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Glen Edward Ashman

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  • What are her options, being she doesn't have any legal rights to the child? Please help!

    My friends husband and she are getting a divorce. They live in Georgia. They have three children combined. The oldest child is his from a previous relationship. He has joint, legal custody and is the primary, physical custodial parent of that chil...

    Glen’s Answer

    Unless she can work out something with both parents she has no rights or options.

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  • What do I need to do now? How to go about getting a good lawyer? What harm could she have done to our case?

    I was in an car accident and suffering from a back injury now. My girlfriend was in the car with me. We spoke to our insurance company and we are in need of a personal injury attorney. We haven't gotten one yet because we don't know how to tell la...

    Glen’s Answer

    While the insurance company lawyers will take her statement and look for ways to use it to their advantage, getting a lawyer now will minimize any damage. Definitely do no other statements and retain counsel quickly. AVVO is a good place to research the experience of a lawyer (if you stay away from the TV ad lawyers and look for someone with experience who is prompt on returning calls you will likely do fine). Call around and trust your instincts on who is a good fit.

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  • Do I have actual reasons to be able to take away parental rights?

    I would like to have my ex husbands parental rights removed. He hasn't paid child support in over a year, he is in and out of the children's lives, we're in court every month for contempt, and him and his girlfriend have taught my 4 year old daugh...

    Glen’s Answer

    Courts almost never terminate rights as that prevents future efforts to collect support. These type disputes can go very badly for you if you say the wrong things. Discuss this with your lawyer and see if you can get better results via contempt as to support, and if there is a need to modify visitation. Do not file anything pro se.

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  • How do I claim bankruptcy and would it be the best thing for me and my family

    I don't make enough to pay my school bill can I claim bankruptcy

    Glen’s Answer

    Most people cannot discharge student loans in bankruptcy (and we don't know if you otherwise qualify), so no one can really answer you without a complete look at your finances. That means call a lawyer and make an appointment which will either be free or have a nominal cost depending on the scope. Sometimes adjusting or eliminating other debts is also a reason to file, and small numbers of people do have options in bankruptcy with student loan debt. Additional options also may exist for student loans that your lawyer can discuss.

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  • If I adopt him before we get married, and put my name on his birth certificate, can the baby daddy come after her for custody?

    My fiancé and I are getting married in August. She has a son who I'm wanting to adopt. And we have been together since she was 6months pregnant. I was there when he was born, but she's the only one that signed the birth certificate.

    Glen’s Answer

    The smart move is to see an adoption lawyer now as you have the order of things backwards. A stepparent adoption happens AFTER, not BEFORE marriage. So the marriage comes first. And since some judges want that marriage to exist for a while before adoption, the sooner you marry the sooner you can adopt. (If you have some big wedding planned for August, simply do a fast courthouse wedding now, and you can still do a "ceremony" in August). In the meantime, do not play games and sign the birth certificate - besides being a crime, it will complicate things.

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  • How do I file for wage garnishment when the ex has moved from GA to CA?

    I have an established child support order after the divorce, however my ex-husband has never paid child support (it has been two years). He has moved to California and has not gotten a job yet but I'd like to get something in place to be able to h...

    Glen’s Answer

    The Georgia child support office can ask California to attempt to enforce the order. As for contempt a contempt here may be of minimal use unless he will come back to Georgia, and you may want to see if you can get a California attorney to enforce your order there.

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  • Will a modification help reduce and possibly lower my child support? I need a great lawyer! PLEASE HELP ME!

    I currently pay $560 monthly for one child in child support. I recently started my new job now they say I have to add him to my insurance. That's raises my insurance to around $120 bi-weekly. I have rent, bills and a new family. Her income has cha...

    Glen’s Answer

    You need to see a lawyer and share all the relevant numbers. Any new child support calculation takes many things you have not shared into account including both of your incomes, certain expenses of both parties, other dependents etc (but not bills, rent, etc), and other things. The lawyer can run the numbers and see if there is a good chance of reduction (sometimes the numbers may cause an increase so that's the first thing you need to know). Even if the numbers suggest a change, judges can deviate from the guidelines, and a lawyer will help you weigh the costs and chances. This is not something you'll figure out online (although you can get a general idea of the guidelines by completing the worksheet on the state child support website).

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  • Will she take half the debt?

    My wife and I have picked up on some debts loans, credit cards, etc. When we get divorced can she take half the load? Even though they are in my name but I'm the only one who had credit.

    Glen’s Answer

    Creditors will look to you regardless of the divorce outcome. In a divorce she could end up responsible for anywhere from 0% to 100% of the debt. See a lawyer ASAP. There is a right and wrong way to pursue this (and other issues) and you have the best chance for a decent outcome with counsel.

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  • What are grounds for terminating parental rights and how do you file the case?

    I am the custodial parent of my child by court order. The papers were messed up and there was a contradiction in the child support. The Divorce Decree states that the non-custodial parent doesn't have to pay child support (because I really didn't ...

    Glen’s Answer

    You likely cannot. Courts generally do not allow parents to waive support, and the fact you have not chosen to pursue it, or that it hasn't been paid, doesn't mean a judge will let you sever the obligation. There is an exception. If you marry and your new spouse wants to adopt, a court may and on these facts likely would sever rights as part of an adoption. When and if that happens in your life, call a lawyer.

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