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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: If I’m 15 and I live with my dad and want to live with my mom. And my mom is doing everything she can but I need to be

Gone ASAP!

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Aug 5, 2020

Since you are 15 years old, it is important to know that in Georgia a child age 14 or older has the ability to request a change of custodial parent, and when the request is made, a custody re-evaluation typically happens. The judge will seriously consider your request, but will evaluate whether the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can a 16 year old date a 19 year old in ga
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 3, 2020

No.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can a 15 year old leave her house to live with her grandma
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 3, 2020

A 15 year old is a minor and needs the parents' permission to live elsewhere.

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: If a 17 year old gets kicked out can they get emancipated?
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Aug 3, 2020

It is possible under certain circumstances for a 17 year old to obtain emancipation. It is best to contact and consult with an attorney about the specifics of the circumstances.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can my brother leave at 18 if he is on juvenile probation?

Me and my husband took my 17 yr old brother in when his dad kicked him out. Since we have had him he is continually disrespectful to both of us and my pets, we have called the cops on him twice for putting hands on me, but never pressed charges. We were hoping for a scared straight kinda thing, and... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Jul 24, 2020

It is best to contact an attorney who can assess the specifics of your circumstances and provide you with a tailored response.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

We wish you well.

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

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can my rights be terminated if I have completed my case plan. I am the child's mother
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 15, 2020

Your case has an entire history that led to DFCS involvement and a safety plan. You need to speak to an attorney that can review all of the documents, evidence and hear your story before giving advice about a case in progress.

--Regina Edwards | www.EdwardsFamilyLaw.com | 770.854.0777...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can parents of a 21-22 year old male stop them from moving in with the parent of their 17 year old girlfriend?

I'm wanting to move in with my girlfriend's (who is 17 turning 18 in five months) mother, but my parents are saying that I have to have my parents permission to move out. I'm 21, will be 22 in a few weeks, and I don't have any mental, physical, or health disabilities. Me and my... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Jul 13, 2020

You are an adult at 18 years old and do not need consent/permission beyond that.

We wish you well.

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

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: I am 17 I want to live in a stable home with my bf’s parents My abusive dad doesn’t agree am I allowed to leave?

They live out of state and both have very good jobs and a well taken care of family and they have room for me and have asked me to join them

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jul 7, 2020

Your boyfriend's parents need to contact an attorney to help you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Is it legal in the state of georgia for a 17 year old and a 24 year old to have a friendship?
Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Jun 16, 2020

How do your parents feel about it, considering you are a minor? There is more information that would be needed for us to provide guidance on this question. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Could a minor get in trouble for having a vape at their house and getting caught with it by an officer
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Jun 12, 2020

It depends on the circumstances. It is best to speak with a juvenile law attorney who can assist you with the specifics of your case.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

We wish you well.

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

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: My 17 yr. Old ran away and I am being told no one can make her come home because she is 17. What can I do?
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on May 20, 2020

You can contact the juvenile court in your county and report her as a runaway.

I wish you well.

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

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: I have a friend that wants to run away from an abusive household but they are only 17. Will they or the people giving

them a place to stay face legal consequences?

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on May 20, 2020

First, your friend’s situation is unfortunate. He or she can file for a protective order if they have been abused. Second, because your friend is 17, a minor, he or she is the legal responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. That same parent/legal guardian could report anyone for interference... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: can a 17 year old voluntarily run away and live in another state? would i be forced to come home?

toxic household, and i’d have somewhere to live in the other state and am financially stable

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on May 9, 2020

At the age of 17, you must comply with the rules of your parent and/or legal guardian. The law is certain, emancipation occurs under 3 conditions: you turn 18, you enlist in the military or you get married.

I wish you well.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: How do you file a section 15-11-567 motion in Georgia when your child's attorney does not respond.
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Apr 27, 2020

More information is needed before an accurate answer can be provided. It is best to contact an attorney who can assist you with the specifics of your case.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

I wish you well.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can I use my child's UTMA funds for prior education & school activities?

Our child has a UTMA with investments and cash in it. We have never taken money out of it. We didn't realize that we could use it for education, child betterment and school activities. We paid all of these expenses out of pocket for many years and are now in debt because of it.

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Apr 24, 2020

Under the Georgia UTMA custodian may expend the minor's funds for the support, maintenance, education, and general use and benefit of the minor. However, it would be inappropriate to expend the fund to bail the minor's parents out of debt. The safest course of action would be to use... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Georgia on
Q: is It illegal for a 17 year old female to date a 24 year old male in the state of Georgia?

I would believe it is not illegal to do so, due to the fact that the female over the age of legal consent in GA (16). The 17 year old turns 18 in 8 months( December 7th), and I would believe it to be okay since 17 is the age when Georgia technically can consider you an adult, because you can make... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Mar 19, 2020

You are considered an adult at age 18, not at age 17. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: 17 year old runaway

if my friend who is 17, 18 in a couple of months, have legal actions against them and be forced to return home if they ran away from home? we live in georgia and i read online that a 17 year old can legally voluntarily run away from home. would my family have legal actions against us if they lived... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Mar 16, 2020

You are still a minor at 17 years old, and your family can legally file charges against you.

I wish you well.

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

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: I really have a few questions need help plz.

Georgia DFCS is trying to terminate my rights when I've done what they ask. Please someone help me find out how to file appeals and know my rights.

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 15, 2020

You need to immediately consult an attorney to discuss your options.

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: What happens when a child goes to Juvenile court that has never been in this situation before?

My 15 year old grandson was involved in a fight in school with several other boys and now is suspended from school and pending tribunal hearing and maybe alternative school. He's never been in any trouble like this ever before. At best what will most likely happen to him?

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Mar 12, 2020

It depends on the details surrounding the incident. It may be best to contact an attorney who specializes in disciplinary hearings and who can provide you with an accurate answer.

We are glad to assist you. Contact us whenever you are ready.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law...
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