Editors’ Corner

By Leigh F. Cummings | cummings@connellcummings.com

This issue of the Family Law Review is full of instructive articles on a broad range of subjects related to family law and also showcases topics and photos from the exceptional 2018 Family Law Institute. The article regarding the impact of the 2018 changes to the federal tax laws on family law matters not only explains the changes but also provides an insightful analysis about the practical effect on domestic relations matters. The article about the Military Survivor Benefit Plan demystifies what can be a very complicated process of properly awarding a party an interest in a survivor annuity associated with military retired pay. I believe that you will find the article regarding Georgia’s new Adoption Code to be a very useful reference. This edition of the Family Law Review includes two very helpful articles concerning custody issues for non-married parents—one of which is focused on same-sex parents. The history and evolution of the burgeoning Diversity Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar is highlighted in this edition. The piece on trusts and equitable division analyzes the Gibson decision and its impact on divorce cases when a party has transferred assets into a trust. The article regarding personal property appraisals provides helpful advice for attorneys considering hiring an appraiser. As always, the Case Law Update remains critical to our practice of family law. Thank you to all of the contributors for the quality content of this edition. Your efforts are sincerely appreciated!