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What forms do I need to file for custody in Gwinnett County, Ga?

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I'm a father living in Florida. My children reside with their mother in Georgia. I will be in Georgia soon. I need to know what forms I will need to submit a custody petition in Gwinnett County Superior Court.

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No forms. You need an experienced custody attorney.

I am exclusively a family law attorney, practicing primarily in the metro Atlanta, Georgia trial courts. However, I handle appeals from anywhere in Georgia.


You didn't say whether you were married to the mother at one point or not. If you were not married to the mother, and you have not legitimated the child, you need to file for legitimation and custody. If you were married to the mother, then you will need to file for a modification of custody. Neither of these are a matter of submitting simple forms. These kind of cases involve substantial factual inquiry, production of evidence and perhaps multiple hearings or trial. Aside from that, there are procedural hurdles that many pro se litigants struggle with. I strongly suggest getting an EXPERIENCED family law attorney to help you with this.


Several courts including Fulton, Dekalb and Gwinnett do have some forms online. But be aware that forms are a great way to make sure your case goes VERY badly. Custody cases involve far more than filing forms. Do you know how to do discovery, conduct mediation, present a case to a judge, file motions, understand the rules of evidence etc. Do you even know WHAT kind of case to file in yoyur facts (which you omitted) - legitimization, modification, etc.

Wait until you can afford a lawyer and do this right. Filing pro se is a great way to lose.

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I couldn't agree with this more.


The only form you need to sign is a check to hire an experienced family law attorney. The custody of your children isn't something you want to try to do on the cheap. Treat it as important as it is.

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