Monthly Archives: November 2017

Family Purpose Doctrine Affects Household

In Georgia parents may not be held liable for their household members solely due to their parent-child relationship; however, they can still be liable for children and all other household members in specific situations. The Family Purpose Doctrine concerns one such specific situation that may make the head of household liable for the conduct of a spouse or child, whether a minor or adult, during the use of a vehicle. Family Purpose Doctrine and Vehicle Use Parents may find themselves liable for the conduct of their children while using or driving a vehicle where injury occurred. In Georgia if a […]

Facebook Posts of Child Makes Parents Liable

The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that parents can be held liable for their child’s Facebook posts. This decision could now set a legal precedent on the issue of parental responsibility over their children’s online activity. Child’s Facebook Posts Bring Lawsuit In the Georgia case of Boston vs Athearns, the Bostons sought damages for libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress and claimed the Athearns (parents) made no effort to compel their child to delete or remove the fake Facebook page he made about their child. The Georgia Court of Appeals upheld the negligence claims against the parents and […]