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Merlinus Goodman Monroe

Gainesville Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Can my partners ex stop me seeing his child?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Merlinus Goodman Monroe
    2. David A. Canale
    3. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    3 lawyer answers

    Let me add that it appears, from your question, that he may have already legitimated the child - you said that he "had to get legal help in order for him to have contact", and that is exactly what legitimation would be the FIRST step towards. Since you have a child with him, and are engaged to be married to him, she isn't going to likely be able to control his life with you. Further, since you are irrevocably in the child's life, the visitation would necessarily include you. The short answer...

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  2. What are the penalities in Ga for 1st degree felony child cruelty if no prior criminal history?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Merlinus Goodman Monroe
    2. Noah Howard Pines
    3. Benjamin David Goldberg
    3 lawyer answers

    The relevant provision is Section 16-5-70 of the Georgia Code: "(a) A parent, guardian, or other person supervising the welfare of or having immediate charge or custody of a child under the age of 18 commits the offense of cruelty to children in the first degree when such person willfully deprives the child of necessary sustenance to the extent that the child's health or well-being is jeopardized. (b) Any person commits the offense of cruelty to children in the first degree when such...

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  3. Do the courts consider psychological tests, i.e. Rorschach test in helping to understand the mental health of a parent

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Merlinus Goodman Monroe
    2. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    3. Michael J. Olson
    3 lawyer answers

    The factors which the judge involved in a custody dispute (in which the standard is "the best interests of the child") may consider are enumerated in part in OCGA Section 19-9-3. These factors are listed in subsection (3) as including, but not being limited to, the following: "(A) The love, affection, bonding, and emotional ties existing between each parent and the child; (B) The love, affection, bonding, and emotional ties existing between the child and his or her siblings, half...

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  4. Can I get a change of venue on visitation modification?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Merlinus Goodman Monroe
    2. Anthony M. Zezima
    3. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    3 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, this will be very difficult to undo. It *is* possible to get this transferred on forum non conveniens grounds. You filed, and he Answered with a Counterclaim for full custody and a venue challenge. That means the Venue Challenge must be heard first, in Jefferson. For child custody matters, I have consistently found Jefferson to be a fair place, that is genuinely concerned about the well-being of children. You are going to need a persuasive lawyer, and I wish you the best...

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  5. What to do when the legal custodial parent in joint custody hides/refuses contact with other parent ?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Merlinus Goodman Monroe
    2. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    3. Steven Alan Fink
    3 lawyer answers

    The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (the UCCJEA) is a great way to go about dealing with this situation. Judge Jerry Bruce, who is the current Juvenile Court Judge in that Circuit, has a good understanding of the statute (as others on this site said, it is a compact that has been signed on in similar form throughout the South, at least, and the issue of child custody across State lines arises often in that part of the State, where the line with North Carolina is blurred)....

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  6. How can I change my daughters last name to my same sex partners last name

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Glen Edward Ashman
    2. Merlinus Goodman Monroe
    3. Jocelyn Powell Daniell
    4. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    To add to what my colleague told you (which is good advice - it appears that the legal impediments barring same-sex marriage will shortly be stricken down, and it would probably be in your best interests to be married and adopt, instead; it would definitely provide advantages that a mere name-change does not), you won't have to necessarily "identify" the father, if you don't know who that is, but you *will* have to make a legitimately dilligent search for him. Remember - he has a right to take...

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  7. Can my soon to be ex-wife move 60 miles away with my children and enroll them in a new school without the court's permission?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Andrew Frasier Wehunt
    2. Anthony M. Zezima
    3. Merlinus Goodman Monroe
    4. Glen Edward Ashman
    4 lawyer answers

    To add to these answers, and to provide yet a THIRD voice to tell you that you MUST NOT try to navigate this on your own (things like this happen in divorces, and you should not risk such a serious, serious life event without the guidance of an experienced attorney), ask your counsel about filing a motion for contempt of that (presumed) standing Order, and of the (presumed) Temporary Order, both of which likely expressly address taking a child out of the school they are in and moving them...

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  8. The judge granted a motion to dismiss for one of the parties then issued an order granting a summary judgment for the others.

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Merlinus Goodman Monroe
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2 lawyer answers

    If it disposes of the case finally, it is a "final order" for purposes of appeal. The date on the stamped, filed Order begins the clock/timetable for appeals, whether there are findings of fact made or not.

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  9. If grandparents rights are awarded and the parent changes visitation a lot so that you cannot let the child see their sibling...

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Glen Edward Ashman
    2. Merlinus Goodman Monroe
    3. Dene Matthews
    3 lawyer answers

    It is unclear whether you have been awarded grandparent visitation rights to one child only, but if the children are siblings, it should be quite possible (barring other factors not known) to modify the visitation rights to maximize that visitation. Contact your attorney, and get this done!

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  10. Went from 3 charges when arrested to 8 charges at arraignment...How is that possible?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Noah Howard Pines
    2. Merlinus Goodman Monroe
    3. Daniel Ray Partain
    4. John Arnold Steakley
    5. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    To expound on the correct answer by my colleague - the police make *a* charge, which is the essence of what you were charged with. However, the prosecutor actually looks closer at the evidence and determines every charge that is appropriate and provable in a court of law. The trafficking and manufacturing charges, together with the idea that there was apparently already a warrant from the DEA for your stepsister, indicates that you may be a tool in their prosecution of a "bigger fish"....

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