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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Will court require you to pay back child support for a child you had no knowledge about?

My kids’ dad found out he had an 11yr old son 2 years ago. He was told that he was not the father at first. That someone else was and he even has the other guys name. February 2019 was when he found out the truth. He is now 13 and he’s been giving his mother money since then. He also gives her... Read more »

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Feb 7, 2021

He will not have to pay "back" child support but the mother can ask for expenses of child rearing until there is an Order in place for child support. We would be happy to assist in getting the case situated to minimize his exposure. More importantly, we need to get his child legitimized... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Contracts for Georgia on
Q: If hubby and wife buy a house while they are married and he signs a paper that says if we ever get a divorce wife keeps

The House will that be legit and stand in court for wife to keep the house? Will the paperwork need to be notarized for the court to consider it? Will it even be considered or granted?

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Feb 6, 2021

Probably not. There are issues with authenticity that would need to be considered, along with basic contract law issues. For the court up even consider it would need to be notarized and witnessed.

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3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Do I need to file for a temporary custody order if I am trying to leave my husband but both children want to live w/ me?

We have been married for 11 years. He owns the house but we have lived in it together since he bought it. Our two children (12 and 7) want to live with me. He has had 8 different jobs in the past 10 years and whenever I tell him I want to leave, he seems to lose his job within the month. He is... Read more »

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Feb 1, 2021

You should definitely get an attorney to assist you in ensuring custody and financial support is considered in the way you would like it to be. We assist our client by taking on the "ugly" in divorces cases so they don't have to. Contact us to schedule an appointment to go over the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: Can I press charges against my husband for taking all my jewelry he bought me wedding rings and other jewelry.

He also states that he destroyed all my jewelry

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Jan 31, 2021

Oh wow! Is there a divorce pending? My law firm takes on the ugly in divorce so you don’t have to. Getting your jewelry back as part of the divorce is definitely something we can help you with. Call our office to schedule a consultation so we can discuss the specifics of your case and we can get... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: Is it necessary to answer interagtory questions after I've been separated for 2 years or can I answer what applies prior

We've been separated fir over 2 years and they are only asking info from past 2 yrs in which we werent together. Can I answer for dates during marriage or do i have to tell them everything since she moved out

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Jan 26, 2021

From your inquiry it sounds as if there is an attorney involved on the other side of the case. Have you been served with discovery? Even if you were separated physically, the Court still considers you to be married until a Final Order is signed on the divorce. It's always better to make sure... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: I want to get full custody of my 4 year old niece who lost her mom last year. My brother brought her to me last March.

I have cared for her ever since. I have been taking care of her for almost a year and would like to make this a more permanent situation. As of late my brother and eye have not been seeing eye to eye. He got upset with me over money. And now he continues to threaten to pull her out of school and... Read more »

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Jan 24, 2021

I'm sorry to hear you are going through such a tough situation with your brother and niece. As an aunt who currently has physical custody, you have the right to ask the court for custody. It is important that we move quickly to get this done. We would be happy to help with getting you custody.... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What rights does an ex wife with joint legal custody of two minor children have to assets obtained during a new marriage

*Assets earned or obtained during the non-custodial parents new marriage. This is in regards to a contempt case being brought upon the custodial parent for denial of visitation with the expectation that she will retaliate by asking for more money( in the state of georgia)

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V. Joy Edwards answered on Jan 20, 2021

The ex-wife's new assets will only factor into child support if a modification of child support is requested and the assets are income earning. Call us at 770-723-7211 for a consultation to work through the issues specific to your case.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Hello my child support will be up for review this June of 2021. How soon can I go to the child support office to have it

updated? Do I have to wait exactly 2yrs from the date of the child support(GA court order) order? Also how is proof of income determine if the CP lives out of state?

V. Joy Edwards
V. Joy Edwards answered on Jan 17, 2021

The office of child support services only reviews once every THREE years. If you want to have it revised in two years you will have to go through a private attorney. Contact our office to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to help.

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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

V. Joy Edwards
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?
V. Joy Edwards
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

V. Joy Edwards
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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