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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Am I required to pay for my answer and counterclaim to be filed with the clerk if the petitioner has a lawyer

I have no legal representation

Narissa Juitt-Jackson
Narissa Juitt-Jackson answered on Nov 22, 2021

If you file your Answer and Counterclaim in person then you do not have to pay any fees. If you file your Answer and Counterclaim via PeachCourt or E-File Georgia you will have to pay processing fees once to use the portal and no additional fees after that.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Will adjudicated arrears accrue interest if a payment plan was created in a modification settlement agreement?

child support arrears were included in a modification settlement agreement and included a payment plan toward the balance. Will the principal amount accrue interest if there is a payment agreement?

Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on Nov 19, 2021

THAT WOULD DEPEND ON WHETHER THE AGREEMENT PROVIDED FOR INTEREST TO ACCRUE. HOPEFULLY, YOU USED AN ATTORNEY THROUGH THIS PROCESS SO THAT THE NECESSARY LANGUAGE FOR THIS WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE AGREEMENT. IF SO, YOU SHOULD SPEAK WITH THE ATTORNEY WHO CAN REVIEW THE AGREEMENT WITH YOU TO DETERMINE... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: What is the importance of a Guardian ad litem? Why should their field stay around?
Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Nov 15, 2021

You can read information here about what the purpose of a Guardian ad Litem is: https://oca.georgia.gov/training/guardian-ad-litem-juvenile-court-dependency-proceedings

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: who gets child support if grandmother has temporary custody but she lives with me

my daughter lived with my mom age 2-14 but lives with me an has since last year july 2020. her dad pays child support but we dont get it. they keep giving it to her and she dont even speak to my child anymore at all.

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Nov 15, 2021

If there is a current order of support which shows that your mother has custody, you will need to modify that order so that you have custody and are then entitled to receive the support.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: I have my son 60% of the time, my ex has him 40%. We were never married. Hes 7 and we have never been to a court and no

Child support has ever been given. My question is if my sons father goes to court, can he get full custody? Also what steps should I be taking in a situation like this for precautions? I’m not even sure who technically has custody as of right now. Him or I.

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Nov 5, 2021

If there is no court order, you have custody of your child. However, it seems that you have been sharing parenting time with his dad, which is a good thing. A court determines what's in the child's best interest regarding custody. If you have your son more now and the schedule is... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Georgia on
Q: In the state of Georgia, does the husband get better treatment if the wife files for divorce?

My estranged husband stated I should be the one to file divorce even though I didn't want a divorce, because if he files I'd be entitled to more support from him or something. Is this true?

Narissa Juitt-Jackson
Narissa Juitt-Jackson answered on Nov 2, 2021

It does not make a difference who files first in the divorce action, it does not mean one party will have preferential treatment over the other party.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: My ex & his attorney claimed my evidence was useless, what can I do?

I filed a petition to change child custody (my ex has primary, I want 50/50 as circumstances have changed). I provided text message screenshots between the two of us that clearly backed up the claims I was making; however, he and his attorney filed a response that said all the screenshots were... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Oct 15, 2021

Don't worry about the lawyer says. First, anything you add to the petition isn't considered evidence. In court, you present the evidence to the judge. But send clear copies of your evidence to the attorney ahead of time. Let the judge decide if your evidence is usable or not. But you... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: I am needing help with my legitimation case as well as child support case. Both Open cases. Self representing.

I filed for Legitimation and 4 days later child support filed an case. so right now i am currently trying to get them decided on one case instead of two cases but i do not have an child support order already. My question is if we (both parents) have agreed to Joint Physical and Joint Legal Custody... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Sep 30, 2021

If you think your child is in harm or danger, then you shouldn't be ok with joint custody. Presenting a custody case is more than just giving the judge a parenting plan, but more about proving why that is in your child's best interest. Speak to an attorney in your area about your options.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Are all children considered when an amount for child support is decided or just the child in the case?

I have 6 children. I'm on child support for only one of them due to the mother lying to me about closing the case before the court date. I provide for all children and with this one child support case it's taking away from me providing for my other children as I used to. Does the fact... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Sep 20, 2021

The court can only consider other children if they live with you or if you have a court order on child support for the other children that you are currently paying.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: If NCP relocates to another state and the child support/parenting plan is from GA. Can the NCP have the parenting and CS

modified to his new local state? Will the GA CS order follow him to different states if he no longer resides in GA?

