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0 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Don’t want child support just for him to get the kids

I work 40 hours a week had to get my supervisor to let me come in later so that I can take my kids to daycare and school I also pick them up after work and I do all the duties myself if they need any thing their father does provide but he rarely gets them and I’m exhausted and feel that he should... View More

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Q: Summer vacation child support question

I am a single parent, and divorced 4 years ago ,

All our grandparents are abroad (me and my ex)... this July summer break we split the kids for two weeks

I would like to take my kids to be with with the grandparents and family for two weeks.

My ex is OK with that.... View More

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Q: Legitimation: I wasn’t married to the mother, so in the FA of the Father under “Assets” what should I list for claim?

I wasn’t married to my daughters’ mother, so should I complete the Assets section of the Financial Affidavit of the Father? Also, any item that I would list is my property, so what should I declare is the basis of the claim? Thanks!

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Apr 16, 2024

If you're filing an action to legitimize it would be best to hire an attorney to represent you. The matter is much more complex than even filling out the financial affidavit. In response to your question, I'm not sure what not being married to the mother has to do with the assets... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Can I terminate parental rights of my ex-husband who has not paid child support and over a year?

I have sole legal custody and physical custody of my children. my ex-husband is not allowed to contact us and I have a restraining order. Can I terminate parental rights? he also has not paid child support and over a year due to being incarcerated on domestic violence charges against me. What can I... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Mar 26, 2024

Well it sounds like your ex-husband was abusive to you and a terrible spouse, I am not seeing why a court would at this point terminate his parental rights. By your own account he's not permitted to contact you. Does this extend your child? What rights can he presently exercise while he is in... View More

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Q: I live in Georgia, is someone still responsible for their child support if they sign over their rights to the child
Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Mar 21, 2024

Yes. Giving up your parental rights will not relieve you of your obligation to financially support your minor child.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Hi my child is in dfcs care and is about to be back in my care. Can a man that thinks she is get a paternity test done

Through dfcs without my knowledge?

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Mar 13, 2024

A potential father can take a mother to court on an action to legitimize and the court can order a paternity test. If he is determined to be the biological father the court may award him some form of custody & visitation.

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Q: seeking family law attorney. Is it common to receive a surprise notice to appear in court for child support ?

the notice to appear in court was sent within less than a 7 day week notice.

We have been trying to locate my grandson, since the mother cut off communication.

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Mar 21, 2024

The court can schedule a hearing and serve upon you a notice to appear. As long as it is properly served, the time within which they schedule the hearing is irrelevant. You can always ask for a continuance to hire an attorney if you have not had time to prepare your case. And it's very... View More

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Q: How can I notify the IRS that the non-custodial parent has an outstanding support obligation in the state of GA?

The non-custodial parent has never made a payment for child support, that was court ordered in 2016. He is over $28,000 in arrears (according to DFCS case portal) but they won't enforce saying I have to re-file as a "Full" case.

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Feb 19, 2024

I wold advise you to hire an attorney and file for contempt. An attorney can assist you in obtaining a judgment and in post-judgment collections to collect on that judgment.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Can i take him back to court for child support?

When my ex and i divorced we agreed, no child support. Now, I want to take him back. Since our divorced my pay increased 4k and his decreased 2k. We shared 50/50 custody and now our incomes are almost the same. Maybe off by 300 a month. Would it be a waste of my time to take him back to court?

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Mar 2, 2024

No one can tell you what the child support would be without any financial documents. Child support can be modified every two years without a material change in circumstances. If you think there could be an increase, you could hire an attorney and take the father back to court.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Hello - I have a letter enforcing an Income withholding order. I haven’t been late once and there’s a live court order.

I received a notification that the Georgia Department of Human Services notified my employer to begin enforcing an Income Withholding Order. Our court order states “both parties agree an IWO isn’t necessary at this time”… is this legal to enforce? I’m not late and pay each month on time.... View More

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Feb 6, 2024

Child support enforcement is now involved in collecting your child support for whatever reason. You can contact the Division of Child Support Services and inquire as to why an Income Deduction Order was signed. But if a judge signed the Order, your employer is likely to enforce it and begin the... View More

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Q: Hello - I have a letter enforcing an Income withholding order. I haven’t been late once and there’s a live court order.

