Christie Lynn Ayotte’s Answers

Christie Lynn Ayotte

Conyers Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Can i marry an inmate at the county jail?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christie Lynn Ayotte
    2. Haroen Calehr
    2 lawyer answers

    Interesting question! Does he have the right to get married, even though he is in jail? Sure. You don't lose your right to marry even after you are convicted of a crime (not assuming your boyfriend has been convicted in this case). On a practical level, though, will you be able to make it happen -- hmmm...not sure about that. If you already have the marriage license in hand, then you are probably good to go, but Gwinnett County (and most other counties in Georgia) require both parties...

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  2. My wife passed last friday, we are leagally married in the state of geogia, will i have custody of my 3 step children

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christie Lynn Ayotte
    2. Daniel Ellis Rice
    3. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    4. Emily Su-Hwa Yu
    5. Glen Edward Ashman
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    6 lawyer answers

    How heart-breaking for you. Unfortunately, if you did not adopt the children when your wife was living, then no, you do not have automatic rights to them. Whether you will be awarded custody depends on whether the children's biological father is around or not, whether he has supported the children in any way, and whether he wants custody of them. If he is not involved and does not want custody, but you know where he is, then that's your best possible scenario. But, even under less ideal...

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  3. What can I do to encourage the state to actually enforce child support laws?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Christie Lynn Ayotte
    2. Sean Aaron Black
    3. Kairi Smith Gure
    3 lawyer answers

    No, there's no federal law requiring the state to pay for private process servers (which are expensive, but no so expensive that most people could not scrape together the money for one). You need to get an attorney to help you move things along. If you can't afford one, contact Georgia Legal Services Program, which has some offices in north Georgia.

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  4. When/how can a landlord enter the rental if an evicted tenant leaves without turning over the keys.

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Christie Lynn Ayotte
    1 lawyer answer

    If your tenant did not turn in the keys, she is still "in possession" of the property. But, if you got a court order and she was ordered by a judge to get out by date x, then she shouldn't be still in possession of the property. So, question 1 -- is there a court order or not? Question 2 -- Do you have a forwarding address/phone number/email for her? And question 3 - does your lease address what happens to personal property (a/k/a "personalty" or "chattels")? If yes, you need to follow the...

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  5. I have received SS form 10-99. I am not sure what I need to do with this as far as my end of year taxes is concerned. I have

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel Ellis Rice
    2. Christie Lynn Ayotte
    3. Loraine M. DiSalvo
    3 lawyer answers

    You have a tax question, not a custody question, so I've changed your practice area so that tax attorneys will see it. You should talk to a CPA though. This is more of an accounting question than a legal question. Many tax attorneys are also CPAs or financial advisors.

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  6. My son will soon be 17 and we live in Georgia. My sons bio dad is not on the birth certificate, & has never been legitimized.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Glen Edward Ashman
    2. Christie Lynn Ayotte
    3. Birney O'Brian Bull
    3 lawyer answers

    Georgia does not award back child support where there was no court order, so you could file now if you wanted to, but it would only be in effect until your son turned 18. Hard to imagine it would be worth the time and emotional distress. Good luck, Christie Ayotte

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  7. What are the grandparent rights in Georgia?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christie Lynn Ayotte
    2. Daniel Ellis Rice
    3. Marcy Ann Millard
    3 lawyer answers

    As long as YOU are a fit parent, and are properly taking care of your baby, then your baby's paternal grandmother has essentially no rights. That means you and only you can decide when and if she sees the baby and under what conditions. There are some circumstances when a grandparent can file a lawsuit asking the court to grant him/her visitation rights (the conditions listed in OCGA 19-7-3 that were previously posted), but at 3 months old, your son is not old enough to trigger any of the...

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  8. Can I petition a GA court for legitimacy of a my child when I don't currently know where the mother or child lives?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel Ellis Rice
    2. Anthony M. Zezima
    3. Stephen Ross Cohen
    4. Christie Lynn Ayotte
    5. Christopher Allen Flowers
    5 lawyer answers

    When you start calling PIs, I think the search you want to do to find her is called a "skip trace." I can give you a referral to a fantastic PI if you are interested. Christie

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  9. I want to move back to my home town after the divorce, have two kids; Do I have to have it stated in the divorce decree?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Rachel Aliza Elovitz
    2. Christie Lynn Ayotte
    3. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    4. Glen Edward Ashman
    4 lawyer answers

    I'm guessing from your question that your divorce has not been finalized yet, but that you anticipate being named as the primary physical custodian. No, people are not required to specify that they are planning to move back home out of state and take the kids with them in your divorce decree, but it's not a bad idea to include it if you know that's what you plan to do. Either way, you might want to go ahead and let your soon-to-be-Ex know now that you're planning to move before things are...

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  10. My Ex husband keeps telling me that our parenting plan is null and void because I moved out of the state of TN is that true?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel Ellis Rice
    2. Christie Lynn Ayotte
    3. Timothy Dale McKinzie
    4. Leonore M. Greller
    4 lawyer answers

    Short answer: no, unless there's something in the parenting plan that says that the whole thing becomes void if you move -- and it's hard to imagine that being the case.

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