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April 2015 Archives

Definition of domestic violence in Georgia

The U.S. Department of Justice defines domestic violence as a pattern of behavior, though it may also include single acts of violence, that is meant to maintain control or power over a person in a domestic relationship. It includes actions and threats that humiliate, frighten, intimidate or wound the other party. Domestic violence may be psychological, sexual, emotional, economic or physical in nature.

Changing named beneficiaries after a divorce

Many Georgia spouses are quick to change the terms of their last will and testament after going through a divorce. However, they are often not as thorough as they should be when reorganizing their financial affairs. While their will may designate that somebody other than their former spouse receive the benefits of their retirement plans or life insurance policies, these changes may have little effect if the beneficiaries on those plans and policies have not been changed. This is because those named as beneficiaries on financial documents will have legal precedence over language to the contrary in a will.

Moving to a new state with a violence protective order

In some cases, those who have a violence protective order against another person may wish to move out of the state. However, many do not know if their protective order will protect them once they establish residence in another state. The short answer is that, if the parent has a valid Georgia protective order, the parent is protected as long as the order meets federal requirements.