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Gwinnett Legal Aid projects

Posted by Sherlyn Selassie at 3:59 pm on September 4, 2018

Gwinnett Family Violence Project

(678) 376-9844

FREE legal advice and/or representation for Petitioners obtaining temporary protection, modifying protective orders, and enforcing protective orders. No assistance provided for filing the petition for temporary protective order. For help or more information, call the number above and leave a message.  Someone from Gwinnett Family Violence Project will return your call and assess your eligibility for services under our income and citizenship guidelines.


Gwinnett Public Benefits Project

(678) 407-6469

FREE legal advice and/or representation to people appealing a decision by the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) that affects TANF, SNAP/Food Stamp, Medicaid or Childcare Assistance benefits.  For help or more information, call the number above and leave a message.  Someone from Gwinnett Legal Aid will return your call.


Hispanic Outreach Law Project

(678) 407-6462

FREE legal advice and/or representation for Spanish-speakers with civil legal problems. For help or more information, call the number above and leave a message in Spanish or English.  Someone from the Hispanic Outreach Project will return your call and assess your eligibility for services under our income and citizenship guidelines.

Asesoramiento legal y/o representación GRATIS para personas que hablan español con problemas legales civiles. Para obtener ayuda o más información, llame al número indicado arriba y deje un mensaje en español o inglés. Alguien del proyecto hispano le devolverá la llamada y evaluará su elegibilidad para los servicios según nuestras pautas de ingresos y ciudadanía.


Legal Aid in the Law Library

FREE weekly general information sessions and individual legal consultations by Legal Aid attorneys and volunteers. Registration is required. Click here for more details.


On-site clinics

Consumer Law Clinic

Are you being sued for a debt?  Are your wages being garnished? Do you have problems with a landlord?  Do you need to file a small claims suit? Do you have a court date coming up?

2nd Thursday of each month

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center

Breezeway

75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA

No appointment necessary.

First come, first served.

Last client accepted at 4:00 pm

 


Probate Clinic

Free consultations with local probate attorneys to answer questions regarding wills, estates, probates, administrations, guardianships, conservatorship, and more….

3rd Thursday of each month

1:30 – 4:00 pm

Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center

Breezeway

75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA

No appointment necessary.

First come, first served.

Last client accepted at 4:00 pm

LEGAL AID OFFICES AND HOTLINES

Gwinnett County

324 W. Pike St., Suite 200, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

(678) 376-4545

Cobb County

30 S. Park Square, Marietta, GA 30090

(770) 528-2565

DeKalb County

246 Sycamore St., Suite 120, Decatur, GA 30030

(404) 377-0701

Clayton and South Fulton Counties

777 Cleveland Ave., Suite 410, Atlanta, GA 30315

(404) 669-0233

Fulton County

54 Ellis St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

(404) 524-5811

TTD/TTY Users

Georgia Relay Center

1-800-255-0135

Georgia Senior Legal Hotline

Statewide assistance for Georgia residents age 60 and older. 

1-888-257-9519

Home Defense Project

Home equity scams, home purchase scams, predatory mortgage lending, wrongful denial of mortgage refinancing

(404) 377-0701


Legal Aid in the Law Library Sessions

Posted by Sherlyn Selassie at 4:09 pm on June 11, 2018

 

Learn more about Gwinnett Legal Aid and all of the legal resources available at the Homer M. Stark Law Library located on the lower level in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

1:00:  Arrive promptly to reserve your appointment slot. Online registration is REQUIRED to schedule a consultation.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Group Presentation

Explore general civil law (non-criminal) topics and discover where you can get legal help and find legal resources.

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm:  attorney consultations first come, first served (limited availability)

 Get general legal advice, information, resources and referrals from an attorney. Please indicate your questions in the comments section of the registration page.

Register here


Requesting a fee waiver from the court

Posted by Sherlyn Selassie at 4:10 pm on May 23, 2018

Complete all of your financial information on this form if you are asking to have the filing and service/publication costs waived in your case. A judge will make a decision concerning your application and inform you whether or not you have been granted indigent status.

