Fathers’ Rights Success Stories

Below is a summary of a small sampling of case results that Edwards & Associates has obtained for our fathers clients within the past few years. Please note that every case is different, and past results may not be indicative of future results.

KB v. BJ – 2015 Fulton County

Father was a prominent doctor who was ordered to pay his daughter’s private school tuition.  He happily did so, and paid the mother $3500 in child support.  He was shocked to learn the Mother had enrolled the child in boarding school 11 miles away from her home.  This increased the tuition significantly, and Mother expected to continue to get her $3500 per month in child support for a child she had shipped off to boarding school.  The Mother spent $20,000 in attorney’s fees (our client paid significantly less under the flat fee system) and the Father got a 40% reduction in child support – the exact number we asked for at trial.

 

KD v. KA – 2014 Gwinnett County

We represented a Father of 5 children, only 1 of which was biologically his.  After a trial, he was awarded full custody of all the children.

WT v. BP- 2012 Fulton County – trial held September 2012

We represented a Father of a 8 year old girl. He was never married to the mother. He legitimated his daughter, and less than 2 years later, she announced a move to Utah in 2006. Since that time the mother moved several times. More importantly, the Father complained that the Mother passively aggressively alienated him from the child. A new boyfriend was called “daddy,” gifts from our client were thrown away, and the child was made to feel that anything associated with his Father, his new wife and ther daughter was beneath her or inferior. A Guardian ad Litem was appointed to the case. The Guardian found that the Mother did in fact express the alientating behaviors that the Father complained. In spite of that, she did recommend that Mother keep custody, but needed to change her behavior. The Court found that the child’s best interests were served by the child coming to live with the Father in Georgia for at least 18 months to counteract the Mother’s behavior and help to restore the bond between Father and daughter.

 


 

VJ v. VE- 2011 Gwinnett County – trial held August 2011

We represented a Father of a 5 year old boy. His ex-wife moved to Minnesota with her husband and new baby. A Guardian ad Litem was appointed to the case. The Guardian found that both were excellent parents who loved their son very much. The Court found that the child’s best interests were served by remaining with the Father in Georgia.


 

SB v. ST- 2011 Dekalb County – trial held April 2011

We represented a hardworking Father of 3 children. His wife left him with the children 2 years ago. She hired counsel a day before trial, and demanded return of the children, child support, $11,000 in attorneys fees, and over $270,000 in alimony. The Father kept custody of the children and was awarded child support. She was denied attorneys fees, and the judge ordered (at our request) the amount of less than $9,000 in alimony.

 


 

PJ v. PT- 2011 Forsyth County – trial held March 2011

We filed a modification of parenting time case in 2008 on behalf of the father of two young elementary -age daughters. He had been granted standard (every other weekend) visitation in the divorce. We did not represent him in the divorce. The children were failing in school and were in the bottom of their class. The Father asserted he felt he could help the children improve their grades by increasing his parenting time and having the children more often to help them with their schoolwork. The Court granted his request on temporary basis. The girls excelled under the Father’s extra parenting time, and now are on the honor roll at their school. Despite this success, Mother wanted to return to the previous schedule. The case went to trial in March 2011. The Court granted Father’s request to make the additional parenting time permanent. He now has parenting time 4-5 days of every week.

 


 

GJ v. JC – 2010 Gwinnett County – trial held September 2010

Trial update – The Father was granted physical custody of the children. The Mother was granted daytime visitation only of the children.

The Father came to us for a divorce case with two small sons, ages 2 and 1. The Mother (who had been a stay-at-home mother) had a history of domestic violence and mental instability and was admitted to a mental health facility for one week immediately prior to the divorce filing. The Mother fabricated claims of domestic violence against the Father in order to mitigate his claims. A consent TPO order was reached, wherein the Father was given custody. The Mother hired a mental health professional to testify at the temporary hearing that her recent acts of mental instability were insignificant and she should retain custody. The Father was awarded primary custody at the temporary hearing, and a Guardian ad Litem was appointed to the case.

