Atlanta, GA asked in Family Law for Georgia

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
Regina Irene Edwards
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  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: 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 options.

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
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  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: I agree with my colleague, you will need to prove you have exhausted all resources. You should consult with an attorney who can provide you with proper guidance on this issue. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558 HomerJordan.com

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman
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  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: If the alimony is modifiable, you will need to file a petition to modify the alimony obligation. You will need to show that you have had a material change in circumstances with your income and show where you have tried to replace the lost income.

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