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2013 looks like another interesting year for family law

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We have seen a lot in the past year. We have seen courts in two different states proscribe procreation (for not paying child support and other reasons). We have seen more celebrity divorce and family law in the news (think Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries, Kanye West, Deion Sanders and Kobe Bryant).

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  • David S. DeLugas

    Randy, whom I know, is a fine man, principled and talented. Yes, our laws are supposed to "ensure[ ] that the children of our state are provided for physically, emotionally and financially." Trouble is, our judges are too willing to ignore the statutes and legislative intent wielding the "discretion" to do as they please, influenced by attorneys who are their friends, colleagues and supporters of their reelection. Same for guardian ad litems. That is why I am calling for legislative reform that makes the parenting plan a LOGISTICAL solution for parents who decide to reside apart and to remove the courtroom as a forum in which parents are encouraged by friends, family, financial gain, revenge and ego, and by far too many attorneys to battle against the other parent. If the members of the State Bar of Georgia truly care about the children of this State, then we would support such legislation as would take dollars signs off the backs of the children, that would not permit good parents from fighting to prove the "A" parent is better than the "A-" parent so as to "win" the custody battle, and that would not encourage the enrichment of attorneys, GALs and others while crippling family finances hurting the very children about whom we claim and profess to care. I look forward to Randy and others leading these reformations in attitude and in our laws.

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