Affidavit of Indigence and Eligibility to Proceed In Forma Pauperis

 


Passports for Children

Posted by Sherlyn Selassie at 4:02 pm on August 16, 2017

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If your child will need to travel internationally, you should make sure the child has a valid passport, if possible. If the child is under 16, then generally both parents must go with the child to apply for the passport.

Applying and you have parental consent for a passport

Applying without parental consent

Parents can apply for a passport for their child without the other parent’s consent if you can demonstrate there is an emergency or special circumstances why the other parent cannot sign the consent form, or where you as the applying parent can prove you have sole custody of the child.

Emergencies
Sole Custody
Tips for applying for a child’s passport without consent

Make and keep copies

Make a copy of everything you plan to submit to the Department of State and keep all of those documents together for your records.

Denials

If the application is denied, please contact a lawyer immediately. You can apply for an appeal and try again, but you must do so right away. The attorney could also advise you about applying for sole custody if necessary.

Children born outside of the United States

If your child was born in another country, check with that country’s embassy or consulate to find out what you will need to obtain a passport from that country. The embassy may advise you of other considerations as well, including the possibility of obtaining dual citizenship for your child, if eligible. You can find the closest embassy to you at https://www.visahq.com/embassies.

For more information

We recommend you visit https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/under-16.html for additional information and requirements to apply for a passport on behalf of a minor child.


School Enrollment

Posted by Sherlyn Selassie at 4:00 pm on August 16, 2017

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Under O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.1, a person who is caring for a child in their home is required to enroll that child in school.  Under Georgia State Department of Education Rule 160-5-1-.28(b)any person who is caring for a child in their home is allowed to enroll the child in school, even if the caregiver does not have any formal custody or guardianship order.

Non-Parental Affidavit

The school district may require the caregiver to complete a Non-Parental Affidavit, but the school district cannot require custody or guardianship papers.

Kinship Caregiver Affidavit

Additionally, the school district may ask a caregiver to sign a Kinship Caregiver Affidavit.  The Kinship Care Affidavit  is not required to enroll a child in school, but it will allow a caregiver to consent to services which usually require parental consent.  Those services are:

  1. Educational services;
  2. Medical services directly related to academic enrollment; and
  3. Curricular or extracurricular activities.

Provisional Enrollment

If the school district has any questions about the child’s eligibility to enroll, the school district is required to provisionally enroll the child for 30 days, pursuant to Rule 160-5-1-.28(c), to allow the caregiver time to resolve the problem without having the child miss school.


Información en español

Posted by Sherlyn Selassie at 11:45 am on November 14, 2016

La oficina de Ayuda Legal de Gwinnett provee asesoría y representación legal gratuita a personas elegibles.

No recomendamos que usted se represente a si mismo si no habla y/o entiende el inglés con fluidez.  Le recomendamos enfáticamente que obtenga un abogado que le ayude.  Sin embargo, si ya tiene un caso pendiente, le recomendamos lo siguiente:

1. Llame a la oficina de Ayuda Legal de Gwinnett en el (678) 376-4545 para más asistencia.  Puede ser que podamos ofrecerle asesoramiento o representación ante un tribunal.

2. Si ya tiene un caso, y aún no ha presentado una Moción para Nombrar un Intérprete, debe hacerlo inmediatamente.  Esta es una solicitud para que el juez  tenga un intérprete disponible traduciendo para usted durante la fecha de su corte. La forma necesita es:

Motion to Appoint an Interpreter

Debe notificar al tribunal al menos 5 días antes de la fecha de la corte. La corte puede cobrarle por cualquier retraso causado si usted no avisa con anticipación que necesita un intérprete.

Si cancela o reprograma su fecha de corte, debe notificar al tribunal al menos 24 horas de antelación para que el tribunal pueda notificar al intérprete del cambio. Si usted no notifica a la corte el cambio, cualquier costo de intérprete puede ser cargado en su contra.


¿En que difiere un notario público en los E.E.U.U. de un Notario Público de un país latino?

