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Q: How do I file for extension to answer a custody modification?

I live in Ohio; Ex husband lives in Georgia. He has a filed for a modification of custody and child support as well as a few other things. I am still trying to find an attorney / money to afford an attorney. How can I file to extend the time I have to answer so that I can continue to get my ducks... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV answered on Aug 23, 2019

Contact an attorney who can review the facts of your case in detail and present you with the options. The attorney can provide you with the guidance you need to answer the custody modification. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558 HomerJordan.com

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Q: Child support case reopened since 2014, a few days ago $24000 was added in arrears to my account w/out notice?

Custodial parent reopened case in 2014 after I started relationship with someone else. In 2016 I had children legitimized in 2016.. Per order cp stated we were in a long relationship and residing together. I have never been jail always supported my children financially. Now she states I owe her... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 22, 2019

You will need to hire an attorney to straighten that out.

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Q: How can I find the contempt statutes for a Ga civil child support contempt case? What sanctions can I ask the judge for

I’m trying to find out what I can legally ask the judge to impose in a child support contempt hearing if the father is found in contempt

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 22, 2019

2018 Georgia Code

Title 19 - Domestic Relations

Chapter 6 - Alimony and Child Support

Article 1 - General Provisions

§ 19-6-28. Enforcement of orders; contempt; service of rule nisi by mail; rule nisi form

Universal Citation: GA Code § 19-6-28 (2018)...
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Q: Is there a difference between an at home DNA test and a DNA test from child support?

I recently contacted my ex to get an DNA on my daughter who is now six and she looks just like him. He met her for the first time and said he felt as if he was looking in the mirror we did a at home DNA test and it came back 0%. I thought it was weird but I said ok I went with it. He called me and... Read more »

Samantha A Holloway answered on Aug 16, 2019

It will be difficult for an attorney to advise you as to the accuracy of the home DNA test. Georgia requires laboratories to meet certain scientific criteria which provides assurances that the results are accurate. It may be difficult to prove the accuracy of a home DNA test in court without... Read more »

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Q: Not my kids but GA is suing me for child support

My gf had twins but they were taken by the state a few months after birth. The paternity test determined I am not the father. Now GA DFCS is suing me for child support. I don't want to have to pay child support for kids that aren't mine. What are my options?

Ellaretha Coleman answered on Aug 14, 2019

If you and the mother were not married at the time of birth of the children and they are not biologically your children, you have no legal obligation to financially support the children.

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Q: Can my share of living expenses that I reimburse to my boyfriend be construed as added income for him r/t child support?

I’ve lived with my boyfriend for over a year now in his house. We made our financial arrangements so that he pays the mortgage (in his name only) and utilities and I pay him 40% of that as my share (income share model). I pay for all groceries and household items, and he pays me back half of... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 9, 2019

The living expenses shouldn't be construed as income, but to help him, probably you should stop paying it this way. you can pay the 40% directly to the providers.

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Q: I’m supposed to pay child support to my ex husband for our 14yr old daughter because she wanted to live with him.

I had sole custody of our daughter for the past 12 years. right before her 12th birthday in July, 2017. Dad and I divorced before she was 3 and he was gone. He tried a few times when she was 6-8 maybe but he had some other kids and all so it faded out. When she was 10 he met his now wife and has... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV answered on Aug 9, 2019

I'm sorry to hear you are going through this. You are asking a question about a specific case that we are not familiar with. You may want to consult with an attorney who can review the facts of the case in detail and provide you with direction and options. If you have been court ordered to pay... Read more »

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Q: Do I have to pay child support to the CP if my kids are in my custody during the summer break?

Samantha A Holloway answered on Aug 6, 2019

Yes. Typically child support is based on a yearly basis and most court orders do not allow you to stop payment during certain months. However, you can ask the court for a reduction for the time that your children spend with you during the summer so that your overall child support (and monthly... Read more »

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Q: Is it possible for child support to be modified to be extended after a child turns 18?

My step daughter turned 18 this month. Her grandmother had custody of her but she went away to college when she was 17. Her grandmother is now threatening to come after my husband for extended child support. Is that a possiblity?

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 5, 2019

No, you cannot modify child support after a child reaches the age of majority.

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Q: Maximum Jail Term for "Civil Contempt -- Back Child Support"

What is the maximum length of time that a person can be held in jail for "Civil Contempt -- Back Child Support"? There are no criminal charges. Amount of child support arrears is $3,500. The person in jail has zero financial resources and zero ability to come up with the money to pay the... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 1, 2019

The court will only order jail time if the court finds that she has not exhausted all resources in order to try to pay. $3500 is not a lot of money to come up with. She needs to have applied for loans, title pawns, sold jewelry, gotten a 2nd job, maxed out credit card, asked for money from... Read more »

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Q: What happens after contempt order is not followed?

My daughters father sued me for legitimation and was given more financial responsibilities than we had agreed upon verbally. Since the judges final order, he has not complied with any of the judges orders, including visitation (reduced amount of time than he previously had). I filed a contempt... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 31, 2019

If you have a Georgia order, you can file for contempt again in Georgia.

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Q: If i refuse to sign legitimization papers, can i be forced to acknowledge them?

unlegitimized child. father has domestic violence charges and child cruelty. does not pay child support. may want to legitimize his son

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 25, 2019

You don't ever have to sign legitimation papers. He can file for legitimation and ask the court to award partial custody and parenting time, even if you don't agree with it. Consult with an attorney about your options.

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Q: Georgia dcss Walker county trying to charge us twice for the same to children please read question below

Children went into foster care November of 2015 they were adopted by the same family with my permission and no problems May of 2017 Case closed with DCFS we paid off the balance last month and received a substantial refund from dcss now they're saying I owe $5,100 and they're going to suspend my... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV answered on Jul 24, 2019

I'm not sure what the question is here. You may want to consult with an attorney who can review the facts of your case and present the options to you. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558 HomerJordan.com

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Q: Jailed for Civil Contempt -- Back Child Support

Woman was in a "homeless" shelter and working very hard to get her life back together after several difficult situations (generally not of her own making or choosing). She was employed and making real progress. Her path to getting out of her situation was totally disrupted by her being JAILED for... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 17, 2019

She was jailed because the court found she had resources to pay child support and she chose not to.

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Q: can the County of Los Angeles hold my Child Support case for 10 years then try to collect even if they knew where I was?

2 cases were filed against me from two women, I was served and made to pay on one in 2009. Now they are trying to serve me on the other even though they had all my information and could have served and prosecuted me on both at the same time.... am I liable for 10 years back support? I moved to... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 17, 2019

You need to talk to an attorney about your case, but in general, you will be liable for the child support.

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Q: My daughter turns 18 in March. She will still be in high school. Can child support be extended until she graduates?

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 16, 2019

Normally, the child support order states that support continues through high school. Review your order to make sure it states that.

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Q: my husband hasnt showed for visitation nor paid child support

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 15, 2019

You can't make him exercise parenting time. You can file a contempt action to recover the child support.

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Q: my boyfriend is currently incarcerated and got served with child support papers, he doesn’t know what to do.

he wants to wait till he’s released to deal with the issue and wants to know if the judge will let him.

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 14, 2019

No, he will not be able to wait until he's released to deal with it. He needs to hire an attorney to help him with the case.

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