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What is a petition to domesticate? Georgia, Yes. I was

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What is a petition to domesticate?
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Georgia
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: Yes. I was served this morning
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  legalgems replied 10 months ago.

Hello! I will be reviewing your question and posting a response momentarily; if you have any follow up questions please respond here. Thanks!

Expert:  legalgems replied 10 months ago.

Basically, a judgment from one state needs to be "domesticated" in another state, in order for that second state to have jursidiction to help enforce that judgment.

Under the Constitution, sister states will give "full faith and credit" to other state's judgements, so the courts had to come up with a way to process these so the secondary state will be aware of the judgment. The party wishing to enforce such a judgment would file a petition to "domesticate" the judgment.

The state has adopted different legislation to help simplify this process including the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgment Act, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.

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So the court will not care to relitigate the case on its merits- rather the court will look to determine that the issuing court's judgment is accurately reflected by the filing party's petition.

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Expert:  legalgems replied 10 months ago.

Hello again; just checking in to see how things worked out;
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