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Rachel Elovitz’s Legal Guides

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  • Guardians ad Litem, CASA Volunteers, and Child Advocates: A Difference with a Distiction

    Guardians ad Litem are appointed in to conduct custodial investigations and make recommendations about what they believe to be in the best interest of the child. Section 15-11-9.1 "Court appointed special advocate" defined; guardian ad litem (a) As used in this Code section, t...

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  • The Ugly Truth about Foster Care

    To Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, simplicity was the hallmark of modern architecture, hence the aphorism for which he is credited, Less is more. When it comes to children in foster care, less is most definitely more - if less connotes fewer abused and neglected children, fewer petit...

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  • Freedom is A Right - Stars and Stripes A Responsiblity

    In 2010, I published an article on the Bill of Rights in the DeKalb Bar Association News. In today's political climate, remembering our genesis - the framework in which our governmentfowho we are and how we came to be the United States of America Two centuries and 21 years ago...

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  • Contested Custody Cases: Protecting Your Children From An Addict Parent

    Over 28 million Americans come from familes of addiction, almost 11 million of whom are under 18 years of age. When those children find themselves at interest in their parent's divorce, what steps should be taken or considered in order to protect them from parents who are not in recovery?

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  • What to Expect in a Divorce and Custody Mediation: Key Elements

    Mediation is a process in which a mediator assists the parties in their efforts to reach a mutually agreeable resolution to their issues. It is a neutral, voluntary, confidential, and self-determined process.

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  • The Child Protection and Public Safety Act: Streamlining the Georgia Juvenile Code

    THE CHILD PROTECTION AND PUBLIC SAFETY ACT: STREAMLINING THE JUVENILE CODE Originally introduced during the 2009 Georgia General Assembly as Senate Bill 292, The Child Protection and Public Safety Act (the Act), after further scrutiny and alteration by legislators, policymakers,...

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  • Property Division in Divorce: An Evolving Jursiprudential Rainbow

    In Georgia, property division in divorce is subject to certain rules general principles that have slowly eroded, forming a number of exceptions. One of the central principles of property division is that only real and personal property and assets acquired during marriage are sub...

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  • What Constitutes a "Speedy" Trial in Georgia?

    What consitutes a "speedy" trial? The short answer is: it depends. As recently as July 14, 2011, the Court of Appeals of Georgia weighed in on this issue in State v. Thaxton, reversing the trial courts grant of the defendant's motion for discharge and acquittal for violation of ...

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  • FILING FOR DIVORCE WHEN YOUR SPOUSE RESIDES OUT OF STATE

    A person seeking to dissolve his or her marriage (and for the moment we are talkingONLY about the grant of a divorce, not an award of alimony, custody, child support, division of property outside the state, or attorney's fees) can file a petition for divorce in Georgia if, first ...

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  • Putting an End To Bullying and Cyberbulling - A Model Prevention Statute

    When I was growing up, students bullied students by publicly defaming them - attacking their looks, their clothing, their intelligence, their social status, their religious affiliation. They sought to instill the fear of God with religious prophecy, leaving literature in their lo...

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