Amoakuh v. IssakaAnnotate this Case
Eddie Amoakuh (“Father”) appealed a trial court order finding him in contempt, modifying child custody and child support, and awarding attorney’s fees. Father and Mariama Issaka (“Mother”) were divorced in 2010; at that time they had three minor children. Under a 2012 court order modifying the prior child custody arrangement, the two children who were still minors moved to the United Kingdom with Mother, who became their primary physical custodian; Father was granted visitation during the summer months, and at any time he was in the United Kingdom, or in the place of “Mother’s residence.” Father’s child support obligation was set at $150 per month. In 2014, Mother had become a resident of Ghana; one child was still a minor, and a dispute arose over the logistics regarding the exercise of Father’s summer visitation with that child. Father traveled from Ghana to the United States with the child, and entered her in school in Georgia. Mother filed a petition for a finding that Father was in contempt of the 2012 order, and requested that custody of the minor child be modified so that she be sole custodian, and that child support be modified accordingly; Father counterclaimed, seeking a finding that Mother was in contempt of the 2012 order, and a modification of custody to name him the primary physical custodian of the child. After a hearing, the trial court granted Mother’s petition, denied Father’s request and found Father to be in contempt of the 2012 order. The Supreme Court reviewed the case and reversed on the issue of attorney fees, finding that the trial court did not take Father's financial circumstances when awarding fees. Accordingly, the case was reversed with respect to the fee issue, and the matter remanded for consideration of this issue.