Un Notario estadounidense no es lo mismo que un notario de un país Latino Americano. En muchos países de habla hispana, un “notario” es un abogado licenciado o una persona con educación formal en la ley. En los EE.UU. un “notario” NO es un abogado licenciado. Es alguien designado por el gobierno para presenciar la firma de documentos importantes y administrar juramentos. Aquí en los EE.UU. notarios estan prohibidos de preparar documentos legales o dar consejería legal, a menos de que el notario sea además un abogado licenciado. “Notarios” a menudo se aprovechan de los inmigrantes que son nuevos en este país y no están familiarizados con nuestro sistema legal. Los notarios pueden cobrar cuotas muy altas por servicios que nunca proporcionan o que no tienen el derecho legal de ofrecer, y pueden causar daños permanentes en su caso. Puede confirmar que usted esta tratando con un abogado y no un “notario” poniéndose en contacto con el Colegio o Barra de Abogados de Georgia.

How does the U.S. Notary differ from a Notario Público from a Latin American Country?

A U.S. Notary is not the same as a “Notario Público” from a Latin American Country. In many Spanish-speaking countries, a “notario” is a licensed attorney or a person with formal education in the law. In the U.S., a notary is NOT a licensed attorney. It is someone appointed by the government to witness the signing of important documents and administer oaths. Here in the U.S., notaries are forbidden from preparing legal documents or giving advice on any legal matters, unless the notary is also a licensed attorney. “Notarios” often take advantage of immigrants who are new to this country and are unfamiliar with our legal system. Notarios may charge high fees for help that they never provide or is illegal for them to provide and can sometimes permanently damage your case. You can confirm that you are dealing with an attorney and not a “notario” by contacting the State Bar of Georgia.


Find a private attorney

Posted by Sherlyn Selassie at 9:30 am on September 26, 2016

The decision to hire an attorney is a very important one. The following attorneys or law firms may offer sliding scale or limited services options. Please note that Gwinnett Legal Aid is providing this information as a courtesy, but is not recommending any specific attorney or organization.

 

Chevelle D. Douglas

Douglas Law Group

Phone: (678) 534-2490


Tiana P. Garner

Garner Law, LLC

Phone: (678) 252-9240


Benjamin Adam Lilly

The Lilly Law Firm

Phone(678) 807-9150


Patricia McKenzie

Law Offices of Patricia A. McKenzie

Phone: (770) 254-1793


Carlton Rouse Esq.

Rouse & Co. LLC

Phone: (678) 383-0403


Dorothy “Dodie” Sachs

O’Kelley & Sorohan, Attorneys At Law, LLC

Phone: (678) 942-1563


Lynn Sturges

The Law Office of Lynn H. Sturges

Phone: (678) 528-9470

 


JUSTICE CAFÉ

Provides “unbundled” or limited services for $75 per hour

(678) 791-0734



ATLANTA BAR MODEST MEANS PROGRAM

Additionally, the Atlanta Bar has a low to moderate income attorney referral program. They can be reached by calling (404) 521-0777 or by visiting their website to complete the online application at: http://atlantabar.site-ym.com/?page=MMonlineapplication



LAWYERS FOR EQUAL JUSTICE

(404) 474-7447

Online assistance request form: https://lawyersforequaljustice.legal.io/intake/new


ACCESS TO LAW FOUNDATION

(770) 685-1499

Online assistance request form: http://accesstolawfoundation.org/contact-us/


 

GWINNETT COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION ATTORNEY REFERRAL

For a list of other private attorneys practicing family law, you may also contact the Gwinnett County Bar Association for an attorney referral.

 

The referral information in this publication is provided as a resource, only, and is not Gwinnett Legal Aid/Gwinnett Family Law Clinic’s endorsement of any individual practitioner, firm, or organization.

 


Parenting Plans

Posted by Roshonda Davis-Baugh at 9:51 am on May 9, 2016

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Parenting Plans must be completed in any action involving child custody (divorce, separate maintenance, legitimation, modification). Below are several forms to assist you in developing the plan that will work best for your family.

Blank parenting plan

Select your own provisions based on your family’s special circumstances.

Standard parenting plan

Includes provisions such as joint legal custody, alternating weekends, alternating holidays and two weeks of summer vacation. You may customize provisions as needed.

