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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: I want to contest an adoption. I have been looking for representation for a long time.

What are the parameters of informed decision for placing an infant for adoption in the state of Georgia?

ie. I was never informed that the P.A.C.A. did not have to be included in the finalization paperwork. Or that 60 days after the TPR paperwork was signed I could make an appeal to annul... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Apr 5, 2021

You should consult with an adoption attorney who can review the facts of your case in detail and present you with any options that you have (if any at this point). That would be the best place to start.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What are the parameters of an informed decision for placing an infant for adoption in the state of Georgia?

ie. I was never informed that the P.A.C.A. did not have to be included in the finalization paperwork. Or that 60 days after the TPR paperwork was signed I could make an appeal to annul the adoption even after the revocation period (If I’m not mistaking). What is considered coercion?

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Apr 2, 2021

It would be wise for you to consult with an attorney who can review the facts of your case in detail and present you with the options. It’s difficult to provide you with guidance off of the information provided here.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Is there a way you can get a foster child back after one parent failed a drug test for Marijuana

Im Fictive kin of my grandchild we custody of him due to his mom having severe brain damage, And we're waiting on the father to get legitimized. my husband failed a drug test for weed

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 7, 2021

That will depend on the totality of the circumstances. Unfortunately, there is no automatic right to foster a child while the child is in the care of the state due to a dependency action.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Georgia on
Q: What happens of my wife is trying to adopt a child during our divorce? Can she adopt without my consent?

We are currently separated, will I be responsible for the child

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jan 31, 2021

She does not need your consent to divorce. If you do not adopt the child, it will not be your responsibility. Make sure you represented in the divorce so the paperwork is clear.

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: I want to get full custody of my 4 year old niece who lost her mom last year. My brother brought her to me last March.

I have cared for her ever since. I have been taking care of her for almost a year and would like to make this a more permanent situation. As of late my brother and eye have not been seeing eye to eye. He got upset with me over money. And now he continues to threaten to pull her out of school and... Read more »

V. Joy Edwards
V. Joy Edwards answered on Jan 24, 2021

I'm sorry to hear you are going through such a tough situation with your brother and niece. As an aunt who currently has physical custody, you have the right to ask the court for custody. It is important that we move quickly to get this done. We would be happy to help with getting you custody.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Legal Malpractice for Georgia on
Q: What can we do about misrepresentation or omission of information?

The lawyer said things to the adoptive parents the day of our daughter’s birth that neither one of us said, nor told her to say. We weren’t aware of the worst possible outcomes in adoption either. If we had a clue that it would be like this we would’ve never done it. How is this legal? How... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Jan 21, 2021

Was this your lawyer or the lawyer for the other person? What was written out in the papers that were signed? You may want to consult with an attorney who can review the facts of the case in detail and present you with any options you may have.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on
Q: I have joint custody of my grandchildren with another person. I am going to adopt the children. Will I have sole custo

Will I have sole custody?

V. Joy Edwards
V. Joy Edwards answered on Jan 12, 2021

If you are adopting the children you should have sole custody at the end of the adoption. Adoptions, while very joyful, require particular attention to detail. We would love to assist you in your adoption journey. Please call us at 770-723-7211 to schedule time to discuss your situation further.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: i live in georgia and i’m 17 and my guardian keeps hitting me and saying it’s legal is it ?
Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Jan 6, 2021

No, it’s not legal for people to hit you and it should be reported.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What can adoptive parents do if you email them expressing regret and grief? It’s a private “open adoption”.

I am the birth father. The adoptive parents knew they didn’t want a relationship with us, and didn’t let us know until after the adoption was finalized. It’s a nightmare come true.

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Dec 29, 2020

The terms of the adoption should have been clear in writing from the start. If you feel they are in violation you should consult with attorney right away who can review the facts of your case in detail and present you with the options.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Can a single mother adopt her child out if the absent father and even the family wants the child?

Mother of the child is unstable and doesn’t want her children. The father loves them dearly and wants them. Can the father get custody?

