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Q: I have joint custody of my grandchildren with another person. I am going to adopt the children. Will I have sole custo

Will I have sole custody?

V. Joy Edwards
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V. Joy Edwards
answered on Jan 12, 2021

If you are adopting the children you should have sole custody at the end of the adoption. Adoptions, while very joyful, require particular attention to detail. We would love to assist you in your adoption journey. Please call us at 770-723-7211 to schedule time to discuss your situation further.

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Q: i live in georgia and i’m 17 and my guardian keeps hitting me and saying it’s legal is it ?
Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
answered on Jan 6, 2021

No, it’s not legal for people to hit you and it should be reported.

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Q: What can adoptive parents do if you email them expressing regret and grief? It’s a private “open adoption”.

I am the birth father. The adoptive parents knew they didn’t want a relationship with us, and didn’t let us know until after the adoption was finalized. It’s a nightmare come true.

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
answered on Dec 29, 2020

The terms of the adoption should have been clear in writing from the start. If you feel they are in violation you should consult with attorney right away who can review the facts of your case in detail and present you with the options.

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Q: Can a single mother adopt her child out if the absent father and even the family wants the child?

Mother of the child is unstable and doesn’t want her children. The father loves them dearly and wants them. Can the father get custody?

Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
answered on Dec 15, 2020

The Father can file for custody and should do so immediately.

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Q: What forms do I need to file to petition the court for relinquishing my parental rights and to ask for adoption reversed
Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
answered on Dec 7, 2020

Duplicate question - Adoption issues are something that you usually can’t do on your own. It would be wise to at least consult with an attorney who can review the facts of the case in detail and present you with the options, as well as provide you with direction for the proper course of action to... Read more »

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Q: What forms do I need to file or how do I do a petition in Georgia to reverse a adoption
Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
answered on Dec 3, 2020

Adoption issues are something that you usually can’t do on your own. It would be wise to at least consult with an attorney who can review the facts of the case in detail and present you with the options, as well as provide you with direction for the proper course of action to take.

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Q: Me and husband want to adopt his 16 yr old brother both parents are living how can we do that and is it possible

What are the steps that will have to be taken ?

V. Joy Edwards
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V. Joy Edwards
answered on Nov 23, 2020

Are the parents consenting to the adoption? The steps to be taken will be dependent on whether or not the biological parents consent. Feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss the specifics of your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: If my grandmother has custody of me and my mom won't let me go back to her what should I do?

My grandmother got custody of me when I was 7 months and (I'm 16 now). I've lived with my mom for the past three years and she always tells me I'm not going anywhere and that I can't go back and live with my grandma. I don't like being with my mom. I always hide my feelings... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
answered on Nov 18, 2020

If your grandmother has full legal custody of you then she can take action to have you go live with her. Have her consult with an attorney or call the police.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Need a pro bono lawyer to represent me be on my side with a guardianship case. Plus visitation. 706 716 4208

Ex got guardianship I'm the mom trying to fight for justice to be apart of her life an get guardianship visitation.

Ellaretha Coleman
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Ellaretha Coleman
answered on Nov 1, 2020

If you are unable to afford an attorney, your local legal aid office may be able to assist you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Q: Is a birth plan a legal document?
Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
answered on Sep 4, 2020

In most cases they are not legal documents, they merely lay out the guidelines or plans that someone intends to follow. If you would like to make a birth plan a legal document, it would be a good idea to have an attorney help with drafting it. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: I am 16 in two months. Will I have to wait until 16 to file for emancipation, or can I file now and be approved later?

From everything I researched the process can take 4-6 months, and I need to be out of their guardianship asap. I haven't been staying with them for the past 2 weeks, and I've been kicked out twice. I have lots of witnesses of physical abuse, and I can prove I'm mentally, financially,... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw
answered on Sep 4, 2020

You do not have to wait to file the Petition for Emancipation. It may be best to contact an attorney who can assist you with the specifics of your case.

We wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, LLC. (770) 240-0922.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Q: Hello I'm trying to get my daughter's last name changed to my husband's last name

My daughter has my last name her biological father never signed the birth certificate however we did go to court for child support and for him to have visitation rights, with him not signing the birth certificate would I need his permission to have her name hyphenated? (She'll be 11 this year)

V. Joy Edwards
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V. Joy Edwards
answered on Sep 2, 2020

Yes

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law, Animal / Dog Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: In the state of Georgia, if someone gifts you a pet (cat), when/how does it become legally yours? Gifter wants it back

Given a cat for Christmas almost 4 years ago cat was adopted in GA but person who adopted her from the shelter was an Alabama resident. He adopted her (official papers) and unofficially gave her to me as a Christmas gift, Times have changed and he wants the cat back. I have receipts where I’ve... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
answered on Aug 26, 2020

Going off of the facts that you have provided, it sounds as though the cat is yours. I would recommend holding on to the receipts for care that you mention, just in case he wanted to take this to court to try and get the cat back. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Adoption and Appeals / Appellate Law for Georgia on
Q: My ceillling is leaking sewer water an the hotel want move me or fix issues its making me ill my asthma is awful
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 18, 2020

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. This is not an appellate law matter; it is a health matter that needs timely attention. Have them move you or repair the problem if those are the immediately available options. You could sort other issues out after... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: I am 16 and have decided I want to live with my god grandmother. How can she could get custody of me? My aunt has it now

My aunt doesn’t want to let me leave at the moment. However, leaving with my god grandmother will personally be better for me in terms of happiness and my mental health along with my emotional health. According to my mother my aunt has temporary custody as well. My god grandmother is willing to... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw
answered on Aug 7, 2020

There will have to be a modification in custody, and this is filed in court. It is unclear if your aunt has legal, temporary custody of you or if she was given temporary custody with your mother’s permission. For these reasons, it is best to contact an attorney who can assist you with the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Q: My ex husband stole my dogs out of spite and gave them to an animal shelter and they already adopted them out before

I had the chance to reclaim them do they legally have to give me my dogs back or give me the names of the people who adopted them

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jul 22, 2020

I’m sorry for your loss! That is absolutely abhorrent what your ex did.

In Colorado, once a shelter has a dog for 5 days and the dog goes unclaimed during that period, the shelter legally owns the dog. That’s set out my Colorado regulation. You might want to check if that is also the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: My sister is moving out of state in few days. She has a 16 yr. Old who is living with me but I don't have custody.

My niece been living with me for 3mo. Her mom just told us she now is moving 5 states away in 2 days. But her 16 yr. Old isn't going with her. What will happen?

Can I sign for her Drs. And school stuff?

Will they get her mom for abandonment?

Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
answered on Jul 10, 2020

Your sister and the child's father need to sign guardianship or custody paperwork with you.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: My brother has two kids that were adopted when they were around 10 to12 years old. By their stepfather and their mother.

He went into the hospital. Got sick and they called on the phone and told them they were the biological children. He wanted me to be over his medical.The hospital said they have authority of him. That what he wants is irrelevant. Is this true .he has a trach, is on vent,and they are transferring... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw
answered on Jul 2, 2020

It is unfortunate to hear about your brother’s illness. The answer to your question depends on whether his rights as a parent were terminated and the children were officially (legally) adopted by the stepfather. It is best to contact an attorney who can assist you with the specifics of your... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: How to start on a step parent adoption

Hello, my husband would like to adopt my son. We’ve been together 4 years and my son’s biological father had his parental rights terminated in 2014. Do we need to hire a lawyer or is it possible to file the paperwork with the court ourselves?

Thank you!

Ellaretha Coleman
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Ellaretha Coleman
answered on Jun 3, 2020

It is possible to file the paperwork yourselves, but that is not advisable. There are a number of procedures that you will need to be familiar with in order to efficiently complete your step-parent adoption. I highly recommend that you hire an attorney to complete this for you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Adoption and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: I got married April 2017 we've been separated since June 2017, we have two minor children together, i have no idea wher

I have no idea where he is, I know he's in the same county and state as me, as far as I know he's been in the streets, I don't want anything but a divorce and sole custody of our kids

Robbie Levin
Robbie Levin
answered on May 15, 2020

Shouldn’t be a problem. He can be served by publication if necessary.

For more information visit my website at www.LevinLawyerGa.com

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