Long distance parenting plan

The non-custodial parent lives out of state.

Sole custody to petitioner

This plan is intended for the following situations:

  • The non-custodial parent cannot be located
  • The non-custodial parent is incarcerated

Graduated Visitation

This plan is intended for limited special circumstances to give the child and visiting parent time to adjust to visitation over a 12-month period.

Joint Parenting Plans (50/50)

Attorney consultation is recommended.


When you need two (2) separate Parenting Plans:

If you are filing a divorce or separate maintenance, and you have biological children with the Defendant and children who were not fathered or adopted by the husband, you will need:

  1. One of the blank, standard, or long distance plans listed above; AND
  2. One sole custody plan for the child(ren) who are not the husband’s biological/adopted child(ren).

Additional resources and contacts

Posted by Sherlyn Selassie at 3:12 pm on March 17, 2016

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Gwinnett Family Violence Project

(678) 376-9844

FREE legal advice and/or representation for Petitioners obtaining temporary protection, modifying protective orders, and enforcing protective orders. No assistance provided for filing the petition for temporary protective order. For help or more information, call the number above and leave a message.  Someone from Gwinnett Family Violence Project will return your call and assess your eligibility for services under our income and citizenship guidelines.


Gwinnett Public Benefits Project

(678) 407-6469

FREE legal advice and/or representation to people appealing a decision by the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) that affects TANF, SNAP/Food Stamp, Medicaid or Childcare Assistance benefits.  For help or more information, call the number above and leave a message.  Someone from Gwinnett Legal Aid will return your call.


Hispanic Outreach Law Project

(678) 407-6462

FREE legal advice and/or representation for Spanish-speakers with civil legal problems. For help or more information, call the number above and leave a message in Spanish or English.  Someone from the Hispanic Outreach Project will return your call and assess your eligibility for services under our income and citizenship guidelines.

Asesoramiento legal y/o representación GRATIS para personas que hablan español con problemas legales civiles. Para obtener ayuda o más información, llame al número indicado arriba y deje un mensaje en español o inglés. Alguien del proyecto hispano le devolverá la llamada y evaluará su elegibilidad para los servicios según nuestras pautas de ingresos y ciudadanía.


Legal Aid in the Law Library

FREE weekly general information sessions and individual legal consultations by Legal Aid attorneys and volunteers. Registration is required. Click here for more details.


On-site clinics

Consumer Law Clinic

Are you being sued for a debt?  Are your wages being garnished? Do you have problems with a landlord?  Do you need to file a small claims suit? Do you have a court date coming up?

2nd Thursday of each month

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center

Breezeway

75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA

No appointment necessary.

First come, first served.

Last client accepted at 4:00 pm

 


Probate Clinic

Free consultations with local probate attorneys to answer questions regarding wills, estates, probates, administrations, guardianships, conservatorship, and more….

3rd Thursday of each month

1:30 – 4:00 pm

Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center

Breezeway

75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA

No appointment necessary.

First come, first served.

Last client accepted at 4:00 pm

LEGAL AID OFFICES AND HOTLINES

Gwinnett County

324 W. Pike St., Suite 200, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

(678) 376-4545

Cobb County

30 S. Park Square, Marietta, GA 30090

(770) 528-2565

DeKalb County

246 Sycamore St., Suite 120, Decatur, GA 30030

(404) 377-0701

Clayton and South Fulton Counties

777 Cleveland Ave., Suite 410, Atlanta, GA 30315

(404) 669-0233

Fulton County

54 Ellis St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

(404) 524-5811

TTD/TTY Users

Georgia Relay Center

1-800-255-0135

Georgia Senior Legal Hotline

Statewide assistance for Georgia residents age 60 and older. 

