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Steven P. Shewmaker

Atlanta Family Law Attorney.

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  1. My son received a misdemeanor DUI an was put on probation - can he receive permission to move out of state?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Justin Spizman
    2. Zachary Walter Procter
    3. Steven P. Shewmaker
    4. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    5. J. Guy Sharpe Jr.
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    Yes, good relations with his probation officer helps, as will completing any completable terms like community service or rehab training. He may be able to go to no reporting or phone reporting. He may raise the issue of transferring probation to Califirnia.

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  2. My husband and I are separated and I need to know what can I do to protect my son and myself financially.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Steven P. Shewmaker
    2. John Arnold Steakley
    3. Michael Shane Welsh
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    Your question is a very good one. No one can put a gun to your husband's head. Even if you even if he made an agreement with you, he can back out of it at this point. What you need to do is file a petition for divorce or separation. Based Upon doing that, the court then has authority to emplace a temporary order. A temporary order can establish who will pay which bills. The temporary order can also establish a monthly amount of child support and alimony that must be paid. Finally a...

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  3. What is the best solution for me in this situation

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Allen Rust Knox
    2. Lauren Elizabeth Goodhart
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    4. John Arnold Steakley
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    If you have no prior criminal history, they may offer you pre trial diversion. Your note is unclear as to whether they offered it to you. generally, it is 3 - 6 months with a $300 fine. You will meet with a probation officer and submit to random drug screenings. The trick of diversion is that you must remain clear of trouble during the diversion period. if you do, the case will be dismissed, and many times they will agree to expunge the arrest. Diversion is the best option for you....

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  4. How do I report a married soldier for having an affair that resulted in conception of a child?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Steven P. Shewmaker
    2. William Emil Cassara
    3. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    4. Philip Douglas Cave
    5. Scott Allen Scholl
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    The short answer is: You contact his commander or his commander's commander's commander. That commander will either care or not care. If he cares, he may seek to charge him or otherwise boot him out of the military. The better answer is: Do not do this. Instead, if you choose to have the child, have it. Afterwards, sue him in state court for paternity and child support. See, if you get him kicked out or convicted by court martial (if that even would happen, which it may very likely...

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  5. How do I file a congressional inquiry.? I am in the military and was supposed to receive an enlistment bonus of $8,000.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Steven P. Shewmaker
    2. Daniel Boone Mitchell
    3. Phillip Edward Stackhouse
    4. Jason Carl Kennedy
    5. Rixon Charles Rafter III
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    You should get as much documentation from finance as you can. Take that along with your reenlistment contract to the Office of the Inspector General (IG). Ask the IG to review the matter for you and help. The IG should issue you a formal answer. If that does not resolve the matter, you would next want to take the matter to your Congressional representative. They will have a staff representative that frequently deals with military complaints. That representative will appreciate your...

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  6. A unwed unemployed mother. Can the father get custody of my child?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven P. Shewmaker
    2. Glen Edward Ashman
    3. William M. Brownell Jr.
    4. Rachel Aliza Elovitz
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    You should file a petition for paternity. This sort of petition seeks to establish a parental link between your child and his father. The purpose of a paternity action is only to seek and obtain child support. If he is wise, he will seek a legitimation in response. This will seek to establish parental rights for him, such as visitation rights and possibly decision-making authority. As I tell fathers in these situations, "She is seeking child support, which she will very likely get....

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  7. Can I get custody of my son? Do I have equal rights since nothing has been filed?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Glen Edward Ashman
    2. Steven P. Shewmaker
    3. John Arnold Steakley
    4. Michael John O'Hagan
    5. Rachel Aliza Elovitz
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    Yours is a great question. It is quite frequently misunderstood by attorneys even! You - my friend - are what the law calls “A Stranger to the Child”. You can say that you are the father all day long, scream it from the rooftops until you are blue in the face, but you are not yet a father. Even your parents have more rights to that child right now in Georgia than you do! Now, you may be the biological child, and good for you. Now, STEP UP, and go to court. File a Petition to...

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  8. Pro Bono Work

    Answered 11 months ago.

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    2. Steven P. Shewmaker
    3. Alexis Leone Hamilton
    4. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
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  9. Can my ex demand a specific form of payment for divorce settlement? and if I do not comply, can she file contempt charges?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Steven P. Shewmaker
    2. Glen Edward Ashman
    3. Emily Su-Hwa Yu
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    Above all, make certain that you (1) continue to make the payments in the proper amount and (2) on time. You are absolutely correct to want to have a means to prove that you made payments. Do not ever pay in cash, give away your proof or lose it. In a contest between you and your ex-wife, a "he said - she said", the judge can go with either one of you. That is an unnecessary risk. Here is what you should do. Make the payment. Email her a scanned copy of this bottom portion. You keep...

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  10. So how long will I do in jail?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. John Arnold Steakley
    2. Steven P. Shewmaker
    3. Michael David Barber Jr.
    4. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    5. George F. Mccranie IV
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    This cannot be answered with great accuracy. The standard of proof for a probation violation is lower than the standard for a new charge to sustain. So, your PO could try to violate you for the moving violation even if the police did not charge you. If the PO does that, you are probably looking at a general violation, which carries not more than two (2) years, if you have even that much tim remaining. In all likelihood, little to nothing will occur, so long as you have not bee a problem...

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