Odom v. Odom: The mental healthcare privilege is not waived because patients have been treated jointly or they were referred by a guardian ad litem.
By Sarah McCormack, family law attorney
A trial court properly modified child support upward to cover the expenses of private school for parties’ children where parties’ original settlement agreement only required one year of private school and where father had experienced an increase in income and an improvement in his overall financial circumstances.
A trial court properly declined to hear testimony of therapist who provided therapy to the parties and to their children “regarding family issues.” The mental healthcare privilege is not waived simply “because patients may have been treated jointly or because they were referred by a guardian ad litem.”
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.
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