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Glen Edward Ashman

Glen Ashman’s Answers

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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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  • Could I file for bankruptcy against the deficiency balance?

    I have had my car for 2.6 years. I have not missed a payment. I owe double what the car is worth. My wife and I just purchased a brand new car with a real dealership and our rates are way better. We did this because we believe the current car I ow...

    Glen’s Answer

    Assuming that you otherwise qualify for a chapter 7 bankruptcy (or a 13 that pays less than a dollar on the dollar), the deficiency from a repo is generally dischargeable. It is important that you discuss options with a lawyer before you start turning in and buying cars, so you don't inadvertantly do things that would hurt filing (and so you know all your options).

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  • Do I need a lawyer or should I let the insurance company handle it?

    I was in a car accident yesterday and my car was totaled out. It was the other driver fault but this is my first time being in an accident and I don't really know how the process work.

    Glen’s Answer

    The answer depends on what you didn't tell us (were you hurt at all?). If you were hurt it is essential that you see your doctor or an ER today (unless you already did) both for medical reasons and legal ones. It is also hugely important to NOT talk to the insurers and to get a lawyer to protect your interests and claims. (If you are 100% sure there are no injuries you can deal with the insurer but be aware that many injuries take more than a day to bother you).

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