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Fourteen of the domestic relations appellate cases decided during the survey period' are digested here. Georgia law requires that appeals of domestic relations cases occur through the discretionary application process. A party wanting to appeal an order in a domestic relations case must first file an application to obtain the appropriate appellate court's permission to file an appeal. As part of a pilot project, the Georgia Supreme Court announced it would accept all "non-frivolous" applications filed in domestic relations cases during the calendar year 2003. The pilot project does not include cases that would be appealed first to the court of appeals, writs of certiorari, or interlocutory appeals. While the domestic relations bar hopes the pilot project will be extended or made permanent, no decision has been announced. The pilot project, however, has enabled the courts to address a variety of domestic relations issues.

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