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Family request custody of deceased woman’s kids

The family of a deceased Georgia woman is asking that custody of her children be granted to a grandparent rather than remaining with their father, who is a suspect in the woman’s death, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Nique Leili’s body was found under a pile of leaves outside of the Lawrenceville home she shared with her husband, Matt Leili, and their two daughters. So far, the newspaper reports there have been no arrests in connection with Nique Leili’s death.

Matt Leili has retained child custody of the couple’s daughters, ages 12 and nine, since the victim was reported missing over a week ago. However, Gwinnett County court records show that Matt Leili filed for divorce from his wife on July 13 and asked for sole custody, alimony and child support. The divorce petition was filed two days after Matt Leili told his wife’s family that she was missing.

Police said Matt Leili claims he and his wife had argued on July 8, and he woke up the next morning to find her missing, the newspaper reports.

A lawyer for Nique Leili’s father told the media outlet that he would be filing a petition to allow his client to have legal custody of his grandchildren.

“I have prepared a petition for the grandfather to get at least visitation, if not custody, of the two minor children,” the attorney said. “The first priority is to make sure they’re safe.”

Grandparents must petition a family law court to request full or partial custody of a child, or even visitations. The custody rights of grandparents may be applicable in cases where one or both parents die, or in certain divorce or separation cases.

First child support felony warrant issued

Louisiana’s Ouachita Parish has issued its first criminal felony warrant for a woman is considerably behind on her child support payments, according to The Associated Press.

Sheriff’s deputies in Monroe are reaching out to law enforcement in other states to locate 41-year-old Mona Honaker White. She reportedly lives in Virginia, according to the media outlet, which said she allegedly owes $18,000 in child support.

Although Fourth Judicial District Attorney Jerry Jones told the AP the law making unpaid child support a felony changed in 2008, this case is Ouachita Parish’ first warrant issued since the change was initiated. Once White is located she will be extradited to the parish.

The news source did not say how many children White has or who has primary custody of them.

The statute of limitation to enforce a child support order in Louisiana is 10 years. Payments may be necessary beyond age 18 if a child is a full-time student in good standing and is a dependent to either parent.