short answer ; YES in most contested cases . if you have issues that cannot wait for final hearing because you and your spouse are not working together in a civil and mutually satisfactory manner such as child support / alimony / payment of debts/ payment of utilities / rent / mortgage / CUSTODY of children / who drives what car/ who lives in marriage residence and who moves out ,,,/ , etc . . . . .
FILE LEGITIMATION PEITION SEEKING TO GAIN legal status as the father and custody of the child .
Because the child was born out of wedlock if you have not legitimized the child YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS . Having your name on birth certificate is not sufficient . Thus a legitimation petition seeking ;
1. have you declared legal father;
2. named custodial parent
is what needs to be done .
As I read and reread your statement ;
"I am also currently a christian counseling student and I want to make sure their is not any conflicts of interest, in a effort to protect the family and the church"
I cannot help but think how terrible it is for us to live in a society were we have to think about such things as the church's interest vs. the child's interest . Not your fault . You just trying to do right thing . However some issues in my humble opinion are so important and so...
if child born out of wedlock he has no rights to see the child in georgia and no family members of his has any rights to visitation so i suggest unless he files ligitimation petition to let sleeping dogs lay .
you file for modification of custody seeking temporary and final modification making you primary custodial parent . You include your request for emergency hearing in this action .
You need an experienced lawyer ASAP . Sorry but cost of expereinced lawyer for this matter will not be cheap . Suggest you call serveral and compare prices . Will be first to tell you I will not be the cheapest so you may not desire to call us but feel free to call if you like
been doing this for 30 years and it's just this simple ;
1. send letter giving him 10 days to provide proof he's applied for loan ;
2. if he fails to respond file contempt action ;
3. if you feel you can figure out how to do this without a lawyer and can find the forms you need via the internet great . my hat's off to you . if not hire one . my question to you is did you have a lawyer representing you in the divorce and if yes why are you not using that lawyer to enforce the divorce decree ?...