I'm sorry this happened to you, and I can imagine how difficult it is to have to deal with the divorce, infidelity, and now this disease on top of everything else. There are are a couple of theories under which you could bring suit, and each have pros and cons that depend upon the specific facts of the situation. You could bring a claim under the theory of "battery" which, in a nutshell, means you would not have consented to having sex with him had you known he was infected. The other theory is the straight negligence theory, which revolves around whether a reasonable person in his condition would have behaved the same as he behaved. You can also take a combined, or alternative theory approach, essentially arguing both, and allowing the jury to decide.
These are not the easiest claims to prosecute because the epidemiology of the infection is not always obvious. It is also important to know whether the other party has any assets against which any potential judgment could be enforced.
Having said that, my office is just across Cobb County near Cumberland Mall, and I live in East Cobb and would be happy to discuss this claim with you and help you understand your options. Ordinarily, we attorneys post on Avvo to provide information, but in this case, since you posted you were specifically looking for an attorney in your area who handles personal injury claims of this nature, I wanted to specifically respond in kind.
Best of luck to you regardless of whatever you decide to do, and hopefully over time and with some education you can re-establish your relationship with your son.
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Potentially, this can be sought in the divorce itself as a separate count, or as a separate suit, but since divorce settlements may preclude future claims, any case should be commenced before the end of the divorce. Several Cobb lawyers have answered you and you may wish to follow up with them.
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You have received good advice from the other Avvo lawyers, however, in addition to their comments I stress 2 things: 1) this will be an embarrassing case no matter how you bring it, and 2) it could be very hard to prove the etiology of the disease, ie: where did you catch it?
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