Questions Answered by Regina Irene Edwards

Q: My son is 15 and wants to live with me. Can he sign an ex parte if he is currently being treated for suicidal thoughts?

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 29, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
There is not enough information for anyone to answer this. The question was posted from Louisiana, so there may be jurisdiction concerns. We also don't know if there is a custody order in place or where that is. The fact that your ex is not the biological father may or may not be relevant. Generally, if there is a court order in one state, and one of the parties still lives there, that is where any new litigation has to be.

Q: I signed a paternity acknowledgment In GA and later discovered through dna testing that I am not the father. options?

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 29, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
You will need to hire an attorney to navigate this. Once paternity is established, it may or may not be able to be undone. Each case is different and this is not something you can do on your own.

Q: What steps to take,my husband(soul provider & only income) gets me & our kids evicted,then leaves the home with mone

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 28, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
You need to file for divorce and ask for emergency financial support. You may or may not be able to delay the eviction. You will need to talk to a landlord tenant attorney about that.

Q: Am I going to get paid even when my kids are in school? If I modify, is it going to change the age of majority?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 28, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
Your question is unanswerable as written. If you mean college when you refer to "school," if your current order does not allow child support after 18. That cannot be changed in Georgia. Also, as you haven't stated where the other party lives, you may not be able to modify in Georgia in any event.

Q: I’ve been on child support 2yrs now, do I get to claim one of my kids for taxes?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 25, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
No, you cannot claim either. The IRS only allows the custodial parent to claim the children.

Q: Permanent guardianship was given to my ex's aunt when she lost parental rights in Juvenile Ct/DFACS. Can I get my 16y/o?

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 23, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
The only answer is maybe. Talk to an attorney who can review all of the court order and listen to your history and give you advice.

Q: Divorce and adultery. My husband and I have been separated for almost a year not legally separated.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Child Custody for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 22, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
You won't go to jail. However, you do need to talk to an attorney about your options.

Q: What form do I need and where can I download that the court ask me to complete : an amended Complaint for Divorce

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 22, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
There is no such form. As you haven't said what you need to amend, no one can tell you what to do. You need to talk with an attorney.

Q: I have a signed voluntary acknowledgment of legitimization, what steps do I take to file for visitation or custody?

3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 19, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
Kim is correct. No one can give you a tutorial on how to file for custody. When your car breaks down, most people don't ask for advice on how to fix it, they take it to a mechanic. The law is the same way. You need to hire an attorney if you want to file for custody.

Q: Can I legally move out and take my biological daughter with me (keeping same state/school) if my wife wont move too?

3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 19, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
My colleagues are correct. Even though you have a legal right to leave and take your child, it could backfire quickly and spectacularly. Talk to an attorney about your options before you do anything.

Q: In the state of Georgia , how long do you have to pay child support if your child has special needs?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 17, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
The order should state that child support ends at age 20 if the child is still in high school.

Q: How do I move out at 16 in Georgia

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 16, 2019

Q: Can stepparent adopt my child if I am not legitimized and haven't paid child support but have maintained regular contact

4 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 16, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
The short answer, is yes, the adoption can be granted. 10 years of not paying any support could be considered abandonment. You need to hire an attorney in order to have an chance.

Q: My child support order states my ex will receive a $200 travel deviation unless she moves back to GA. If she moved

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 14, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
You are asking for specific advice about an order that we haven't seen that you yourself say is vague. The only way to get advice about this issue is to go see a family law attorney, and have them review your order and give you advice.

Q: We are separated after 22 yrs. Not legally. He left the home. Is everything considered mine once he abandon them?

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 14, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
You need to consult with a family law attorney about your specific case. It is possible that you will receive spousal support, but every case is different and the attorney needs to hear all of the background before giving you advice.

Q: Mother here, unwed. He is on birth certificate but not legetamized. By Ga law I have custody but how can I show proof?

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 10, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
You can show them this - https://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2017/title-19/chapter-7/article-2/section-19-7-25/

Q: We had an original joint custody agreement with our children but I now have them can he change it

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 10, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
Yes, he can go back to the original order. That is the only thing that is binding.

Q: My husband was awarded physical custody of his son. The mother gets him every other weekend. She lived in SC, so she

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 7, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
You probably should do nothing. The travel deviation probably isn't enough to spend thousands in attorneys fees arguing over a few dollars in child support. He got custody, which was the most important thing, so sometimes it's best to leave well enough alone.

Q: A superior court judge gave my 13 yr old child's father temporary custody because she goes to public school online.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Georgia on
Answered on Jan 7, 2019
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
There is no such thing as a public defender for a family law case. If you want an attorney, you will have to fire one. If you had an issue with service, that should have been addressed formally with the court via a pleading. There may be some unfairness with what happened, but you will need an attorney to help clean up the filings, possible object to his attorney's conflict of interest if he represented you before and argue that you are allowed to make education decisions without the...

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