I received a notification that the Georgia Department of Human Services notified my employer to begin enforcing an Income Withholding Order. Our court order states “both parties agree an IWO isn’t necessary at this time”… is this legal to enforce? I’m not late and pay each month on time.... View More

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Feb 19, 2024

"At this time" means at the time your child support addendum was drafted. It doesn't mean that at a later date an Income Deduction Order cannot be established. So yes, they can establish one now, and your employer will enforce if when it's sent to them.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: what can i do about child support making mistakes that cost me my license and 40,000 in debt I'm not responsible but for

i was incarcerated in another county when my court date came up for determining the amount i would pay but none came and took me to court and they just put some number down that was incredibly higher than made or ever made and then wouldn't even look at it for another almost 3 yrs ...

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Feb 6, 2024

For the last 3 years the court expected you to pay the child support ordered. Two years after the order you could have filed for a modification. But a court is likely going to enforce the arrears balance for support that has accrued and not been paid. You can hire an attorney to try and... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What do I need to do to make my son who is now 15 living with me legal?

I don't want to pay child support if he's living with me she won't agree to that

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 16, 2024

If there is a court order giving the mother primary physical custody and you paying child support, you should file for a modification. If you were never married and never legitimized, the only way to get a child support order dismissed is for you to file for legitimation, and ask the Court for... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What do I need to do to make my son who is now 15 living with me legal?

I don't want to pay child support if he's living with me she won't agree to that

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 8, 2024

If you have a child support order in your name and the child now lives with you, I would hire an attorney to file for a modification of custody, and ask for a temporary hearing, for the court to award you temporary physical custody. The mother may come and get the child back once she is served.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Are child abandonment warrants only for fathers on child support?
Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 2, 2024

The father does not have to have an order to pay support to file for child abandonment. Prior to having a court order, there is still a duty to pay support. And no, child abandonment actions can be for either parent. If the father has the child and the mother is not spending time with the child... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: How to serve a defendant if defendant refuses to provide address
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answered on Jan 1, 2024

If you're trying to serve a defendant who refuses to provide their address, you may need to employ alternative methods of service as allowed by Georgia law. First, consider hiring a professional process server, as they have experience and resources to locate individuals for service of legal... View More

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Q: can you file a contempt for child support and child abandonment warrant together?

can you ask the judge to order the maximum sentence of 12 months in jail? how do you request anger management and family counseling for the noncustodial parent during the hearing process?

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 2, 2024

If you have a court order for someone to pay child support, and it is not being paid in accordance with the order, then you can file a contempt action. If you don't have a court order and the other parent is not spending time with the child or providing any financial assistance, you can file... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Ive lived in GA for 4 years with my son(7) dad in NJ do I file in GA for sole custody, Dad has nvr met child but pays CS

Child born in NJ when we resided there moved when child was 2. Dad has never met or tried to meet child pays child support occasionally. Now in GA but never transferred CS order but would like to apply for sole custody as child has special needs and I want to get a trust set up.

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 2, 2024

If you're the mother and the father has never legitimized, you already have sole physical and legal custody under GA law. Therefore, you wouldn't file for something you already have. If the father now wants to file for sole custody, he should file in the county where the mother lives... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Why wasn’t I allowed to prove my innocence in child support court ?
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answered on Dec 21, 2023

If you were not allowed to prove your innocence in child support court in Georgia, it is crucial to review any court orders or notices you received and consult with a family law attorney. Assess the specifics of your case, and guide you on potential legal actions. If you believe there was a... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: My girlfriend (20) is 5 months pregnant and her mom has cut off all contact & is saying she’ll get me for harassment

I’m 23, once we told her mom they wanted to speak to her face to face, and she blocked me off my girlfriend social media accounts and every other way of contacting her. Is that illegal for her to keep me away from my girlfriend & unborn child if my girlfriend is an adult? How would I get... View More

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answered on Dec 12, 2023

No, it's not illegal. If your girlfriend wants contact with you, she will find a way.

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