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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: I filed a family violence ex parte protective order and had my abusive boyfriend removed from my home.

We have a court hearing next week to get it extended or for him to say why it shouldn’t be granted. What kind of things can I use as evidence to help me get the extension granted? I do have photos of damage inside my home and recordings of verbal abuse.

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Dec 1, 2020

You can present the photos and the recordings. When presenting the photos, you have to say "this is a true and accurate depiction of {whatever it is.} Same with recordings. If you are having a virtual hearing, it will be tricky. You may want to consult with an attorney.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: GA law-The extended family of a father who did not legitimize his child wish to have contact. What can we do?

Man and woman had a spring fling that resulted in pregnancy and a child. The man did not want the child and made that clear. The mother sued for paternity and child support, to which the father is now paying. However, he never filed for legitimacy and is not on the birth certificate. The child is... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 30, 2020

The father can legitimate. There is no one year rule. Legitimation can be done at any age of the child. The family members can't legitimate for him.

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3 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Georgia on
Q: Resident of Walton county, GA. Can I get a protective order against my boyfriend who lives in my house with our daughter

He is verbally abusive, mentally abusive, but has only pushed me once. He has been putting holes in walls and doors for years. Last night he slammed our Christmas tree on the ground in front of our 4 year old... is this an option so that he has to leave my house? He is escalating and my daughter is... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 30, 2020

You should apply for a TPO and take the pictures of the damage to the property. The judge may grant the order. If not, you need to speak to a landlord / tenant attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: Can a spouse use evidence against me in divorce court that he obtained from my password protected cell phone.

My lawyers dropped me mid case so I’m going to have to represent myself. Spouse refuses half of pension after 30 years marriage and has denied me access to joint money for over a year and 3 months prior to even serving me with divorce papers.

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 26, 2020

The answer to your question would require a lot more information in order to answer. You need to consult with a family law attorney who can review your case and answer your specific question.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Social Security for Georgia on
Q: Do you have to give half of your inheritance to your spouse if it was gifted to you from someone if your divorce
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 26, 2020

No, an inheritance remains separate property, as long as it is kept separate.

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: In an Uncontested Divorce what if the non-filing party doesn't show? (Georgia)

Hi,

I live in and filed in Gwinnett County Georgia. My to be ex-spouse doesn't want to show up for court since they live out of state. We filed an uncontested divorce with a separation agreement. If they don't show up, would that mean they only waive their right or would it mean... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 20, 2020

With an uncontested case, the other party doesn't have to appear in court.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: If I filed for a divorce in April of 2020 and stopped it in may of 2020 How lng d I have to wait before I can file again

Do I have to wait and be separated for a certain amount of months?

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 19, 2020

You can refile immediately.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: My husband and I are agreeing to get a divorce. We have no desire to use attorneys can we divorce on our own?

We have agreed mutually to get a divorce, we have no kids and do not have any desire to get attorneys involved. Are we able to file our own paperwork and make our own divorce settlement arrangement. We get along and have been able to list all of our assets and debts and are in agreement on how to... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 13, 2020

You can, but it doesn't always go well. You may miss some important issues that may hurt you later on. Uncontested divorces are not expensive. It is better to spend a little money to have it correctly done by an attorney to save yourself problems later.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Defacs called me saying I had a active child abuse case against me .. I did a video all and sent pic of house .

I heard nothing from them for 3 weeks now my kids come home from school telling me that defacs came to school . So icalled to find out what was going on .defacs told me I had to get my kids and go live somewhere else . What is my opinions

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 10, 2020

You need to speak with an attorney about your case. No one can give you specific advise about a DFCS case without knowing the full story and background.

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: Do we have to send in a final decree for the state of Georgia if the divorce is uncontested

Final decree

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 10, 2020

A Final Decree is required.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: If two parents are working separate case plans in georgia for dfcs and one finishes and one doesn't what happens

My son was taken from me his dad was in jail he's out now we are working caseplan with dfcs for our son I'm required to do six months of treatment or sober living his dad says they are telling him to rent a place to live so they can do the home evaluation and our son can go with him I was... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 10, 2020

You need to speak to an attorney about your specific case. No one can tell you what will happen or what could happen without reviewing your file and talking to you about your case.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: I have paid over $100,000 to my attorney and she just filed to withdraw mid-case because I owe her $15,000

She refuses to file for her fees to be paid by my ex under Fair PLaying Grounds. Can she and what do I do?

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 9, 2020

She is not required to seek fees from the other side. Under your contract, you likely are responsible for all fees.

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

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Is there a law in Georgia that states a divorced parent can't move out of state?
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 9, 2020

No, the law just requires notification 30 days prior. The other parent can file a case to try to stop the move.

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4 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: How can i file for emergency custody not in same state as child

Let state n child due to domestic violence. Father has in dangered myself n child and recently been locked up and has serveral open cases n current drug addict

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 9, 2020

You will need an attorney to accomplish this. The first step is to obtain several certified copies of the original custody order.

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: If the divorced father doesn't work will/can the courts consider/touch his new wife's income?
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 9, 2020

No, they will not consider the wife's income, but can assign an income to him.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: im 16 and want to live with my bf he is 20 and my parents call the cops on him will they take him even if it was my idea
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 2, 2020

Yes, it is a felony for your boyfriend to have you live with him.

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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.
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Oct 28, 2020

He's only obligated to pay support for his 1 child.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: My ex wife owes me 22000 in support for our 2 kids, now she wants to fight for custody because she can't pay, can she
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Oct 24, 2020

Yes, she can file for custody. The money will still be owed. You should immediately file a contempt action for the money that is owed.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Juvenile Law and Military Law for Georgia on
Q: I am 17 years old enlisted into the active army and will graduate in dec 2020 can i leave my moms home?

My DFCS case has been closed after almost 2.5 years. I enlisted in the army July 9th 9 days after my 17th birthday June 30, i am trying to leave home right when i grader Dec 18th 2020 legally and without any consequences due to my army contract !!

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Oct 23, 2020

You are are minor until age 18.

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