2020 Georgia Code
Title 19 - Domestic Relations
Chapter 12 - Name Change
§ 19-12-4. Name Change With Fraudulent Intent Not Authorized

Universal Citation: GA Code § 19-12-4 (2020)

Nothing contained in this chapter shall authorize any person to change his name with a view to deprive another fraudulently of any right under the law.

(Code 1933, § 79-503, enacted by Ga. L. 1961, p. 129, § 3.)


Am. Jur. 2d.

- 57 Am. Jur. 2d, Name, §§ 16, 22, 23, 66, 75.


- 65 C.J.S., Names, § 21 et seq.

CHAPTER 13 FAMILY VIOLENCE Article 1 Granting of Relief by Superior Courts.
  • 19-13-1. "Family violence" defined.
  • 19-13-2. Jurisdiction of superior court.
  • 19-13-3. Petition seeking relief from family violence; temporary relief ex parte; hearing; dismissal of petition upon failure to hold hearing; procedural advice for victims; delays.
  • 19-13-4. Protective orders and consent agreements; contents; delivery to sheriff; expiration; enforcement.
  • 19-13-5. Supplemental nature of remedies provided by article.
  • 19-13-6. Penalties.
Article 1A Family Violence Intervention.
  • 19-13-10. Definitions.
  • 19-13-11. Fee for certification application; valid period of certification.
  • 19-13-12. [Reserved].
  • 19-13-13. Administration and supervision of certification.
  • 19-13-14. Standards and requirements for course content; course operators; certification of programs; maintenance of list of certified programs.
  • 19-13-15. Cooperation with State Board of Pardons and Paroles.
  • 19-13-16. Mandatory participation; cost for participation.
  • 19-13-17. Administrative fine.
Article 2 Family Violence Shelters.
  • 19-13-20. Definitions.
  • 19-13-21. Powers and duties of council.
  • 19-13-22. Eligibility for licensing and funding; application; receiving and referral functions; shelters and programs; admission procedures; board of shelter.
  • 19-13-23. Confidentiality of location of family violence shelter; exceptions.
Article 3 State Commission on Family Violence.
  • 19-13-30. State Commission on Family Violence.
  • 19-13-31. Commission created; comprehensive state plan for ending family violence; establishment of community task forces.
  • 19-13-32. Membership; terms; filling of vacancies; officers.
  • 19-13-33. Meetings; quorum; reimbursement for expenses.
  • 19-13-34. Powers and duties of commission.
  • 19-13-35. Termination provisions [Repealed].
Article 4 Protective Order Registry.
  • 19-13-50. Short title.
  • 19-13-51. Definitions.
  • 19-13-52. Purpose of registry; maintenance; access to information; linking to National Crime Information Center Network.
  • 19-13-53. Standardized forms; timing of transmission of information and data entry; sheriff's responsibility.
  • 19-13-54. Foreign protective orders.
  • 19-13-55. Confidential nature of information in registry.
  • 19-13-56. Liability of court or law enforcement personnel.
Cross references.

- Certain communications privileged, § 24-5-501.

Communications between victim of family violence or sexual assault and agents providing services to such victim, § 24-5-509.

Termination of residential lease after issuance of civil family violence order or criminal family violence order, § 44-7-23.

Editor's notes.

- By resolution (Ga. L. 1986, p. 1203), the General Assembly urged the judges of the superior courts to order restitution in cases involving child abuse or sexual abuse and provided for the preparation of a report regarding the use of such orders.

By resolution (Ga. L. 1986, p. 1204), the General Assembly urged certain public organizations and state agencies to develop programs for the education and training of social services and criminal justice professionals in the areas of child abuse, sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation.

Administrative Rules and Regulations.

- Family violence intervention program, Official Compilation of the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia, Board of Corrections, Chapter 125-4-9.

Law reviews.

- For annual survey article discussing developments in domestic relations law, see 51 Mercer L. Rev. 263 (1999). For comment, "The Limits of the Neighborhood Justice Center: Why Domestic Violence Cases Should Not Be Mediated," see 34 Emory L.J. 855 (1985).


In-chambers consultation with child to be recorded.

- In a family violence action, the trial court erred in refusing to allow the court's in-chambers consultation with the child to be recorded. Williams v. Stepler, 221 Ga. App. 338, 471 S.E.2d 284 (1996).

Jurisdiction of appeals.

- Orders entered under the Family Violence Act, O.C.G.A. § 19-13-1 et seq., must come by discretionary application and jurisdiction of appeals lies in the Georgia Court of Appeals. Schmidt v. Schmidt, 270 Ga. 461, 510 S.E.2d 810 (1999).


Child Abuse - The Battered Child Syndrome, 2 POF2d 365.

Child Neglect, 3 POF2d 265.


- Admissibility of expert or opinion testimony on battered wife or battered woman syndrome, 18 A.L.R.4th 1153.

Tort liability of public authority for failure to remove parentally abused or neglected children from parents' custody, 60 A.L.R.4th 942.

Admissibility of expert testimony concerning domestic-violence syndromes to assist jury in evaluating victim's testimony or behavior, 57 A.L.R.5th 315.


Law reviews.

- For article, "Obtaining Protective Orders for Relief from Family Violence," see 6 Ga. St. B.J. 20 (2000). For article, "Domestic Relations Law," see 53 Mercer L. Rev. 265 (2001). For article, "Family Violence and Military Procedures in Georgia: An Introduction for Non-Military Lawyers," see 7 Ga. St. B.J. 16 (2001). For note on the 1994 amendments of Code Sections 19-13-3 to 19-13-4 of this article, see 11 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 180 (1994). For comment, "The Abuse of Animals as a Method of Domestic Violence: The Need for Criminalization," see 63 Emory L.J. 1163 (2014).

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