 


 

BW v. BA – 2010 Dekalb County -update of case below-Finalized June 2010

The Father came back to us for a modification of custody in 2010. An emergency hearing was granted and a Guardian ad Litem appointed. Father now has full custody with the Mother having visitation every other weekend.

 


 

BW v. BA – 2009 Dekalb County

Father obtained week on / week off custody of son, age 9, despite heavy work travel schedule.

How obtained: The Court assigned a Guardian ad Litem, who evaluated both parties and their homes. The Guardian also talked to witnesses, both personal and from the school. The Guardian then recommended joint custody of the child, and the parties reached a consent order on the issue of custody.

 


 

WR v. CS – 2009 Fulton County-Finalized February 2010

Father obtained physical custody of son and daughter, ages 14 and 11.

How obtained: The parties were never married. The Father had raised the children in Delaware since 2001. The Father sent the children to the Mother in Georgia for the summer, and she refused to return them. A Guardian ad Litem was appointed to the case. The Guardian visited the children in Delaware and visited the Mother’s home in Georgia. The Guardian found that although the Mother’s home was suitable and the children would not be harmed in her care, the Father should have full custody, as he was a better custodian for the children. The Judge awarded sole legal and physical custody to the Father and the Mother was ordered to pay child support.

 


 

BC v. TB – 2009 Gwinnett County-Finalized December 2009

Father obtained physical custody of son and daughter, ages 7 and 8.

How obtained: The parties were previously married, and the Mother divorced the Father in 2007 by publication, after failing to disclose that she knew his whereabouts. Shortly after the divorce, the Mother sent the children to Alaska to live with the Father for two years. During the summer of 2009, the Father brought the children to the Mother, whom he had not seen during the two years. She then threw the Father out of the house, announced that she wanted custody, and prevented him from seeing the children at all. We obtained an emergency hearing in October, and the Father was given parenting time. The final hearing was specially set for December to allow for a decision prior to the resumption of school in January.

Update: The case went to trial December 21st, 2009. The Father was awarded physical custody and the Mother ordered to pay child support.

 


 

SJ v. TB – 2009 Gwinnett County-Finalized November 2009

Father obtained physical custody of son, age 10.

How obtained: The parties were never married, and the Father had not legitimated his son, although he had been very involved in raising him. The Mother allowed the son to stay with the Father for 2 years. Despite this, she suddenly insisted that she wanted him back. She attempted to take out a warrant on the Father for kidnapping. The warrant was denied. She then filed for custody of the son. After a lengthy hearing, the Judge awarded temporary custody to the Father and admonished the Mother for her selfishness. The case went to a final trial in November.

Update: The case went to trial November 12th, 2009. The Father was awarded physical custody and the Mother ordered to pay child support.

 


 

PD v. MK – 2009 Cobb County-Finalized 2010

Father was able to stop the Mother from suddenly moving to North Carolina with the minor child.

How obtained: The parties were never married, and the Father had not legitimated his son, although he had been very involved in his life The Mother announced on a Friday that she was moving the next Tuesday to North Carolina. Our client hired us, and we were able to draw up the necessary paperwork, and get her served the same day. We were able to serve her with an order preventing her from leaving the state.

Update: The parties and the attorneys went to mediation and reached an amicable settlement of joint custody of their son.

 


 

PD v. BA – 2009 Cobb County

Father obtained sole legal and physical custody of daughter, age 12.

How obtained: The Mother had a severe alcohol problem. She admitted to her alcohol problem and consented to give the Father sole custody.

 


 

BW v. BA – 2009 Dekalb County

Father obtained week on-/- week off custody of son, age 9, despite heavy work travel schedule.

How obtained: The Court assigned a Guardian ad Litem, who evaluated both parties and their homes. The Guardian also talked to witnesses, both personal and from the school. The Guardian then recommended joint custody of the child, and the parties reached a consent order on the issue of custody.

