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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: How do I move out at 16 in Georgia

I have a stable job and my ged

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Jan 16, 2019

You can't.

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Juvenile Law and Probate for Georgia on
Q: do I have to comply with dfacs in Georgia about visitation tho there's been no court order safety plan or signing of any

dfcs came to my house two weeks ago with false allegations of drug use and cleanliness.the investigator had already been to my son School said she saw their concerns with him but I refused the drug test.prior to all of this happening, I had placed my son with his paternal grandmother until I could... Read more »

Kim Ebert
Kim Ebert answered on Jan 6, 2019

Are you the mother? Whatever you do, don't take legal advice from a Caseworker. You need to consult with an attorney before this gets out of hand.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: if a man is awarded sole custody of his children in Juvenile court, does that carry over to civil court?

Mom has only seen the children a few times in the last five years. The kids are 9 and 7. Currently, they live with their dad at their grandparents house. Mom has two warrants for her arrest in the state of Georgia. Also, dad was awarded sole custody in Juvenile Court. Dad wants to file for divorce... Read more »

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Dec 24, 2018

You should have an attorney review your Juvenile Court order to determine its effect on any subsequent divorce action.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: what form do i use to petition the juvenile court for a hearing to dismiss a temporary custody order?

my mother has temporary custody of my 2 yr old since december 15, 2017. we both agree that the order should be dismissed so he can return home to me. i have to file the correct petition or my request for a hearing will be denied.

P. Justin Thrailkill
P. Justin Thrailkill answered on Dec 14, 2018

There isn't a form. Attorney's and pro se litigants are expected to draft their own pleadings. If you don't know how to do that, you should retain counsel that does.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Georgia Law question: if a restraining order is obtained for a minor against someone (no third party contact included),

the minor continues to use the defendant’s mentally disabled minor sibling to contact defendant. As the parents of both the defendant and the disabled minor, would it be considered harassment or third party contact if we were to go to school and ask that there be no contact between the two... Read more »

P. Justin Thrailkill
P. Justin Thrailkill answered on Dec 14, 2018

Your fact pattern is confusing. By "served person" are you meaning the protected party? Is the protected party an adult? You need to sit down with counsel for a consultation and explain this situation in more detail.

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Internet Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Georgia on
Q: Can I get justice for being groomed

Last year and I got into an argument with a guy online. He groomed me and commented on my photos. Stating how age was just a number and with a chest as big as mines it doesn't matter what my age is. Even make plans to meet me, that I backed out of. We swapped Snaps, and he blackmailed me for nudes.... Read more »

P. Justin Thrailkill
P. Justin Thrailkill answered on Dec 12, 2018

Report this to the police and let them handle it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: What penalty is my boyfriend facing with an attempted armed robbery charge in juvenile court
Ecleynne Mercy
Ecleynne Mercy answered on Dec 6, 2018

Armed Robbery is a designated felony. So if his case stays in juvenile court then the max he can get is 5 years in a juvenile facility.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: I am 17 and I am pregnant. Am I allowed to move out without my grandma saying I can?
Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Nov 25, 2018

As long as you are a minor, your parent or guardian will control the decision of where you can and can not live.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: My parental rights were termainted by dfac court but I wasn't present in court ..a family member intends to adopt my c

Kids. What can I do to reinstate my rights

P. Justin Thrailkill
P. Justin Thrailkill answered on Nov 5, 2018

You can't. You had your chance and you didn't cure the dependency in order to protect your children. Terminations are final and irreversible.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: What happens once a motion for modification if filed. Roughly how long does it take to get a court date after.
P. Justin Thrailkill
P. Justin Thrailkill answered on Oct 22, 2018

Depends on the county, what you are modifying, and what the local standing order requires you to do before getting a hearing. Talk to a local attorney about this in more detail.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Georgia on
Q: Child (5) say his father's girlfriend made him touch her in another state is the child aloud to be around the accuser?

It happened in VA where the child is still considered to be a resident. The child lives in GA. A investigation was done in VA I haven't heard or gotten a report in almost a yr. But his father keeps trying to have his girlfriend around our child.

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Sep 28, 2018

If the father keeps exposing the minor child to someone who has placed the child in danger, you should consider a modification action to address these issues.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can a minor charged with a felony have that charged lowered to a lesser charge?

This is his first offense

Ecleynne Mercy
Ecleynne Mercy answered on Sep 10, 2018

That depends on the type of charge and the facts of the case. It could quite possibly be lowered but more information must be provided.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Georgia on
Q: Husband confessed to touching sister as children in IL 28 years ago. In GA 20 years now. Can she still file against him?

Husband only admitted after begging me not to press charges on his sister's 15 yr old son for inappropriately touching our 6 yr old daughter. He is scared he will get prosecuted for what he did to his sister if I try to protect our daughter. His family doesn't know what he did to his sister. When... Read more »

David Edward Boyle
David Edward Boyle answered on Aug 29, 2018

You need to ask this question in Illinois. In Georgia the statute of limitations would have run out already and he could not be prosecuted.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Is there a statue of limitation on how long it takes to sign an autopsy
David Edward Boyle
David Edward Boyle answered on Aug 16, 2018

No, it depends on how long it takes the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: What laws, cases, and motions can I use for him not to have a record or have a conviction? I need all. Answers!

My son just BARELY turned 12, and just entered middle school this past week. He has NEVER been in trouble and gets As and Bs. A girl sent him a video of herself without a shirt or bra. My son was on the bus Last week, and was scrolling and listening to music like every-day. He was scrolling... Read more »

Forrest Clinton Barbour
Forrest Clinton Barbour answered on Aug 15, 2018

He needs an attorney - as soon as possible.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: What can happen to my 12 year old who is charged with child molestation in Georgia?

I caught my 12 year old son performing oral sex on my 10 year old son. In turn we found out that My 12 year old has been orally and anally abused by his dad's son who is 17. The assault happened when they were 15 and 10. The 17 year old was charged and so was my 12 year old. I need to know if my... Read more »

David Edward Boyle
David Edward Boyle answered on Aug 11, 2018

Your twelve year old's case will be handled in juvenile court and will not be required to register.

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Is there any way to have rights to my friend's son?

I met my friend 10 years ago and Ive known her son since he was a toddler and he just just turned 13. Last year his mother had trouble caring for him, so he often stayed with me. He and his mother moved to Pennsylvania to get better support. His parents are divorced and i live in Georgia. If he... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 5, 2018

Only the parents have rights to a child. You would have to file in court to obtain legal rights. Otherwise, it is interference of custody.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: My 15 year old daughter has just been arrested and they won't let me speak to or see her.

The officer said I can't see her until a hearing

Robbie Levin
Robbie Levin answered on Jul 31, 2018

You did not ask a question, but I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. A lawyer would be able to go see your daughter right away. I would strongly advise hiring a lawyer ASAP.

For more information visit my website at www.LevinLawyerGa.com

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Is it legal for a 17 year old to leave home if they tell their parent they are moving? If mental abuse is happening?

I am the 17 year old(female if it makes any difference). My mom kicked me out because she couldn't financially support me. I live with my step mom who knows I have been diagnosed with extreme depression and high levels of anxiety. She manipulates my emotions and turns my father against me by lying... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Jul 31, 2018

I'm sorry you are going through this. Legally you are not able to leave until you are 18 years old. You may want to speak with your mom and dad about the issue that is going on with the stepmother and see if they can help address it. But until you turn 18 your parents have the final say on where... Read more »

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