With so much attention this year focused on the Shared Parenting Bill, let us not forget that there are other important bills pending in the Georgia General Assembly which affect family law attorneys and the practice of family law in Georgia. Here are some:

House Bill 139 has been proposed to change the rules of inheritance for parents who have abandoned a minor child who dies without a will.  Status: Passed in the House on February 27, 2007. The Senate has read and referred this bill to Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 156 / Senate Bill 42 both would permit DHR to impose an annual fee of $25 on individuals who are not TANF recipients who ask DHR to enforce their child support orders. Status: Passed by substitute in the Senate on Match 19, 2007. House Judiciary Committee has favorably reported the bill and it is awaiting action by the House.

House Bill 158 corrects problems with the acknowledgment of legitimation process. Note: the discussion of how to fix the problem has lead to some discussion of rescinding the process instead. Status: The bill has been favorably reported out of Judiciary Committee and it is awaiting action by the House.

Senate Bill 41 provides for service on individuals in gated communities. Status: The bill has been favorably reported out of Judiciary Committee and is awaiting action by Senate.

Senate Bill 88 creates a process for parents to give grandparents temporary rights to children. Status: Passed by the Senate and awaiting action by the House.

Thanks to Andrea Knight who assembled this list of bills as part of a presentation in an Atlanta Bar Association Family Law Section seminar