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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: After you file a answer and counter claim in civil court is there a timeline for when a hearing is supposed to be like

Within so many days?

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Kedra M Gotel answered on Jul 27, 2021

It depends. You should consult the court where you filed the response to determine how soon the matter can be heard. Some jurisdictions can get the parties before the presiding judge or judicial officer soon than later. Every venue is different. The Uniform Superior Court Rules provide the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Need help with appeal process

Three years ago my daughter was in abusive relationship her bf wouldn't let me take the baby and my daughter would steal from Walmart to support her daughter cause the baby father was addicted to pills and would abusive to her. Well she got caught twice put on probation and went to jail for... Read more »

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Kedra M Gotel answered on Jul 7, 2021

Your daughter doesn't have an appeal appealable issue. She simply needs to revoke/terminate/end the guardianship in a signed writing. The Division of Family and Children Services did not initiate a petition of protection nor did they seek termination of your daughter's parental rights.... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: If an ex fling filed a TPO against me for stalking, should I take one out on her as well?

I had a 9 month relationship with a woman who is engaged to be married. Out of nowhere she broke it off, changed her number and blocked me. I sent a ridiculous amount of emails to try and get her to respond. Cusses her out, threatened to tell her boss she uses illicit drugs in which she does. In an... Read more »

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Kedra M Gotel answered on Jul 7, 2021

If your ex actually filed a TPO against you then the Sheriff's department would have served you with notice. Unless you have been avoiding service, she may just be pulling your coat tail. Avoiding service for a hearing for a temporary protective order can have adverse affects for you so... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: im 15 and i just had my daughter.my mom is constantly starting fights over nothing what do i do to keep my daughter safe

today, she got angry because she was changing my daughters diaper and i took over and did it myself. she then started an argument because i did not want her to see my birth video and her reasoning was because she is my mother and she has that right. i do not want this around my child but i am 15... Read more »

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Kedra M Gotel answered on Jul 6, 2021

I am saddened to hear that this type of disturbance is occurring in your home where peace should resound. Because you are a minor yourself there is not much you can do unless the situation turns violent and you and your daughter's life is in danger. You could also talk with your grandmother... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Just got out of jail for contempt back child support, $8600 to get out and was also stripped of visitation rights. Help!

So yes, wife and I divorced 2014. I tailspun out and was homeless, addicted, mentally lost it a few times, once ended up at a psych place for evaluation etc. 2017, and a couple attempts in 2016 I began trying to pick up myself up and wanted better. Prior to this, was always honest with exwife... Read more »

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Kedra M Gotel answered on Jul 6, 2021

First, I would like to express my sincere condolences for your current situation. As a child support attorney, I am aware of the frustrations surrounding child support arrearages. It is great you were able to purge the amount and be released from jail. On another note, if the mother of your... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Georgia on
Q: Can my Father keep a check written to him from my brother who passed away on 11/7/20. Check dated 11/6/20

My brother didn't have a will. He was still legally married, but his wife moved out of their home in 2015. My father moved in to physically care for him in 2016, due to declining health. I began helping him manage his small trucking business. He had me write the check and sign his name,... Read more »

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Kedra M Gotel answered on Jul 6, 2021

Who is "she"? Are you referring to the estranged wife? Did the court appoint her as the personal representative? Were you not served with notice of her Petition to be Appointed as the personal representative? If so, why didn't you file a caveat to contest such appointment? Even... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Can my ex tell where I can stay during my visitation time. ie a hotel if necessary.

My ex lives 6 hrs away and I have been driving staying with her, but it is causing too much drama. And now I don’t want to stay with her, but I don’t want to give up my visitation time with my kids.

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Kedra M Gotel answered on Jul 6, 2021

Have you been ordered supervised visitation by a court? If not, you are not obligated to remain at her house during visitation. Get a copy of your order, call a competent attorney, and then schedule a consultation. I wish you the best!

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