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Anthony Zezima’s Legal Cases

9 total

  • Jacob v. Koslow, 282 Ga. 516, 44 S.E.2d 857

    Practice Area:
    Divorce & Separation
    Date:
    May 14, 2007
    Outcome:
    Unfavorable Trial Decision Reversed by Supreme Court
    Description:
    Client's former wife filed petition to have former husband held in contempt regarding divorce decree that was entered in another county. The Superior Court, Cherokee County, denied former husband's motion for judgment on the pleadings or, in the alternative, to transfer case to county where decree was entered more than 10 years before. Former husband filed interlocutory application, which was granted. Holding: The Supreme Court held that trial court did not have jurisdiction to hear contempt.
  • Lopez v. Olson, et. al. Court of Appeals of Georgia, 2012 WL 676654

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    Mar 02, 2012
    Outcome:
    Unfavorable Trial Decision Reversed on Appeal
    Description:
    Client appealed a finding by the trial court that her mother and step father were entitled to retain custody of her 2 children based upon a consent order from Alaska. While the Georgia Court of Appeals stated that the Georgia trial court could hear a change of custody case, the Appellate Court stated that the trial court must use the proper standard of proof, and it could not award custody to the grandparents without a finding that the mother was not fit to have custody. The case was reversed and remanded to the trial court for a proper custody determination that followed the Appellate Court's ruling.
  • Scott-Lasley v. Lasley, 278 Ga. 671

    Practice Area:
    Child Custody
    Date:
    Oct 25, 2004
    Outcome:
    Unfavorable Trial Decision Reversed on Appeal
    Description:
    Client appealed a provision for an automatic change of custody in the event that one of the parties moves outside of the seven-county metropolitan Atlanta area. The Georgia Supreme Court disapproved of self-executing change of custody provisions on the ground that judicial scrutiny was necessary at the time of the change to determine whether the change was in the child's best interests. Moreover, that disapproval applied whether the self-executing provision originated with an agreement of the parties or with the trial court. Accordingly, the trial court erred in incorporating it into the final decree of divorce.
  • Veal v Veal, 281 Ga. 128

    Practice Area:
    Child Custody
    Date:
    Oct 16, 2006
    Outcome:
    Unfavorable Trial Decision Reversed on Appeal
    Description:
    Client appealed an award of custody of her child to her husband, who was not the biological father, but married her after the birth of the child. The Georgia Supreme Court ruled that only a biological father may bring a legitimation action. The statutory legitimation process is meant to establish legal ties between a biological father and child where the parents were not married at the time of the child's birth; it is not meant to establish legal ties between a step-parent and child.
  • Wondium v. Getachew, 289 Ga. 208

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Date:
    May 16, 2011
    Outcome:
    Favorable Trial Decision Affirmed on Appeal
    Description:
    Client defended appeal from Husband who contests the divorce court's jurisdiction based on the residency of the two children whom he alleges resided in Ethiopia at the time the divorce was filed and at the time the divorce decree was issued in 2006. Pretermitting whether these allegations are true, Husband's challenges to the divorce court's jurisdiction were rendered moot by the trial court's entry of the 2010 custody modification and parenting plan order. During the 2010 custody modification proceeding, it was uncontested that the children resided in DeKalb County, Georgia, as did Wife, and Husband submitted himself to the personal jurisdiction of the court when he filed his modification pleading and appeared for the hearing on same. Accordingly, the trial court's denial of Husband's motion to vacate the 2006 divorce decree was not erroneous and the judgment is sustained.
  • Holley v. Holley

    Practice Area:
    Child Custody
    Date:
    Aug 24, 2011
    Outcome:
    Won custody battle for mother of 3 children
    Description:
    After a lengthy battle over a year and a half, successfully defended father's attempt to gain custody by claiming parental alienation, while fending off testimony of hired forensic psychologist, former treating psychologist, and court appointed psychologist.
  • Phillips v. Blankenship, 251 Ga.App. 235

    Practice Area:
    Family
    Date:
    Aug 16, 2001
    Outcome:
    Favorable Trial Decision Affirmed on Appeal
    Description:
    Following trial, jury awarded Blankenship Judgment on both her breach of promise to marry claim ($2,525.14) and her unjust enrichment claim ($21,627.97). Former fiance appealed.
  • Kennedy v. Kennedy, 309 Ga.App. 590

    Practice Area:
    Family
    Date:
    May 16, 2011
    Outcome:
    Unfavorable Trial Decision Reversed in Part on Appeal
    Description:
    Ex wife was awarded attorney fees in trial court. Client did not have an attorney in trial court. Judge did not have statutory authority to award attorney fees.
  • Rollins v. Rollins, 266 Ga. 597

    Practice Area:
    Divorce & Separation
    Date:
    Apr 08, 1996
    Outcome:
    Favorable Trial Decision Affirmed on Appeal
    Description:
    Wife (client) received Jury Verdict for $50,000 lump sum alimony, and $9,000 attorney fees. Husband appealed. Supreme Court affirmed Jury Verdict.