Domestication of Foreign Judgments
Georgia Family Lawyers in Atlanta & Marietta
In our fairly transient culture, oftentimes people will
divorce in one state and then one or both parties will move to another state.
Domestication of Foreign Judgments refers to transferring the Orders of
one state to another. While it can refer to transfers of Orders from one
country to another, that process is somewhat more complicated.
Generally, if an obligated party moves to a new state, it is not a bad
idea to domesticate the Order pertaining to child support, for example,
in that new state. It can greatly expedite any collection efforts. If
both parties move from the originating state, domesticating the judgment
to an obligated party's state is the best idea.
The first step in domesticating a judgment or order from another state
is to obtain a certified copy of that judgment or order. After an action
is filed in the new state seeking domestication of the judgment or order,
the obligated party must receive notice in a form approved by the new
state. In Georgia, we usually require personal service to ensure that
Due Process requirements are satisfied.
Domesticating a Judgment is not complicated. More often than not it is
a process of ensuring that the i's are dotted and the t's crossed
rather than laying the groundwork for an elaborate strategy. Speak with
one of our dedicated
Marietta divorce lawyers for help with domestication matters. We provide legal representation to
clients in Atlanta, Marietta, Canton, Savannah, Lawrenceville and Gainesville.
If you would like to learn more about domesticating a foreign judgment,
call us at 888-930-9165 for a