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Q: Child support matter

I have 3 kids ages 18 16 and 11 the one 18 fixing to emancipate but I was told by friends it doesn’t matter my child support payments will stay the same until my last child graduate is that true? It been 3 years do you think I need to go for a review

Regina Irene Edwards answered on May 22, 2019

If your child support is not a per child order, the amount doesn't change unless you modify it. You should consult a family law attorney to see if you would be likely to get a decrease.

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Q: I have an active case with DCSS in GA can I still file child abandonment against the NCP.

Over 6 yrs no contact with our children, more than $20,000 in arrears, over 90 days no payments.

Regina Irene Edwards answered on May 20, 2019

Yes, you can file for child abandonment. You should also contact a private attorney to see if they can help.

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Q: My child graduates high school on Thursday do i have to make a child support payment on Friday? I am not behind.

Regina Irene Edwards answered on May 18, 2019

If your client is only 17, then child support ends at 17. If your child is 18, then Friday's payment should be your last payment as long as the court order states that that is when support ends.

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Q: After judge signs final divorce and sets child support payment through the court how long does it normally take

My daughter says she has not received any child support from the children's father and it’s been a year. He worked in Georgia for a while and transferred with a company to Alabama. She doesn’t work and I am doing all I can to support them and myself.

Regina Irene Edwards answered on May 16, 2019

The child supp rot should have started immediately. She needs to see an attorney as soon as possible to file for contempt.

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Q: Can a child support agreement outside of court be an argument against paying arrears?

My ex and I had lawyers agree on a lower child support payment 2 years ago. An agreement was drawn up but never signed by both parties, only I signed it. She never signed it and she did not submit it to the court. Now she is taking me to court for owing thousands in arrears. Am I going to be able... Read more »

Ellaretha Coleman answered on May 13, 2019

You should contact the attorney who drew up the agreement for you. This may be a circumstance where a motion to enforce settlement agreement may be appropriate. The agreement may also provide an argument against whether your failure to pay the previously order support amount is willful.

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Q: What can I expect going into court?

I have raised my four children for two years on my own with no support. One year ago he started getting them every other weekend. (He walked out and moved in with a girlfriend he cheated with two years ago.) They visit with him where he lives with her.

Now he is asking for joint custody (we... Read more »

Ellaretha Coleman answered on May 13, 2019

A court is not likely to give him joint physical custody if there is a significant distance between the parties' residences. Additionally, if he went a two year period without support or visitation with the children, the court will also consider those facts in determining whether he should have... Read more »

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Q: I pay child support to ex for my 17 year old I have 6 months left to pay can I pay the full amount of child support in

One payment so I can be done with making monthly payments to her?

Ellaretha Coleman answered on May 10, 2019

There is nothing prohibiting you from paying the support in advance. However, if there is an income deduction order, the order will not be terminated until the child ages out of their entitlement to support so a pre-payment outside of an income deduction order may result in double payment.

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Q: I've filed for child support and my court date is in July. What to expect at this court date?

P. Justin Thrailkill answered on May 6, 2019

If you filed through the child support office, there is nothing for you to do other than show up and provide any documentation they ask for. The case is brought in the name of the child, so, technically, it is out of your hands at this point.

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Q: I said i didnt need child support but am now struggling. Can I go back and request child support?

Samantha A Holloway answered on May 4, 2019

Typically, you cannot modify a child support award unless it has been 2 years has passed since the last order. However, child support can be modified if there is a material change in the financial circumstances of the parents or the child. You may want to talk with a lawyer to determine if your... Read more »

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Q: If me and my child’s mother signed a paternity acknowledgment and birth certificate does it make me have any rights

Ellaretha Coleman answered on Apr 30, 2019

Unfortunately, not. Until you petition the court to legitimize your child, you will not have any rights to custody or visitation.

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Q: My daughter is on disability, has 1 child, divorced in 2009, got back together. He moved out. Need new parenting plan.

They got back together shortly after their divorce. Have been together since but did not remarry. They have lived with us for almost 5 years now. He recently cheated and has moved out. He has told their daughter he did nothing wrong since they never remarried. She is only 11and does not... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Apr 29, 2019

She probably doesn't need a new parenting plan. If the one she has gives her custody of her daughter, there is nothing for her to do. The 11 year old cannot move with him without her consent.

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Q: Have a question about papers I just received from an attorney for a contempt proceedings dealing with child support

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Apr 29, 2019

You need to consult an attorney who can read the documents and give advice about what to do next.

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Q: How do I get a court appointed lawyer for a civil domestic relations (child custody) case if I can't afford one?

I called the court and they denied me the right to an appointed lawyer

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Apr 23, 2019

You don't have a right to an attorney in a custody case.

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Q: Is it legal for the mother of our child to receive child support if she is living with me and our child

I'm providing the home and paying all the bills in this house and buying extra for our daughter when she needs it

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Apr 19, 2019

The child support order will remain in place unless and until you change it. You need to speak with an attorney about modifying the order.

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Q: Divorce decree says kids can talk to the other parent through age appropriate devices. Is this appropriate for 4 yr old

Kim Ebert answered on Apr 14, 2019

According to your statement, the divorce decree says "age appropriate devices." It's probably a safe bet that telephone qualifies, but it depends on what your judge defines such devices as appropriate at certain ages. You should consult with an attorney for a better opinion based on the divorce... Read more »

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Q: If it is a motion to set aside a mediated agreement... What happens if it is set aside? What's next?

Do they go back to mediation?

What happens if the other party never responds to the motion?

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Apr 11, 2019

There isn't a simple answer to that question. A variety of things can happen after a Motion to Set Aside. Sometimes, the parties settle with or without mediation, sometimes they just to trial.

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Q: Settled a workers comp case in 2015 had child support lien . Lien was changed but they refuse to honor it. Need lawyer

Child support lien was $19,000 it was changed to $10,000 they have been taking my income taxes every since and have been made to pay weekly back child support. Have all the proof.

P. Justin Thrailkill answered on Apr 10, 2019

This is not a forum to solicit representation. You need to start contacting lawyers in the area where your order is.

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Q: In Georgia, if my spouse and I agree on an amount for Child support, do I have to fill out the worksheet?

I am filing online. My spouse and I have agreed on an amount to be paid for child support. If we both agree, do we have to fill out the worksheet and go by the standard amount given by the state, or can I just pay what we agree upon?

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Apr 9, 2019

Yes, a child support worksheet is required in all divorce cases.

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Q: My husband filled for divorce and unexpected.he threw me outta our home got temporary custody of our child ..

I have had same job for 5almost 6years he's had several got fired shop lifting and was in jail and he says im u. Steady

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Apr 9, 2019

It sounds like you need to consult with an attorney about your case. If he got temporary custody, then he had some evidence to present to the judge that supported that. You will need to hire an attorney to make sure both sides are fully being heard.

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Q: What is considered a substantial change of condition to warrant a modification of child support?

My ex wife filed for a modification of child support on the grounds that I received a promotion and my increase in income presents a substantial change of condition to warrant a modification of child support. I have received a promotion, but I’m only making about $6000 more per year. I just... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards answered on Apr 9, 2019

That does not appear to be a substantial change that would result in an increase in support. You can simply say that you only make $500 per month more, so there isn't a change that would allow you to pay more child support.

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