-7-5(c)(1). The professions that a...

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