 


 

PB v. RV – 2009 Cobb County

Temporary Protective Order-/-Custody – Mother took out stalking order against Father for harassment. In truth, the Father was trying to contact the Mother so he could exercise visitation with his son. The restraining order was dismissed and the Father was awarded attorney’s fees. The Mother was held in contempt of court for withholding visitation. The Court then awarded temporary custody of the son to the Father.

How obtained: The Court assigned a Guardian ad Litem, who evaluated both parties and their homes. The Guardian also talked to witnesses, both personal and from the school. The Guardian then recommended primary physical custody of the child to remain with the Father.

 


 

FD v. FL – 2009 Hall County

Temporary Protective Order -Father obtained TPO against Mother. Father was awarded temporary primary physical custody of children, ages 9 and 4.

How obtained: The Court had a hearing on the merits of the TPO. After hearing the evidence, the judge issued the restraining order TPO against the Mother and awarded the Father custody of the children.

 


 

AT v. BH – 2009 Fulton County

Father obtained primary physical custody of son, age 2.

How obtained: The Court assigned a social worker to the case. After performing a home visit, she determined that the father should have sole legal and physical custody of the child. The judge agreed, and the Father was awarded sole legal and physical custody of the child and was awarded child support from the Mother.


 

AV v. GV – 2008 Fulton County

Father obtained primary physical custody of daughter, age 13.

How obtained: Parties reached consent order in the face of overwhelming negative evidence gathered against the Mother.


 

BT v. CG – 2008 Dekalb County

Father obtained primary physical custody of daughter, age 2.

How obtained: Mother did not appear for court.

 


 

DM v. AC – 2007 Fulton County

Father obtained primary physical custody of son, age 1.

How obtained: Mother did not appear for court.

 


 

HS v. JS – 2007 Cobb County

Husband objected to paying alimony to Wife, as she was having an affair at the time of separation. Wife requested $100,000 in total alimony payments, citing 15-year marriage and stay-at-home caretaker of the children.

How obtained: The case went to trial, and the judge denied the request for alimony.

 


 

CS. V KR – 2007 Gwinnett County

Father obtained primary physical custody of son and daughter, ages 12 and 11.

How obtained: Parties reached consent order in the face of overwhelming negative evidence gathered against the Mother.

 


 

NA v. ET – 2007 Cobb County

Father obtained primary physical custody of son and daughter, ages 7 and 4.

How obtained: Parties reached consent order in the face of overwhelming negative evidence gathered against the Mother

 


 

EC v. GC – 2007 Forsyth County

Husband received lifetime alimony from Wife. Husband received $55,000 of Wife’s retirement funds. Wife agreed to pay $3000 of Husband’s attorney’s fees.

How obtained: Parties reached consent order.

 


 

LS v. DS – 2007 Fulton County

Father obtained a Temporary Protective Order against the mother and obtained primary physical custody of daughter, age 6 months.


 

LS v. DS 2008 Dekalb County

Divorce – The Father kept primary physical custody of daughter on a permanent basis.

How obtained: After the TPO was issued in Fulton, the divorce proceeded in Dekalb. A Guardian ad Litem was appointed to represent the interests of the child. The Guardian ad Litem recommended that the Father have custody. The case went to trial and the Father won custody at trial.

 


 

VAA v. ADT – 2007 Cobb County

Father obtained sole physical custody of son, age 6.

How obtained: The Mother had gone to prison and attempted to give guardianship to her mother. The Father overrode the guardianship. The case went to trial and the Father won full custody at trial.

 


 

RH v. JLH – 2006 Forsyth County

Father obtained primary physical custody of son, age 15, who was not biologically his child.

How obtained: The Mother originally agreed to allow the Father to have custody. She then changed her mind and eventually attempted to overturn the agreement. The case went to trial and the Father won custody at trial.

 


 

SS v. KS. – 2005 Gwinnett County

Father obtained joint physical custody of daughter, age 2. He obtained week on / week off visitation.

How obtained: The Mother was opposed to the joint custody schedule. The case went to trial and the Father won joint custody at trial.

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