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Suzanne Hovastak’s Answers

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  • My friend is currently pregnant and wants to give us the baby instead of having an abortion.

    Her and the father have discussed this together. They both want to sign off their rights now. What is the legal process for something like this?

    Suzanne’s Answer

    Congratulations on the possible adoption. This process needs to be handled by a professional. Please find an experienced attorney in Cobb County. An adoption is not something you can or should handle on your own.

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  • Urgent!! My ex-husband took out a tpo on my current husband alleging that he has been beating our son. Court April 30th.

    My ex-husband has been trying to get my son to move with him since Oct. 2014. He was unsuccessful because he couldn't prove I was unfit. We have joint legal custody and I have primary physical, this was settled legally in 2012. He decided to go to...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    You need an attorney. Now. Use the find a lawyer link in avvo.
    This is a criminal case and your husband needs representation.

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  • Would a judge terminate a non-custodian's rights based on lack of child support to allow for step-parent to adopt?

    Camden County GA, non-custodial parent is very behind on child support for my 2 children with no hope of ever catching up. He also has 2 other children from 2 other relationships that he is supposed to pay child support for which he does not do...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    I agree with all of the previous answers. There are some avenues that would allow a step parent adoption and you need guidance to make sure the process is complete. If the biological father is willing to sign a consent then you are in a much better position. If, however, if he is going to contest the adoption then your attorney can help you gather necessary facts. I would NOT attempt to do this without the help of an attorney and would NOT even begin discussing this with biological father until after you meet with an attorney. Good luck and I wish you the best.

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  • Can I date or live with someone while I have filed for a divorce?

    I am planning on leaving the home and getting my own place maybe live with a potential girlfriend. Can I date while going through the divorce process?

    Suzanne’s Answer

    Divorce is a difficult time for children. It is hard for them to grasp the idea that their parents love for each other can simply end. Things are even more difficult when it becomes clear that the love transferred to a person that is not the child's mother. Judges do not appreciate children being exposed to significant others while a divorce is proceeding. In addition, children are unlikely to be comfortable around the new woman and they may refuse to stay overnight or even visit your home if she is there that will certainly prevent you from having healthy relationship with your children. Until the divorce is final and even for a while after do not expose the children to a new woman.

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  • Can I get the custody of my children from their mom?

    I just found out three days ago that my ex-wife moved herself and my 2 sons (5&8yrs old)into her boyfriend's one bedroom house. She did not notify me of the move 30 days prior like the divorce decree states. They have to sleep on a couch every nig...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorneys on this thread. You need an attorney quickly. Take the time to find one today to discuss these circumstances. Every day you wait might have negative consequences.

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  • Ex wants name & add of girlfriend. the kids & I stayed 2 nights over holidays. Any privacy laws protecting GF's info?

    Morality clause is listed in divorce decree. Kids and I have stayed other holidays at gf's house within past year. Ex had bf living with her. Kids are 11 & 9. Nothing has happened between kids and GF. All get along well and established relationsh...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    It is difficult to give a solid answer without reviewing your divorce decree. The specific wording of the morality clause and requirements to provide each other with addresses/phone number are different in each case. At a minimum, by your own admission, you believe you might be in contempt. I suggest taking a few hours with an attorney to review your decree and ask for legal advice so you avoid trouble.

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  • Please tell me the "pros" and "cons" for me as a single mother and my child, if I sign the "Paternity Establishment".

    I am a single mother with a 2 years baby. My partner, who is an abusive man from other country, want me to sign a ""Paternity Establishment" form. How my daughter and I can be affected if I sign this form? Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

    Suzanne’s Answer

    I am happy that you are seeking answers and looking for help. You need to take the time to explain your case to a family law attorney so you fully understand the ramifications of signing an Acknowledgment. You have a child now and it is good you are looking to protect them.

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  • Can you have two child support cases opened on the same child in two different counties..

    If the one was opened in cherokee co ga. and got closed. Then they went to Cobb co. and got a judge to sign a child support order. After 12 yrs of it being dorment with no paperwork sent to my husband. DFCS closed the case due to false document...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    It seems as if you need to hire an attorney to untangle the web in DFCS. There should not be two (2) cases on the same child in two (2) separate counties. You are going to need a professional. Keep in mind that DFCS offices have extremely large case loads. Couple that with the extremely high employee turn-over rate to understand why your situation needs someone familiar with DFCS to help straighten out the issues. This should be done as soon as possible to avoid a license suspension and to clarify the amount of arrears, if any.

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  • Are there any attorneys who advocate for the father who needs to have child support set to a fair amount?

    Father lives in Georgia, ex-spouse lives in Alabama. Payments are going to Alabama DFACS. Father is left with $50.00 per week to live off of, ex-spouse informed DFACS that father was earning far more than he actually was and no one bothered to ask...

    Suzanne’s Answer

    Yes, there are many attorneys that would be willing to look at your case. When you have your initial meeting, it is important that you bring your current child support order, proof of income (paystubs or tax returns) and proof of your expenses. There are ways to get child support modified and each day you wait you remain liable for the full ordered amount. Time is of the essence - I suggest finding an attorney today. The attorney will be able to give you advice based on your specific circumstances.

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  • How do I get a passport for my daughter if I am the custodial parent?

    I tried to get a passport for my daughter last year and paid the money but was told that even though I am the custodial parent I was denied. I do not know where her father is and now I am out of $280 and the money will not be returned.

    Suzanne’s Answer

    I am sorry this happened to you. Both parents must be present to apply for a passport OR sign an official form providing consent. If one parent cannot be located there is another form that is used to explain why you need the passport without the parent's consent AND how you tried to obtain consent. It seems as if you used a private agency for your passport application - they charged $280 and that is MUCH higher than the US government fees. The private agency should have explained this to you. If the agency is unwilling to help you get the passport, I would suggest contacting an attorney.

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