1-888-257-9519

Home Defense Project

Home equity scams, home purchase scams, predatory mortgage lending, wrongful denial of mortgage refinancing

(404) 377-0701

Gwinnett Legal Aid/ Gwinnett Pro Bono Project

Free legal advice or representation to low income individuals

678-376-4545

OTHER CONTACTS


Homer M. Stark Law Library

A place to research your legal issue

770-822-8577


Gwinnett County Clerk’s Office

770-822-8100

Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department

770-822-8200


 


List of Every Form

Posted by Sherlyn Selassie at 3:39 pm on March 11, 2016

This page lists every form which can be downloaded and printed. Some forms are available as PDF documents that can be typed. 

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ADMINISTRATIVE COURT FORMS

These forms are required by the Court for family law cases

  1. Domestic relations case filing information form
  2. Domestic relations case final disposition form
  3. Mutual Restraining Order
  4. Parenting Workshop Order
  5. Report of divorce
  6. Standing Order Child Support Computation
  7. Summons

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND AGREEMENTS

  1. Acknowledgement of service (generic, case without settlement agreement)
  2. Acknowledgment of service – divorce with children
  3. Acknowledgement of service and consent (generic, case with settlement agreement)
  4. Acknowledgement of service and consent to venue (generic, no settlement agreement)
  5. Consent- Birth Certificate Amendment
  6. Consent- Modification Custody
  7. Consent – Name Change Child
  8. Legitimation acknowledgment and consent
  9. Settlement agreement with children
  10. Settlement agreement withOUT children

AFFIDAVITS

An affidavit is a sworn statement made under oath. The affidavit is submitted in support of a claim or request included in your complaint/petition.

  1. Affidavit of custody election (prior order)
  2. Affidavit of custody election (no prior order)
  3. Affidavit of Diligent Search
  4. Affidavit of Indigence and Eligibility to Proceed in Forma Pauperis  (Pauper’s Affidavit/request for fee waiver)
  5. Affidavit of Single Status (marriage certificate applicants)
  6. Affidavit in Support of Birth Certificate Amendment
  7. Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit
  8. Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit (Excel calculator)

COMPLAINTS AND PETITIONS

A complaint or petition is the primary document which is filed to initiate a court case and indicates the type of case which is being filed.

  1. Annulment Complaint
  2. Birth Certificate Amendment petition
  3. Birth Certificate Amendment – ENGLISH (interactive online form)
  4. Birth Certificate Amendment – SPANISH (interactive online form)
  5. Contempt petition (general form for Gwinnett County orders)
  6. Contempt and modification of child support
  7. Declaration of Sole Custody
  8. Divorce Complaint-with children
  9. Divorce complaint (no children)
  10. Legitimation and custody petition
  11. Modification of Custody and Child Support
  12. Modification of Child Support and Alimony petition
  13. Name Change -ADULT 
  14. Name Change -CHILD 
  15. Registration and contempt of Support 
  16. Registration Enforcement Custody 
  17. Registration and Enforcement of Support
  18. Registration and Modification of Custody
  19. Registration and Modification of Support 
  20. Registration Contempt and Modification of Custody
  21. Registration Contempt and Modification of Support
  22. Separate maintenance complaint with Children
  23. Separate maintenance complaint withOUT Children
  24. Support petition(establish child support-no paternity issues)
  25. Support and Paternity

DISCOVERY

  1. Discovery Responses_DEFENDANT_Admissions
  2. Discovery Responses_DEFENDANT_Interrogatories
  3. Discovery Response_DEFENDANT_Notice to Produce
  4. Discovery Response to Admissions-PLAINTIFF
  5. Discovery Response to Interrogatories-PLAINTIFF
  6. Discovery Response to Notice to Produce-PLAINTIFF
  7. Request for Production of Documents & Notice to Produce
  8. Request for Production of Documents to Employer
  9. Request for Production of Documents-NON PARTY (financial institutions)

 

GENERAL FORMS

  1. Certificate of Service
  2. Rule Nisi (notice of temporary hearing)
  3. Verification
  4. Voluntary dismissal (Defendant’s)
  5. Voluntary dismissal (Plaintiff’s)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Child Support Slideshow
  2. How to File Your Motion
  3. Instructions for service by private process server
  4. Instructions for service by Gwinnett County Sheriff
  5. Instructions for service by publication
  6. Instructions for sheriff service outside of Gwinnett
  7. Instructions for voluntary Acknowledgement of Service