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Sep 16, 2021

If the CP still lives in Georgia, the Georgia order remains in tact. The GA CS order can be enforced in the new state. the orders cannot be modified anywhere other than Georgia as long as the CP still lives in Georgia.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: My accounts was frozen due to child support but he was never order to pay child support he never took a dna te
Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on Sep 10, 2021

Please try to rephrase your question. You have not asked us a question. You have only made a statement which honestly does not make much sense.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Final Judgement and Decree differs from Child Support Addendum?

So I’ve been divorced for awhile now but I’m confused what to go off of. The child support addendum originally stated that I paid 50% up to $300 per child for homeschool, and I don’t have to repeat payment if my ex decided to hold them back a year. I didn’t know, but my ex marked all this... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Sep 7, 2021

You should consult with an attorney who can read the documents and give you advice on what your obligation is. We can't give advice based on a description of documents. We have to see them.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: I need help with figuring out child support stuff after a move

Myself and my child’s mom moved out of the state where child support was started she hasn’t reported her move to the state what do I need to do to cover my end of things it’s a whole mess to the reason we are in this issue I do not mind paying child support but to be honest I would like more... Read more »

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

You should work with an attorney who can help you with the child support and getting you more time with your child. In the mean time, save all documentation that you are paying child support, just in case there are any issues that arise. Keep records.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: I’ve been paying $600 a month for child support for 2 kids. My daughter moved in with me so do I pay my ex any money?

$600 for 2 kids then when my daughter meets the requirements there is no support for her. Then I pay $428 for just my son. Since she moved in with me and it’s supposed to be $600 for 2 kids do I pay my ex any money or since I have a kid living with me and my ex has a kid living with her does it... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 30, 2021

You still owe the full amount unless and until you get a court order of modification. Consult with an attorney about filing a modification.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Can I request a bank statement to show the judge how my ex-husband was able to pay his bills?

My ex-husband filed child support modification due to a job loss, after COVID his company closed, my ex has an engineering degree, 12 y exp, judge ordered him to look for a job we had a court in June before the final hearing. My ex still can't find a job, he’s been out of work for almost a... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 30, 2021

It's possible to subpeona bank records so you can track spending and income. There isn't an easy way to explain the process. You have to issues the subpoenas, give notice to the other side and also know how to get them into evidence.

You should probably hire an attorney to assist you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Georgia on
Q: Im trying to fill out a child support addendum and have some questions on filling this out.

Not sure on how to fill it out

Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on Aug 26, 2021

Unfortunately, this forum is not offered to prepare actual paperwork for cases. You will need to meet with an attorney regarding your questions about the addendum. Good luck!

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: I'm an currently being a victim of a scam , the individuas are posing as collection agency, they aquired all informatio

They posed as child support to personal bank and put Lien on funds and took before negotiation or court hearing.

Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on Aug 18, 2021

I cannot argue with you since you have the paperwork for what you have said occurred. At least I would hope that you do.

Having represented a number of banks over many years, I cannot believe the bank simply turned over the funds. The bank would first need a court order specifically...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: How do I get my child support order lowered due to loss of job and medical issues?

My divorce was in lumpkin co. Georgia a decree was entered December 9 2019

V. Joy Edwards
V. Joy Edwards answered on Aug 10, 2021

If you have had a change of income, you can Petition the Court for a modification of child support. It would need to be filed in the Count of the Defendant's residence.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: How do I go about getting custody of my child or doing child support When I live in a different state

Mother of My 4 month old son is refusing to let me see him unless I am with her in a relationship

Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on Aug 6, 2021

If you were not married to the mother, then you have absolutely NO rights whatsoever to the child. You are going to have to file a petition (complaint/lawsuit) in the Superior Court of the county in which the child lives. Only when you do this will you ever have an opportunity to see the child.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Georgia on
Q: can i file a contempt of order for back child support in ga without a lawyer in ga
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 1, 2021

A lawyer is not required to file for contempt. It may be a lot easier for you if you have one. Also, if you win, the judge can order that the fees be reimbursed to you.

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