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Ikemesit Amajak Eyo

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  • What do I need to do?

    I have been married almost a year an my husband wants to adopt my 3 kids an we don't know how to go about doing this? The birth father is not involved an never has been..

    Ikemesit’s Answer

    Your husband needs to hire an attorney to assist him with filing a step-parent adoption.

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  • What can i do to help get her out of this situation?

    My cousin came to visit my family and I over the summer for two weeks . since day one she has stated that her dad has laid hands on her and mentally abuses her. she has attempted to go to the guidance councler at school and the councler arranged a...

    Ikemesit’s Answer

    You mentioned that your cousin is abused by her father, and that her father receives child support. But you made no mention of her mother. Is there a reason that she cannot seek primary custody of the child based upon the abuse she is suffering from her father? Unless there is something preventing it (such as the mother also being abusive), then a solution may be for her to request a modification of custody.

    Either way, as my colleagues have stated, you (or the child) should consider reporting the abuse to the Department of Family and Children Services for them to initiate an investigation.

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  • Father wants to sign his rights over what can we do my sister is about to pass away of cancer and we have no money or time

    My sister has cancer and only has a couple of months left her x husband hit her while she was holding her daughter and her was charged with domestic violence and child endangerment this was 10 years ago he does not have visitation and he is thous...

    Ikemesit’s Answer

    There is no option outside of obtaining a court order conferring custody. Even if the father were to give you a notarized letter, the letter would have absolutely no power.

    If your sole intent is to obtain guardianship, you will need to provide the Probate Court with your sister's election and a copy of the prior domestic violence order that terminates his rights to parenting time. If your intent is to adopt your niece or obtain custody, you will need to present these documents to the Superior Court. Either way, court action is a necessity to confer custody of a child (especially if custody is going to someone who is not the child's parent).

    If you contact the Georgia Legal Services Program, they may be able to help you find an attorney who will work for you for less (or even pro bono).

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  • I have joint legal/secondary physical custody of my granddaughter. When the other grandmother dies, do I become my GD's guardian

    My daughter and her ex-husband were both have only supervised visits with my 7 year old granddaughter. I am worried about the health of her paternal grandmother who has primary physical custody and joint legal custody of our granddaughter. I don...

    Ikemesit’s Answer

    The answer to your question depends on the contents (the exact wording) of the order that granted the current custody and the status of the parents' parental rights. The best route for you to determine what, if anything, you need to do to protect your granddaughter is to sit down with an attorney and provide him full information about the past occurrences.

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  • What document are we to send specifically along with the form as my wife earned nothing less than 27,000usd over the last 3yrs.

    We have been sent a checklist twice about part 5 question 19. We put the last three years amount she filed and sent the w2/ federal tax return paper for the two most recent years and the transcript for the third year as we couldn't find its w2 but...

    Ikemesit’s Answer

    Your question cannot be answered as it is not at all clear what form you are referring to. You should consider contacting the person/entity that sent the form to you (or whomever will be receiving your completed form) and ask them to clarify the request.

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  • I am searching for someone who would be willing to help me reverse an adoption of my kids who my dad adopted.

    I want to prove to a judge that it will be in their best interest if they are with me again. Here's a little about what has happened. I was under extreme emotional duress during signing the adoption papers. My dad basically threatened me, saying...

    Ikemesit’s Answer

    When a person signs paperwork consenting to place their child/children for adoption, they are afforded a set amount of time to change their minds. "OCGA 19-8-9(b) A person signing a surrender pursuant to Code Section 19-8-4, 19-8-5, 19-8-6, or 19-8-7 shall have the right to withdraw the surrender by written notice delivered in person or mailed by registered mail or statutory overnight delivery within ten days after signing; and the surrender document shall not be valid unless it so states." Once that time has passed, the surrender is permanent and cannot be withdrawn, any adoption that occurred pursuant to the surrender is also permanent.

    If it has been more than 10 days since you signed "the adoption papers," you may very likely not be able to reverse the adoption. Getting your children back would require a different court action.

    To find out about the availability of any other alternatives, you would need to speak directly with a family law attorney.

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  • I am looking to petition for a name change. The form asks for address of father, but I have no idea where he lives/is.

    Only information I have on father's whereabouts is the country where he resides.

    Ikemesit’s Answer

    If you do not know the father's exact current address, you need to provide his last known address and/or whatever information you do know and have about his current location. When requesting a name change of a minor, you are also required to serve the other parent with a copy of the petition. If you do not have an address for service, you may be allowed to serve the parent by publication. But to do so, you must first make a diligent effort to locate the parent.

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  • If one is $13,000 in arrears in child support, are you in contempt of court and could be put in jail?

    I was in jail in China for visa problems and deported from the country. I was returned to LA and with no money it has taken over a year to get back to try to resolve this problem. However, if I am put in jail I can I get a job and start repaying m...

    Ikemesit’s Answer

    If someone is ordered to pay child support and fails to pay, they are definitely in arrears by that amount. But arrears does not automatically mean contempt. Being in contempt implies a willing failure and refusal to comply with a court order. A failure to comply based upon an inability to comply is not considered to be contempt. The question that you will face is whether, in the view of the judge, your being jailed in China is an excusable failure. You will also face the question of what you have done to address the arrears since returning to the US.

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  • Can I give temporary custody of my children to a family member to avoid them being taken into dfcs custody if I have a case open

    My son tested positive for pot. He was born two months ago and I've complied with dfcs without being court ordered yet. I no longer have time for my family which includes my nine yr old daughter as well. Ive been going to classes five days a week ...

    Ikemesit’s Answer

    A parent always has the right/option to grant temporary guardianship of their child/children to another adult who is capable of caring for the child. The only way to properly / legally give custody is by obtaining a court order conferring custody.

    That being said, considering that giving custody to a family member may not help with the problems you're facing with DFCS, and could potentially create other problems, you should not rush into making such a decision. You need to speak with an attorney (and anyone in your life who you think of as a trusted adviser) to determine if this is the right move for you to make.

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  • Civil-Can a hearing be scheduled after a trial has begun-plaintiff refused to turn over docs, now hearing is set on same case

    X wife filed contempt of Divorce Decree in 2011. Child custody was added in 2012 when son elected to move back in w/ Dad Trial date was set after mediation wasted $. Mother refused to turn over responses to interrogatories. Judge threatened contem...

    Ikemesit’s Answer

    While you made a valiant effort to summarize the 3-year history of legal battles with your former spouse, the information provided is not very clear. Because of that, It isn't really possible to answer your questions about if the trial should be continued.

    You are going to need to call an attorney, explain the background, and provide any needed clarification before you can get an answer to your question. You will likely also need to retain a new attorney (if yours was the one that quit) to assist with trying to resolve this situation.

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