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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Is it supposed to say divorce on it if the parents was never married

Father filed for legitimacy and custody and visitation of child

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 15, 2019

I don't know what the "it" is that says divorce, so this is impossible to answer. Consult with an attorney who can review your paperwork and give you advice.

--Regina Edwards | www.EdwardsFamilyLaw.com | 770.854.0777

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4 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: I pay $950 in childsupport for my daughter every month, her mom made her get a job and our daughter has to use her own

Working Money to buy everything for herself. Ex said since our daughter has a job she doesn’t need to use the childsupport money for her. can I go back to court and modify childsupport since my daughter is working and buying her own things?

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 14, 2019

You likely are not going to get a decrease based on these facts. Your daughter is not paying rent or utilities - things child support covers. If she has a job to buy extras, like clothes she wants and going to the movies, that doesn't mean you get a reduction in child support.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Can my 15Yo daughter run away from her Dads house and come to my house (her mother) without getting in trouble with law
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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 14, 2019

No. In fact, you will be in contempt of court, if he has custody and you keep her at your house without permission. She is old enough to pick who she wants to live with so you need to consult with an attorney about filing a modification.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Hello, I am a mother of a child with whom I am trying to give temporary custody of him to my older daughter.

due to my current mental health. My daughter is in Colorado and I am in Georgia. How would I need to go about this?

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 13, 2019

This is not an easy answer. The father will have to be notified and given a chance to object. You need to consult with an attorney about your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: If my 16 year old got someone pregnant, what are the chances of my child support obligation being nullified?

I'm not just trying to get out of child support, but I know that I'll be the one to pay child support for my 16 year old's kid (not legally, but to keep him out of jail). 16yo's other parent is completely apathetic to the whole situation and only cares that I NOT stop paying child support.

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 13, 2019

A child's pregnancy does not nullify child support.

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: For what reasons, outside of physical abuse, would a person be granted supervised visitation only in the state of GA?
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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 13, 2019

There can be many reasons. Substance abuse, sexual abuse, alcohol addiction, exposing the child to people with those characteristics, unregulated mental health issues, unsuitable living arrangements. There can be any number of reasons.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: What are my options? Husband had multiple affairs, The last one caused him to abandon our family. Im 8mnths pregnant.

He left 2 months after finding out we were pregnant with our second child together. I have a son from a previous relationship (he did not adopt) and our daughter is 19 months old. I lost my home since he left me with bills and has contributed $425 from the time he left which was May of this year. I... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 12, 2019

You need to consult an attorney about filing for divorce and obtaining child support. You have said anything that would warrant a judge ordering supervised visitation, though.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: Could I be awarded alimony from husband if I had no income while married?

I married my current husband about 2013 or 2014. During the marriage I was chronically sick and I couldn't work. We also have a child together that was born in 2010. I want the divorce on the grounds of infidelity and domestic violence. My son suffers rom ptsd because of the violence between us so... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 12, 2019

You need to consult with an attorney about your options. There is no formula for alimony, and it varies depending on many factors, some of which you have mentioned.

--Regina Edwards | www.EdwardsFamilyLaw.com | 770.854.0777

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: If a judge has already signed off on the child support what is the least amount on time they mother can go back formore

Father's job changed a month after judge signed child support when can mother go back for more and what constitutes as a substantial change in income ie $2.00/hr $5.00/hr more

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 9, 2019

There is no minimum time to go back; however $5.00 per hour is not going to result in a large increase so it may not be worth it. Once a modification is filed and an order entered, then there is a 2 year window before going back, so it's best to wait until a substantial increase can be proven.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can a 14 in Georgia runaway and live with another if they parent could be charged with abuse and possibly neglect?

Im 14 and Im trying to get out of the home but because Im not 16 or older i cant do anything. My friend and I are working up a case against her for child abuse and possibly neglect. I haven't looked up the second one all to much, however for the abuse case we have pictures of bruises and my brother... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 9, 2019

You need to speak with a counselor at your school about your situation. As a minor, you cannot just run away without parental permission.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: can I get my children back if my case was dismissed but refiled the same case immediately after dismissal?

