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Survey Article


This Article addresses significant case law and legislative updates to Georgia domestic relations law that arose during the Survey period from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. Notably, this period includes the state of emergency declared by the Governor and statewide judicial emergency declared by Chief Justice Harold D. Melton on March 14, 2020, in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state of Georgia during the first quarter of 2020. The majority of litigation deadlines were reinstated effective July 13, 2020, as part of the Fourth Order Extending Statewide Judicial Emergency issued by the Supreme Court of Georgia on July 10, 2020. The statewide judicial emergency remained in effect at the end of the Survey period, but it is anticipated that it the statewide judicial emergency will expire on June 30, 2021.

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