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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on
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?

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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: can someone who has had their parental rights terminated, gain their rights back in the state of georgia?

Georgia? the mom was relatively young, her husband left, she dropped the ball. The child ended up with a really bad ear infection. The moms older sister petitioned the courts for custody of said child. Took the mom as well as the husband(whom was on the aunts side) and they had the mom sign her... Read more »

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Jan 4, 2021

It depends. Were her rights terminated or did her sister just get custody? We are happy to schedule a consultation to discuss the situation further. The consultations last about an hour and cost $100. 770-723-7211.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on
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 ?

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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.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: I've been paying child support for 18 years and have back pay in North Carolina and I stay in Georgia. A home dna test

by my mother and come to find out the kids are not mine. So how can I handle this to get rid of my back child support and or if I can get some money back

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Oct 28, 2020

If there was an Order establishing paternity, you will not be able to get the child support you have paid, or owe back. Did you do a DNA test at the time child support was originally put in place?

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Child Support for both girls? One is his biological the other mine and he supports.
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V. Joy Edwards answered on Oct 28, 2020

He will only have a legal obligation to pay support for the child that is biologically his child.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Will, I revived child support for both girls, and am I entitled to alimony? I've been a stay at mom for 5 years

I am wanting to file for divorce from my husband of almost 8 years. I have been a stay at home mom for most of those ye

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Oct 28, 2020

If you have custody of the children you should receive child support. It is likely that you will get some alimony for a period of time if you don't earn an income. Call us to help you get things in order.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: If I am on the birth certificate and were never married do I have equal rights as the mother in Florida

If her mom there grandma got power of attorney over ou kids where does our right stand and we not together

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Oct 26, 2020

Georgia requires you to legitimize the child. You can call us to schedule a consultation to review your options and plan of action.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Is the non-custodial parent still responsible for child support if he or she remarries the same person?

My sister divorced her husband for the first time in 1998. He was ordered to pay child support and never did. They remarried each other July 2020. However, they recently divorced again. (October 2020) Is he still responsible for the child support from the first divorce?

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Oct 20, 2020

Technically, yes he is. However, we would need to find out why it wasn't handled in the most recent divorce. Have your sister call us to schedule a consultation so we can review the specifics of her case and formulate a plan to move forward.

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: As a grandparent I have permanent guardianship over my 2 young grandchildren ages 6 and 8.

Can their father who has not legitimized either child take us back to court to modify the guardianship order because he misses his kids and demands we let him take them for overnight stays 4 hours away? Mind you he is a drug user and states he has been “sober” for 10 months of which we cannot... Read more »

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Oct 18, 2020

You are within your rights to deny visitation that is not court ordered. He may take you back to court to try to get an order giving him visitation. I would advise that you contact us to schedule a consult so you can be prepared if this does happen.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Where do I file a motion asking for a GAL to be appointed into a custody case?
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V. Joy Edwards answered on Oct 13, 2020

You would file it in the case that is pending. If there is no case pending, you need to contact an attorney to assist you with getting the relevant legal advice to move forward. You can call us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We are happy to help.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: The petitioner sent a picture of The Rule Nisi but has not officially had me served, Will there still be a court date?

The Petitioner does not have my home address

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Oct 11, 2020

Yes there will still be a Court date. But whether or not you will be expected to appear depends on if you were legally served with the action. We would be happy to discuss your situation further. Contact the office to schedule a consultation.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Do you have to be served A Rule Nisi?
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V. Joy Edwards answered on Oct 11, 2020

It depends on if you filed an Answer to the Petition. If you did, yes. If you didn't no.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: My ex husband’s parenting time is this weekend and he is declining to have the kids. Is he required to pay for that?

He should have the kids for this weekend. He only has them per our parenting plan two weekends per month. He said he cannot have them this weekend. Does he have to pay me additional child support for these two days that he is refusing? If so, how do I enforce that?

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Oct 9, 2020

He does not. You could file a modification and ask for more child support if he consistently does not exercise his parenting time. Contact us to schedule a consultation if you would like to discuss your options further.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: My ex and I agree that our daughter can move out of the country to live with me, do we still need to file a move away?
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V. Joy Edwards answered on Sep 24, 2020

Yes. It is advisable that you get an attorney to make sure the proper paperwork is prepared.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: I am divorced my ex and I have joint custody and he is not keeping to the agreement what can I do.
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V. Joy Edwards answered on Sep 24, 2020

You can file a contempt. Contact us to assist you and ensure you get the best results possible.

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: My Wife is wanting to get full custody of her son from her Ex-husband. We can't afford a lawyer. Can it still be done?

Ex-husband has primary custody in a joint custody arrangement. He and the son live in Louisiana. She was to have sole custody before it was finalized. She let her son (5 or 6 at the time) spend a few months with Ex. He changed the papers and refused to bring son back because he didn't want to... Read more »

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Sep 22, 2020

It will be difficult without an attorney. Also since her ex and son live in LA, that’s where the case will be filed and she most likely will need to get an attorney there.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Hi, in 2016 I was arrested and sentenced to prison. While incarcerated the father decides to fight and won custody of

our child. I got out April of this year and he's now wanting to return custody. How do I go about doing this?

V. Joy Edwards
V. Joy Edwards answered on Sep 18, 2020

A modification of custody would need to be filed. If he's agreeing, we would be able to do it by consent. To ensure it is done correctly, you should hire an attorney to properly prepare the paperwork. Feel free to call us at 770-723-7211 to assist you.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Can you serve a defendants attorney their court papers instead of the defendant in SC regarding visitation?

I served the attorney of my Child's mother paperwork in lieu of them since she asked me to send it her.I used public safety to deliver it,was that legal?

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Sep 12, 2020

Only if the attorney consent to accept service.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Hi. I have a question about an order that was in place in until 2006 or 2007 that halted After terminal cancer diagnosis

He wasnt expected to live past a year and never willingly paid CS anyway. Losing his license, jail time, garnished wages etc. surmounted in arrears. Well, he recovered miraculously and has been in remission since, and ended up in prison after drug addiction turned to crime. Now he has a good job,... Read more »

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Sep 10, 2020

Yes! It can be collected. Call us - 770-723-7211 - and we can schedule a consultation to get more information and go through your options.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Georgia on
Q: I have been married for 34 yrs. My husband had a mistress for 30 of those yrs.do I stand to gain more?

yes my way of life was changed overnite when we separated. His way of control. Thinking I wld ask him back. Has caused me 3 yrs of therapy etc.

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Sep 10, 2020

If the cause of the separation was adultery, we can ask for more than 50% of the assets. If you were/are dependent on him for income, then alimony etc. would definitely be a consideration. We can discuss your options and best course of action when we get more details. Please call the office -... Read more »

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