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2017 Georgia Code
Title 19 - Domestic Relations
Chapter 10 - Abandonment of Spouse or Child
§ 19-10-2. Abandonment of dependent pregnant wife; criminal penalties; continuing offense
Universal Citation: GA Code § 19-10-2 (2017)
- (a) A wife who is pregnant with her husband's child shall be deemed to be in a dependent condition when her husband does not furnish her sufficient food, clothing, or medical treatment to meet her needs, both before and immediately upon the birth of the child.
- (b) Any husband who willfully and voluntarily abandons his wife, while she is pregnant with his child, leaving her in a dependent condition, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
- (c) Any husband who willfully and voluntarily abandons his wife while she is pregnant with his child and leaves the jurisdiction of this state shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than three years. The felony shall be reducible to a misdemeanor.
- (d) For purposes of this Code section, a husband shall not be deemed to have abandoned his wife willfully and voluntarily unless he has actual knowledge of her pregnant condition.
- (e) The offense of abandonment as set forth in this Code section is a continuing offense.
- (f) The wife shall be competent to be a witness against her husband in any proceedings or cases brought against the husband for abandonment as set forth in this Code section.
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