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Stephen M. Worrall

Stephen Worrall’s Answers

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  • Can I get compensation for supporting a domestic partner for over 3 years while she was trying to get SSI for medical reasons.

    I paid prescriptions, car payments for 2 years, ALL expenses for almost 4 years etc, while being promised repayment then denied. Anything she needed or wanted, I paid for, putting all my needs aside.

    Stephen’s Answer

    Under Georgia state law, alimony is only available for parties to a lawful marriage. Domestic partnerships provide only limited benefits under local law and have no legal affect on other remedies available in a divorce.

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  • How to readopt my adopted child in Georgia and what forms do I need to file? Are those forms available to download?

    Hello, I adopted a child from Asia last year and I would like to domesticate my child in Georgia. I went to the court to find out more how to file it but they advised me to search in the law library and do it by my own. The court doesn't have a...

    Stephen’s Answer

    I am the parent of an adopted child from China. As stated by my colleagues there are no forms for adoption. I would recommend you work with an attorney to complete the domestication in Georgia of the foreign adoption. Benefits of domestication include the ability to have a Georgia birth certificate issued (technically called a Certificate of Foreign Birth, but issued in English with your child's new name, if you changed the Childs name upon adoption).

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  • How is it possible for my child not to be legitimized when I signed the birth certificate and we got married?

    I had a child with a woman in 2013 and then we got married in August of 2015. Now we are about to go through a divorce and she says that I don't have my child legitimized and if she leaves then I will not see my child. And nothing I valued do abou...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Signing birth certificate is an acknowledgment of paternity (that you are biological father), not legitimation (that you are the legal father). But marrying the mother is legitimation under the law so you do have equal rights as parents unless and until the divorce court sets the allocation of parental responsibilities.

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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.

    Stephen’s Answer

    You may be able to adopt both children in a stepparent adoption. First, though, you must be the stepparent; that is, you and the mother must be married. If the biological father or fathers consent and surrender their parental
    rights, things will go more smoothly and quickly. Otherwise, you will need to prove the biological father or fathers failed to support his child for over 12 months or failed to communicate with the child for over 12 months.

    I agree with my colleague that you should not lie on a sworn legal document, the birth certificate. That is perjury and could result in harming your case at the least and an arrest and jail at the worst.

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  • I have 2 adopted children if in the case I should pass away will a notarized letter stating I want my biological son to raise th

    I am not getting any younger and I want to be prepared for the worse.

    Stephen’s Answer

    Georgia law requires guardian nominations to meet legal formalities, the same formalities as a will. This is too important for you to do it wrong. See a qualified lawyer to prepare a will and complete guardian nominations. If you do not, the probate court will decide who raises your children and it may not be the person you would want.

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  • Can a valid and binding prenup be created after marriage, or does it have to be done before marriage?

    Prenup after marriage

    Stephen’s Answer

    A prenuptial (meaning "before marriage" ) agreement is by definition done before a marriage. You could enter into a postnuptial ("after marriage") agreement doing the same thing.

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  • How do I get the divorce decree documents of my fiancee. He claims to have been divorce for 10 years and has not showed it to me

    Divorce decree documents

    Stephen’s Answer

    Divorce records in Georgia are generally public record. You just need to know what county he (or his former wife possibly) lived in at the time the case was filed. The Clerk of the Superior Court of each county maintains the divorce files.

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  • What can i do my daughter father had his wife adopt my daughter with out me knowing or signing anything is that legal

    What can i do my daughter father had his wife adopt my daughter with out me knowing or signing anything is that legal

    Stephen’s Answer

    A court in a stepparent adoption in Georgia can grant the adoption and thereby terminate the biological parent's legal relationship with the child if that parent has abandoned the child or has failed to support the child for 12 months or more or has failed to communicate with the child for 12 months or more. There should still be service of process so the parent has notice and an opportunity to object and present evidence that those factors did not exist.

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  • HOW DO YOU FILE CHARGES AGAINST A BIGAMIST?

    MY MOM GOT MARRIED ON 2/26/2002 AND NEVER DIVORCED FROM A MAN THAT HAS MARRIED ANOTHER WOMAN ON 3/27/2015. HE WAS ABLE TO GET A MARRIAGE LICENSE BECAUSE HE PRESENTED TO THE COURTS A MARRIAGE DISSOLUTION FROM A PRIOR MARRIAGE.

    Stephen’s Answer

    Bigamy is a crime. Only law enforcement officials can bring charges for a crime. As indicated in s prior answer you can alert law enforcement to the facts but it. Is within their discretion whether to charge or prosecute.

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  • How much does a uncontested divorce cost in Oconee county Ga

    been separated for over 6 years and wanting a divorce. (uncontested)

    Stephen’s Answer

    An uncontested divorce is one in which you and your spouse have agreed on all issues like child custody, parenting time, child support, alimony, division of property, etc. Do you have an agreement on all of these issues?

    Cost will depend on many factors which should be discussed with a lawyer to better evaluate the case and quote you a fee, either on an hourly basis or flat fee.

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