MOTIONS

  1. Motion to Appoint an Interpreter
  2. Motion for Contempt
  3. Motion for Reconsideration
  4. Motion for Service by Publication
  5. Motion to Appoint an Interpreter
  6. Motion to Appoint Private Process Server
  7. Motion to Consolidate
  8. Motion to Terminate Income Deduction Order
  9. Motion to Transfer Venue

NOTICES

  1. Notice of Birth Certificate Amendment (with order)
  2. Notice of Change of Address
  3. Notice of Adult Name Change
  4. Notice of Filing Name Change – Minor Child
  5. Notice of Lis Pendens
  6. Notice of Publication (general)
  7. Notice of voluntary dismissal-DEFENDANT
  8. Notice of voluntary dismissal-PLAINTIFF

ORDERS

The orders on this website are proposed drafts which are submitted for the judge to sign. 

  1. Birth Certificate Amendment Order
  2. Child Support Addendum
  3. Divorce Final Judgment and Decree – WITH children
  4. Divorce Final Judgment and Decree – without children
  5. Adult Name Change Order
  6. Name Change Minor Child Order
  7. Publication Order (general)
  8. Temporary Order
  9. Termination of parental rights (divorce cases only)

PACKETS

  1. Annulment Packet
  2. Birth certificate amendment packet
  3. Contempt Packet (for Gwinnett County orders)
  4. Contempt and modification of support packet
  5. Declaration of sole custody packet (for passport consent issues)
  6. Divorce with children packet
  7. Divorce without minor children packet
  8. Establishment of custody
  9. Establishment of support and paternity packet
  10. Legitimation Packet
  11. Modification of child support-alimony packet
  12. Modification of custody packet
  13. Name Change – ADULT packet
  14. Name change- Minor Child packet
  15. Publication packet
  16. Registration and contempt of custody packet
  17. Registration and contempt of support packet
  18. Registration-contempt-modification of custody packet
  19. Registration-contempt-modification of support packet
  20. Registration-modification of support packet
  21. Registration-modification of custody packet
  22. Separate maintenance with children packet
  23. Separate maintenance without children packet
  24. Support packet – no paternity issue (establish child support)

PARENTING PLANS

These are proposed parenting time arrangements to indicate to the judge what custody arrangement you believe is in the best interests of your child(ren).

  1. Permanent Parenting Plan – BLANK
  2. Permanent Parenting Plan-GRADUATED time share
  3. Permanent Parenting Plan – STANDARD
  4. Permanent Parenting Plan-LONG DISTANCE
  5. Permanent Parenting Plan Order – sole custody to Plaintiff

POWER OF ATTORNEY

  1. Power of Attorney for care of a Minor Child

RESPONSES

Respond to a family law case which was filed against you in Gwinnett County 

  1. Annulment – Answer
  2. Annulment – Answer and Divorce Counterclaim
  3. Answer and Counterclaim (General)
  4. Annulment – Answer
  5. Divorce-Answer and Counterclaim (no children)
  6. Divorce – Answer and counterclaim (with children)
  7. Legitimation answer and counterclaim
  8. Separate maintenance with children – Answer
  9. Separate maintenance with children – Answer and Divorce Counterclaim
  10. Separate Maintenance answer (no children)
  11. Separate Maintenance Answer and Divorce Counterclaim (no children)

SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT

Support enforcement documents can only be utilized after you have already obtained an order for child support and alimony. The Georgia Department of Children and Family Services will only enforce alimony if there is also a current child support obligation.

ESTABLISHING INCOME WITHHOLDING
  1. Checklist
  2. FSR Registration Form
  3. Income Deduction Order (IDO)
  4. Income Withholding Order for Support (fillable version helpful hints)
  5. Notice To Payor
  6. Statement of Rights, Remedies, and Duties

For more information about enforcing child support, please visit: Georgia Child Support Services

TERMINATING INCOME WITHHOLDING
  1. Motion to Terminate Current Support Withholding
  2. Consent order terminating withholding

For more information, please visit: http://ido.georgiacourts.gov/content/terminate-iwo


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