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Dec 15, 2020

The Father can file for custody and should do so immediately.

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

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: What forms do I need to file to petition the court for relinquishing my parental rights and to ask for adoption reversed
Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Dec 7, 2020

Duplicate question - Adoption issues are something that you usually can’t do on your own. It would be wise to at least consult with an attorney who can review the facts of the case in detail and present you with the options, as well as provide you with direction for the proper course of action to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Adoption and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: What forms do I need to file or how do I do a petition in Georgia to reverse a adoption
Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Dec 3, 2020

Adoption issues are something that you usually can’t do on your own. It would be wise to at least consult with an attorney who can review the facts of the case in detail and present you with the options, as well as provide you with direction for the proper course of action to take.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on
Q: Me and husband want to adopt his 16 yr old brother both parents are living how can we do that and is it possible

What are the steps that will have to be taken ?

V. Joy Edwards
V. Joy Edwards answered on Nov 23, 2020

Are the parents consenting to the adoption? The steps to be taken will be dependent on whether or not the biological parents consent. Feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss the specifics of your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: If my grandmother has custody of me and my mom won't let me go back to her what should I do?

My grandmother got custody of me when I was 7 months and (I'm 16 now). I've lived with my mom for the past three years and she always tells me I'm not going anywhere and that I can't go back and live with my grandma. I don't like being with my mom. I always hide my feelings... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Nov 18, 2020

If your grandmother has full legal custody of you then she can take action to have you go live with her. Have her consult with an attorney or call the police.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Need a pro bono lawyer to represent me be on my side with a guardianship case. Plus visitation. 706 716 4208

Ex got guardianship I'm the mom trying to fight for justice to be apart of her life an get guardianship visitation.

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Nov 1, 2020

If you are unable to afford an attorney, your local legal aid office may be able to assist you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Q: Is a birth plan a legal document?
Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Sep 4, 2020

In most cases they are not legal documents, they merely lay out the guidelines or plans that someone intends to follow. If you would like to make a birth plan a legal document, it would be a good idea to have an attorney help with drafting it. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: I am 16 in two months. Will I have to wait until 16 to file for emancipation, or can I file now and be approved later?

From everything I researched the process can take 4-6 months, and I need to be out of their guardianship asap. I haven't been staying with them for the past 2 weeks, and I've been kicked out twice. I have lots of witnesses of physical abuse, and I can prove I'm mentally, financially,... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Sep 4, 2020

You do not have to wait to file the Petition for Emancipation. It may be best to contact an attorney who can assist you with the specifics of your case.

We wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, LLC. (770) 240-0922.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Q: Hello I'm trying to get my daughter's last name changed to my husband's last name

My daughter has my last name her biological father never signed the birth certificate however we did go to court for child support and for him to have visitation rights, with him not signing the birth certificate would I need his permission to have her name hyphenated? (She'll be 11 this year)

V. Joy Edwards
V. Joy Edwards answered on Sep 2, 2020

Yes

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law, Animal / Dog Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: In the state of Georgia, if someone gifts you a pet (cat), when/how does it become legally yours? Gifter wants it back

Given a cat for Christmas almost 4 years ago cat was adopted in GA but person who adopted her from the shelter was an Alabama resident. He adopted her (official papers) and unofficially gave her to me as a Christmas gift, Times have changed and he wants the cat back. I have receipts where I’ve... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Aug 26, 2020

Going off of the facts that you have provided, it sounds as though the cat is yours. I would recommend holding on to the receipts for care that you mention, just in case he wanted to take this to court to try and get the cat back. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Adoption and Appeals / Appellate Law for Georgia on
Q: My ceillling is leaking sewer water an the hotel want move me or fix issues its making me ill my asthma is awful
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 18, 2020

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. This is not an appellate law matter; it is a health matter that needs timely attention. Have them move you or repair the problem if those are the immediately available options. You could sort other issues out after... Read more »

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