In this survey period, the supreme court stretched its long-arm to overrule two earlier cases and to hold that compliance by a nonresident with a Georgia divorce decree does not insulate the nonresident from jurisdiction in Georgia. With a strong arm, the supreme court held that the child support guidelines are an optional "computational reference" and that trial courts lack the authority to award the federal income tax dependency exemption to noncustodial parents. Overruling a recent decision, the supreme court held that the interlocutory-application subsection, section 5- 6-34(b) of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated ("O.C.G.A."), must be followed in domestic relations cases.
Section I of this Article covers cases dealing with jurisdictional issues. Section II, covering cases dealing with child support issues, is divided into three subsections: Guidelines and duty to support, modification, and contempt. Section III, covering cases dealing with the parent-child relationship, is divided into two subsections: Custody and visitation. Finally, section IV deals with divorce and is divided into six subsections: Alimony, division of property, dependency exemption, settlement, procedure and evidence, and attorney fees.
McGough, Barry B. and Alpern, Andrea G.
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