My mother and ex husband had my children taken from my home on an emergency shelter order and the case was dismissed. They immediately refiled the case before I could get my children back. Does that mean they stay with them because they refiled the case or can I get my children because it was... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 9, 2019

You need to speak with an attorney who can review your orders and give you advice. We can't give advice based on what you posted without knowing the litigation history.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: Mediation next month and wife for months now has acted outside of judges orders in January at temporary custody hearing.

How does this help me that rather than supervised visits as judge stated in January she’s been giving her to me unsupervised now in recent months either out of guilt because it was never deserved but I followed orders or could she possibly be considering reconciliation because joint custody will... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 9, 2019

You need to consult with an attorney about your case. This one fact is one of many a judge can take into consideration in a final order, so no one can give you advice about what would happen without hearing everything that has happened.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What are the steps I can take to stay out of contempt of court when I have no money to pay for Lawyer filings?

I lost my job and can't pay $3K / mo. Alimony. The divorce was filed and judged w Dekalb County Superior court, GA. I now live in Portsmouth VA the X-wife live in Dekalb County.

How do I petition the court after a major reduction in income?

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 6, 2019

You have to prove that you have exhausted all resources in order to avoid a contempt filing. That means selling cars, assets, taking a loan on a home, car. etc. to pay the alimony. If your alimony was non modifiable, then it can't be changed. You should consult with an attorney about your... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: My husband bought a home while we were married 25 years moved to Michigan to work 4 years ago an I entitled to the home

He pays all the bills but we no longer can be married he has an apartment up there I just want the home he has a good job and good money I have no income he has supported me but I no longer want this marriage

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 6, 2019

In a Georgia divorce, a house purchased during the marriage is marital property.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: My ex wife is blocking phone calls and monthly and holiday parenting time with my kids. Per my parenting plan I have

daily phone\video chat access. What steps can I do? The parenting plan from GA. Mom and kids live in FL for over a year.

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 6, 2019

You need to consult with an attorney about filing for contempt in Georgia.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: Even though I was married in Tn but now live in ga can I do the divorce here instead?

We were married in Tennessee but my son and I reside in Georgia. Do I have to get the divorce paperwork from gallatin, tn?

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 5, 2019

If you and your son have lived in Georgia for at least 6 months, you can file for divorce in Georgia.

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Q: Can I do the paperwork for my divorce in Tennessee while living in Georgia without having to go there ?

My husband and I got married while we were living in Gallatin, Tennessee in 2014. We have been separated since 2017. We have a son together but he doesn't even try to reach us. I need a divorce cheap because I'm disabled. Please give advice on fastest way to have this done.

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 4, 2019

If your son lives with you in Georgia, you have to file for divorce in Georgia. You can go to the Family Law information center in Fulton County to get advice on a divorce without attorney help. https://www.fultoncourt.org/family/family-flic.php

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: If I am filing for an uncontested divorce and my husband still lives in the house, do I have to split my belongings?

We were married in New Jersey in 1999 and we were split for the past 5 years since 2014. He most recently came to stay with me because he fell on hard times and he's not working as of right now.

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Oct 31, 2019

Uncontested means you and he already have agreed to everything. So, presumably you wouldn't be agreeing to give him items you feel are yours. If you don't agree on everything, then a contested case can be filed, and the judge will decide who gets what if you can't agree on your own.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: I have a support hearing for a child I was told was privately adopted.

I allowed my sister in law to "adopt" my baby straight from the hospital. For 4 years I was told she had adopted her privately. I just received a summons for a child support hearing and they're pursuing child support, accidental and medical coverage for the child.

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Oct 31, 2019

You need to consult with an attorney about your specific situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Do I have the legal right to go get my son.

I'm the non custodial and ex husband is the custodial I just found out my son is leaving with a friend's family From school for 2 months the father is not in the home with our child. He hasn't returned any calls. I called cps and the police to do welfare check. My son is ok ( out of their mouths)... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Oct 31, 2019

You do not have the legal right to just go get him. You could be arrested for that. You need to contact an attorney about filing for a modification.

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