Norman v. Doby says a trial court did not have the authority to enforce a temporary protective order beyond the date of its expiration.
Sarah McCormack, family lawyer
If the trial court had no authority to enter a temporary protective order in the first place, then said court could not enforce and / or modify consent agreements entered into by the parties in relationship to that temporary protective order.
A trial court did not have the authority to enforce a temporary protective order beyond the date of its expiration.
Sarah McCormack grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, before receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and her law degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has participated in two Georgia appellate decisions: Kean v. Marshall, 294 Ga. App. 459 (2008), and RTS Landfill, Inc. v. Appalachian Waste Systems, LLC, 267 Ga. App. 56 (2004). Ms. McCormack shares her household with her husband, Kevin McCormack, a Senior Web Producer for Turner Sports, her son, Dylan, and her daughter, Lark. She is with the firm of Kessler & Solomiany LLP, in Georgia.
For the family law practitioner, these cases illustrate the importance of creating and “protecting” the record in the course of a trial or other evidentiary hearing. And on a close issue, more evidence is generally better than less.