DUNCAN v. MEDLIN

25627.

226 Ga. 118 (1970)

172 S.E.2d 672

DUNCAN, nee Medlin v. MEDLIN.

Supreme Court of Georgia.

Decided February 5, 1970.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

L. S. Cobb, Doyle C. Brown, Ralph D. Vaughn, for appellant.


FELTON, Justice.

In the full bench decision of Bugden v. Bugden, 224 Ga. 517 (162 S.E.2d 719), this court ruled unconstitutional the provision of Ga. L. 1955, pp. 630, 631, codified as Code Ann. § 30-220, that venue of an action to revise a judgment for permanent alimony is in the same county in which the original judgment was granted, holding that, under the Georgia Constitution, the venue is in the county where the defendant resides.

The General Assembly subsequently enacted Ga. L. 1969, p. 98 (Code Ann. § 30-225.1 (1)), providing as follows: "So long as a husband against whom is rendered a permanent alimony judgment remains or is domiciled in this State, the exclusive procedure for the modification of such judgment shall be by a proceeding instituted for such purposes in the court of this State which granted the original judgment." (Emphasis supplied.)

"`Where there is a variance between an Act of the General Assembly and a Constitutional provision, the Constitutional provision prevails.'" Bugden v. Bugden, supra, p. 518 and cit. Therefore, the venue provision of Code Ann. § 30-225.1 (1), which is the same as that in Code Ann. § 30-220, is likewise unconstitutional for the reason pointed out in the Bugden case.

Accordingly, the Superior Court of Cobb County erred in its judgment granting the motion to dismiss of the defendant resident of Cobb County in this action to revise a judgment for permanent alimony granted in Cherokee County.

Judgment reversed. All the Justices concur.


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