P. Justin Thrailkill's answer Your fact pattern is confusing. By "served person" are you meaning the protected party? Is the protected party an adult? You need to sit down with counsel for a consultation and explain this situation in more detail.
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer This sounds like it has less to do with your sobriety than it does about your ability to follow court orders. Talk to counsel about where you need to go from here to defend this.
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer Custody will be addressed inside of the legitimation action. A positive DNA test alone is not enough to legitimize you. You still need to file a legitimation action and ask the Court to award you custody and visitation and to address support.
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer Not necessarily, but it is not as easy as just stopping payments. You need to get a declaratory judgment noting that child support will be stopped because the child is no longer in school. If you don't know how to do this on your own, I'd suggest hiring a lawyer.
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer Their job is to enforce it. They can modify it if requested to, but they would've served you with notice if this was to happen. Most orders would say support is paid until the child graduates from high school, but there are exceptions. You need to speak with counsel about representation if you cannot get them to stop it and the order says it is to stop.
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer You need to talk to a local attorney about what you need to do to maintain rights. You don't provide enough information here to give anyone an idea of what is going on with your case.
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer Contact an attorney in Georgia about proceeding with a legitimation. It is not a color by numbers operation, meaning it is not something someone can just tell you how to do. You need professional help, especially given the fact that the mother is now deceased and there is some sort of custody proceeding whereby the grandmother has gotten custody. Good luck to you.
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer Yes, child support accrues even while someone is in prison. You could file for a modification of support, but, if they are in prison, it's hard to argue their earning capacity hasn't been diminished.
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer Even though they screwed up, unfortunately, you can't get this back. Just deduct it from what you would've paid her for next month. Make sure they account for it in their system to show the overpayment.
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer Was the case filing in Georgia or Florida? Depending on how long you've been in Florida, and where the original case was, it may not be appropriate to have the case in Cobb County. Talk to an attorney ASAP, as that objection needs to be raised within 30 days.
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer In short, no. It is your obligation to make sure that you are current on support. Even if they make a mistake, or have lousy customer service, it is your responsibility to see to it that your obligation is met.
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer Agreed. That is about your only option. If no father is listed on the birth certificate, sometimes that is good enough for the Dept. of State. However, depending on where you are going, some countries require permission of the other parent to travel to their country.
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer Agreed. You need to file a Notice of Appeal within 30 days and order the transcript. Once the case is docketed you will file a brief with the Court of Appeals. I'd encourage you to retain appellate counsel to assist you with this matter.
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