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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Immigration Law for Georgia on
Q: Should I write a notarized letter for my ex stating he’s paid child support even though it’s been late and not in full?

My ex husband is trying to get citizenship for his wife but he’s stating he needs a notarized letter from me stating he’s paid since 2003. He’s court ordered to pay but it does not come out his checks. I wrote a letter stating he’s paid but it’s not always on time or for the full amount... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Dec 19, 2019

No, you should not write this letter, as it would be false.

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

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: If I need to leave my home for my own safety, is it legally okay to move some money out of a joint bank account?

My husband has long been verbally abusive and gets very angry at times. He’s never been physically violent toward me but has been escalating with slamming and breaking things around the house. I’m not ready to leave or file for divorce yet but I’m afraid there may come a time when I need to... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Dec 19, 2019

You should consult with an attorney about your options. Generally it is ok to take some money from a joint account - no more than half.

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

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Georgia on
Q: After filing answer to divorce, what comes next? Its been filed a week ago and still nothing from his lawyer.

I dont have a lawyer and im lost in this process. He has already taken temporary custody of our son even though hes 12 and signed affidavit to live with me.

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Dec 17, 2019

There isn't a short answer to your question. You need to consult an attorney who can review the court documents, hear your story and give you advice.

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

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Do I have to get concent from the other parent to change my child's name, if his rights were taken away?

My divorce was final 4 years ago after my ex husbands arrest. In my divorce decree shows his rights were taken away and no contact put in order. he was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison. I did not want my last name different than my daughter's, now she is 13 and would like to have my... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Dec 11, 2019

You can petition the court for a name change, without his consent.

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3 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: My child will not be 18 until end of april 2020. Do I have to wait to file for divorce w/o minor child til then?

Husband has not supported her for 5 yrs and I'm not seeking child support but ready for divorce

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Dec 3, 2019

Child support cannot be waived. You can file for divorce now if you wish.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: can the mother leave the state during a pending legitmation case?
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 29, 2019

It depends. If she hasn't been served, yes. If it's just temporary, yes. If there isn't a standing order, yes. If there isn't a parenting plan in place that she would be in violation of, yes. You need to consult with an attorney who can review your case and give you advice.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: How can I get my ex to pay court ordered child support now that he is not required through child support services in GA?

My ex husband was ordered to pay child support but disappeared for over 15 years. I was able to locate him in 2017 and went to child support services. They found him and I began to receive payments monthly on a debit card. Monthly payments continued for a short time, until my youngest son... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 25, 2019

You can hire a private attorney to pursue the arrears.

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: I signed my divorce decree with a quit claim deed of my house to my ex-wife.

The quit claim deed was signed in October 2017 and in the divorce decree my ex had 6 months to obtain the mortgage in her name alone and she failed to do so (she was living in the house and moved out during that time as well). She contacted me in October 2019 claiming that she is the legal owner of... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 22, 2019

This is a question that is very specific and depends on what your divorce decree says. You need to consult with an attorney who can read the decree and give you advice.

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: I will have a warrant as of 6pm tomorrow by a judge for no paying my ex wife 1500$ in two days can i be bonded out?
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 22, 2019

No one can answer this question without seeing court orders. If the court feel that you can pay and you have not, you may not be able to get out of jail. You need to exhaust all resources to pay the amount owed. Title pawn, bank loan, sell items on ebay, ask friends and family for money - you... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Can we leave our 15 year old with his sister for a week while we are out of the country. She will just have turned 18.

The grandparents have been contentious because they don't agree with my remarriage and move after their son died. I don't trust them but we would like to have our daughter practice responsibility and there are lots of great adult friends nearby. I am afraid with this and his normal high school boy... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 21, 2019

Putting the law aside, this doesn't sound like a good idea at all. Period. Get a babysitter.

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4 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: My son is 16 , he wants to live with his mother. I have full custody of him. Can i still take him from his mother?

She is blackmailing me saying if i try take him from her she will put me in jail. But i have custody and she has nothing.

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 19, 2019

If you have custody via a court order, you can't go to jail for enforcing the current order.

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Georgia on
Q: How do I file additional complaints to a petition of contempt of divorce order? How do I file supporting evidence?
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 19, 2019

Evidence isn't filed, just presented at a hearing. You need to consult with an attorney about your case so you are aware of correct procedure.

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4 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What form do I use to amend a child to an existing order?

Two kids are already on the legitimation paperwork. I had to wait until DNA confirmed the third child and now that it has, the judge told me to amend the third child in order to proceed with legitimating all three for the same order. I have looked all over for such a form and can not find one. I... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 18, 2019

There is no form to accomplish what you want. You should consult with an attorney about your case so they can help you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Can I still get child support from my child’s father?

My daughter is 4 mo old. Me and her father (never married) have just split up and while we were together I was a stay home mother. Im looking for a job , but am planning on taking him to court for Child support as he has little to nothing to do with her now. Can I still get child support if I do... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 16, 2019

You can get child support even if you have no income.

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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

Regina Irene Edwards
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?

Regina Irene Edwards
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
Regina Irene Edwards
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?

Regina Irene Edwards
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.

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