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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: I was married in GA when my son was born, but now divorced and want to confirm paternity. How can I do this?

My ex wife filed for divorce from me while I was incarcerated and won. I’ve always questioned his paternity based on her infidelity, but I know he needs a good dad. Now I’m remarried and my ex is making my life hell. She won’t allow me to see him, but receives child support. I don’t know... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 15, 2020

You can't force a DNA test outside of current litigation. You may file for legitimation and ask for a DNA test in the court of the custody proceedings.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Can I deduct the medical costs the custodial parent owes me (non-custodial parent) from the next months child support?

I pay $300/month in child support and I'm responsible for making sure he has insurance, which he does. While in my care, my son needed to go to the dr and we split all uninsured medical costs in half. Can I take the amount the custodial parent owes me out of the next months child support? For... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 15, 2020

No. You must pay the child support and collect the expenses separately.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: What can I do to legally move out at the age of 17?

Im trying to move out due to personal reasons, and in pretty sure u can move out at 17 but idk what all i have to do

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 15, 2020

Nothing. You are a minor until 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can my rights be terminated if I have completed my case plan. I am the child's mother
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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 15, 2020

Your case has an entire history that led to DFCS involvement and a safety plan. You need to speak to an attorney that can review all of the documents, evidence and hear your story before giving advice about a case in progress.

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Can the child support office take assets/money from a business such as a LLC, etc?

Does business profit count towards an the income for the NCP?

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 14, 2020

The child support office will not make the effort to get into business income and expenses. A private attorney is better to help get the correct amount of child support if there is a business involved. If a parent owns a business and provides tax returns that show 40k in income, even if they live... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: If my wife owns our house that I built, can she demand me to leave if she wants?

She also provides the health insurance. Can she terminate me on her policy if she decides to?

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 14, 2020

The home is a marital home, so she cannot force you to leave. Prior to filing for divorce, she can terminate you from the insurance policy. If you file for divorce, that will prevent her from terminating the insurance until the divorce is final.

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4 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Can a husband legally come and take the children from the mother if he hasn’t been there in 7 months

My daughter kicked her husband out of the home back in December due to violence I’m the sole care taker of my daughter and kids this man does not pay support or help with any thing these children he drinks and does drugs doesn’t have a home or job he calls her daily making threats he will have... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 13, 2020

Yes. When the parties are married, they both have equal rights to the children. A divorce needs to be filed in order for a court to intervene in parenting time.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: My sister is moving out of state in few days. She has a 16 yr. Old who is living with me but I don't have custody.

My niece been living with me for 3mo. Her mom just told us she now is moving 5 states away in 2 days. But her 16 yr. Old isn't going with her. What will happen?

Can I sign for her Drs. And school stuff?

Will they get her mom for abandonment?

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

Your sister and the child's father need to sign guardianship or custody paperwork with you.

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: I'm paying child support when my daughter turns 17 she lives in Georgia can her child support benefits be put in her nam
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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 10, 2020

No. Child support is paid to the custodial parent.

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3 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: What can I do legally when the child support enforcement fails to in force my out of state order?

Child support In SC states beyond suspending the NCP license that’s all their doing in COVID 19. The director of child support in ga states she will not put a lien on his accounts, they only look at them. The arrears is almost 10,000. The NCP is an Over the Road truck driver. Also this is a... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 8, 2020

You can hire a private attorney to enforce the order.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: I am 17 I want to live in a stable home with my bf’s parents My abusive dad doesn’t agree am I allowed to leave?

They live out of state and both have very good jobs and a well taken care of family and they have room for me and have asked me to join them

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 7, 2020

Your boyfriend's parents need to contact an attorney to help you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: CHILD SUPPORT MODIFICATION IN GA

My ex wife and I were divorced two years ago. We have a 6 year old daughter, who we have share custody of (equal time). However, the courts labeled her as primary physical parent. I recently remarried and had a son and a step daughter, plus a wife whom doesnt work. I pay 350.00 a month in child... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jun 27, 2020

$350 is such a low amount that it likely would not be worth it to try to file to lower it.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: If primary custodian doesnt keep kids for 2weeksand instead they stayed with me and my family Do I still pay child supp?

The primary custodian is the children’s mother. She has not kept them in two weeks I pay my child support every two weeks. They have been staying with me and my family during these two weeks they have been to her house two days and I’m being generous. Do I still need to pay child support even... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jun 26, 2020

Yes, you have to pay child support.

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3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: If a father is on the birth certificate but the mother will not let him see the child, what does he need to do?

They also want to do DNA to make sure the child is his.

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jun 24, 2020

The father has to file for legitimation. He has no rights at all until he does so.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What motion do you file to change the jurisdiction of a custody case?

My husband's ex moved his child to South Carolina from Georgia 6 months ago. The original order was filed in Georgia. He wants to modify visitation but isn't sure if or how to transfer the jurisdiction of the case to South Carolina. What is the motion called that he'd have to file to... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jun 22, 2020

The case must be filed in Georgia. Georgia is the only state that has jurisdiction over the case. A Georgia judge may have the option to terminate its own jurisdiction and allow a case to be filed in South Carolina, but that is unlikely after only 6 months.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Daughter separated from husband she lives in GA, he lives in Fla. They have a son. He took the child to fla? Help

He said he filed for custody (this just happened june 17) and is refusing to bring him back. He will not even tell her where her son is, and he living with his new girlfriend. My daughter and him are not divorced. She has been in ga with the son for 8 months

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jun 22, 2020

She needs to file for divorce in Georgia immediately and ask for an emergency hearing.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Can a step father kick a 17 yr old out of the house in Georgia?

The mother, step-father and 17 yr old got into an argument over child not cleaning his room. Step father told him to get the f... out.

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jun 20, 2020

No.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: What type of attorney does she need?

I have an elderly friend who has full custody of her great grandson. She is wanting to have paperwork stating who the child should be appointed to in case of her death. She wants to appoint a non family member. Is that possible?

How can you not have a say in where the child should go.... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jun 15, 2020

It's not possible to designate who will take care of a child after a guardian's death. That is not binding. Whoever wants custody at that time will have to file something.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Internet Law for Georgia on
Q: As the primary custodial parent, can I order my ex’s wife to not post pictures of my children on her social media?

My ex recently remarried and his new wife posts pictures of my kids on her social media and I am uncomfortable with that. We have shared custody but I have primary custody as they are with him less than a quarter of the days of the year. Am I legally justified to ask her to refrain from posting... Read more »

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Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jun 15, 2020

You can ask her, but she doesn't have to agree. Unless there is a provision in your divorce decree regarding social media, either one of you can post whatever you like.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Leaving with my child to another state

I know that there could be legal issues if I take my child out of Puerto Rico without the fathers consent BUT, what if I did not live in Puerto Rico at the time of birth . Let’s say I have a baby in Georgia and then I move to Puerto Rico with the child father where he has always resided and then... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jun 14, 2020

In Georgia, an unmarried mother has all rights to custody, so you can move as you wish. If Puerto Rico is your destination, then you should consult an attorney there to figure out if those rights would be affected by moving there.

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