Lawrenceville, GA asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia

Q: How to request continuance for 7/14 divorce final? Atty dropped ball, then w/drew.Custody. New atty.7/14, but no prep.

Prev counsel issues. Huge mistakes. Custody battle. Dad filed emerg hearing, then not allowing Mom any visits, contempt. Moms atty never filed anything or req. f/up. Def-mom Confronted atty and atty withdrew. 4 days later hearing sched for TODAY 7/14 at 1!! Mom s/w new counsel, trying to gather $ to retain 7/14, am, but No counsel prep time, mom has to go to court alone to ask for continuance. Has documentation, needs help. How can i request continuance and do I have to go to court alone to do so or contact judge early AM on 7/14? And how? Via a letter? Email? Phone call? Scared. Dad still not allowing any contact with 7 yr old. Child is suffering. Alcoholic dad, mental and verbal abuse. Please….any advice greatly appreciated. 119 days since I’ve seen my baby. Can I ask based on absence of counsel as I can’t go to trial safely and need counsel retained to proceed? I fully expect counsel to be prepared at next term of court.

1 Lawyer Answer
Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: You cannot contact the court ahead of time. You can go to court and ask for a continuance for the reasons you stated. You should try to hire an attorney immediately so if the case is reset for a short time from now they can be fully prepared.

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