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  • Will courts force a change in the last name of a child?

    Do courts usually force mothers to change the last name of a child after paternity has been established? Father is involved in childs life on a less than part-time basis and wants child to have last name. Mother takes care of child on a full time ...

    Anthony’s Answer

    It is discretionary with the Judge who hears the legitimation action. It is not done merely by establishing paternity. He must file a petition to legitimate the child.

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  • Can I file a Child Abandonment Warrant? If so, what happens?

    My daughter's Father was supposed to start paying Child Support on March 1st of 2015. Here it is July 22nd of 2015 and he hasn't paid anything. I received a letter in the mail in April/ May of 2015 saying that he filed Bankruptcy. He has a pretty ...

    Anthony’s Answer

    I don't why the child support receivers office would tell you that he did not have to pay child support because he is in bankruptcy. That is just not the law. I would assume that he has filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy so that he can keep that new car. If so, the past due child support must be collected through the bankruptcy court, along with other creditors, but with your claim being the first paid. However, the current and future support should be paid as usual, subject to contempt if not paid. Paying current support while the Chapter 13 is pending is necessary to keep his case from being dismissed.

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  • Consequences of not paying child support for years?

    My ex husband has not paid child support in years, I wasn't asking for it because I didn't want to go back to court with a nasty custody case. I asked for it again a few months ago and in response he hired a lawyer to try to get custody. He owes a...

    Anthony’s Answer

    No attorney is going to be able to answer these questions without having all of the backup information about your case. However, no matter what the answer, it is clear that you need to hire an experienced custody attorney. Once you do that, and share all of the other information with that attorney, then the probability of what will happen in court should be more evident. Right now, assume that all of those things could turn out bad for you, and hire a good lawyer to prevent that from happening.

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  • Can you get a court appointed attorney for divorce case?

    I have no money to afford an attorney. My husband has an attorney and filed for divorce against me. Can I get a court appointed attorney for my divorce? There are no issues of child custody.

    Anthony’s Answer

    If you qualify for legal aid, you may get some help at the link below. If not, you should at least attempt to speak with several attorneys. It may not be as expensive as you are assuming.

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  • Child custody

    What state has jurisdiction if the custody order was from new York and the father moved to Colorado one week later. I live in Georgia my son has been living with me for two months and he is 13 yr. Old. He doesn't want to live with his dad anymor...

    Anthony’s Answer

    You need to speak with an experienced custody attorney in Macon. The Bibb County court may take emergency jurisdiction under the UCCJEA. If the attorney you speak with does not understand what that means, keep looking.

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  • Signed legit paperwork and birth certificate in the hospital, but are not together. What are father's visitation rights? -2mth

    The father and I were dating until the pregnancy. Now we are not together. I work full time and have 2 month old in daycare. I also breastfeed. My son's father requests very last minute visits. Day of at 4 he tells me he wants to see son around 9....

    Anthony’s Answer

    You need to assert your right to custody and determination of the child's schedule. As the mother of a child born out of wedlock, you have absolute control of this situation. If he is not willing to work with your plan and your schedule, then he will have to file a petition with the court to get any rights at all. That same court will determine his obligation for child support payable to you.

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  • Can I be forced to do a DNA test and accept child support on my child?

    I'm pregnant, the father is not going to be there for the delivery and will not be signing the birth certificate. Can he or his parents take me to court for a DNA test, to force me to take child support and give them visitation? Or can he force me...

    Anthony’s Answer

    He can file a petition for legitimation, also seeking custody and/or visitation. If you deny that he is the father, the Judge can order you to submit to a DNA test. Child support is usually included in that case, also. You can contest all of it in court. However, unless you have a good reason to keep this man from seeing his child, the Judge will most likely grant legitimation and visitation. If you strongly oppose it without good reason, you may be subjecting yourself to a claim for custody. You need to retain an experienced custody attorney as soon as he attempts to serve you with legal papers.

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  • Father seeking full custody of my son in Cherokee Co. GA.

    My son is now 6. His mother has been very unstable his whole life and has come and gone randomly for all different amounts of time, longest time being around a year when she up and moved to Florida and left us both here in GA. Most recently she ha...

    Anthony’s Answer

    You would have a very good chance, considering that you are really trying to maintain the status quo. Hire an experienced custody attorney immediately.

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  • What are the legal rights of a single mother regarding custody in Georgia?

    I am pregnant and due in September. I recently broke off the relationship between me and my baby's father and I am afraid he is going to challenge my custody rights once the baby is born. He has lost two jobs within the past 5 months and gotten a ...

    Anthony’s Answer

    He will have no rights at all until he files a lawsuit against you seeking legitimation. If he does that, there are no guarantees as to results. The DUI may be a factor, but take it seriously. Retain an experienced custody attorney as soon as he files.

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  • Service by publication

    If my husband moved to another state, but I don't know exactly where. Can I divorce him here in GA and use service by Publication?

    Anthony’s Answer

    Yes, you can do that. You will need the Judge's permission. I suggest that you retain a divorce attorney in your County.

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