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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: My fiancé and I have a 1yr old son. He was put down on the birth certificate but since we’ve split but he says he wants

To take him from me bc of our own personal issues (every time he comes around we fight) Do I have a leg to stand on? What can I do to get custody of my son since we are not married? Will I have to give him joint custody? Also how would child support go?He’s also very mean and I believe... Read more »

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 25, 2020

Custody of a child born out of wedlock is vested with the mother. That means just because he is on the birth certificate doesn’t mean he has any rights. You currently have fully custody. Until he takes you to court he doesn’t have rights. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: I want my grandmother to adopt my 4year old daughter for financial reasons. Also trying to get child support from the

Father. Can my grandmother still get child support for my daughter in AL

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 24, 2020

The father will have to agree to let your grandmother adopt your daughter, it’s not just your decision. And if he doesn’t agree then he gets her since you don’t want her and you’ll have to pay him child support. Think long and hard about what you’re doing. Good luck..

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Criminal Law for Alabama on
Q: Is this grounds for dismissal

Timestamp on video is different from what police says when crime was committed. Reports show Feb 2nd 2016 a control buy was made. Video shows it was 9/26/2009.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 24, 2020

No. If they have the confidential informant there to testify to the actual date it happened and also the police officers, then it will not matter what the time stamp on the video says.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: I am still legally married to my wife and we are not legally separated. We have not been together for 2 years.

She knows I have been trying to get on disability for over 2 years now Since my accident when we were still together. I am almost finished with it but we haven’t been together for 2 yrs now but she hasn’t let me get my 2 sons or see them in about a year. I have not been able to help her... Read more »

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 22, 2020

If you are still married you can go get them and there is nothing she can do about it. You both have equal custody. But if you do, she will probably go file something immediately to give her temporary custody. Then you will have to petition the court for interim visitation prior to the final... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Alabama on
Q: How to sue a county in Alabama?

After my father died his siblings went to the courthouse and was allowed to sign an affidavit stating that they were his only living survivors and gave them ownership of land and property without further investigating if that was true. My mother (his wife) and I. (Daughter)was forced to move from... Read more »

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 20, 2020

Yes you do need a lawyer, and quickly. Call an attorney that specializes in probate or estate planning to help you. I don’t know what county you are in but there should be plenty to help.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: My brother died just recently and the mother is currently in jail with involvement with his death. I currently have

custody of their daughter(my niece). I`m not sure what to do when she is not listening or getting in trouble. What should i do?

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 20, 2020

DHR offers parenting classes to help you learn how to discipline a child correctly So she will learn from it or pay attention. Or you can ask relatives or friends that have children to give you some pointers on how they discipline their children. It’s very nice of you to take the child. Good luck!

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: I'm 15 and my bf is 20 we both wanna baby what can happen to him
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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 20, 2020

He can go to jail for Rape 2nd degree. You are too young to give consent in Alabama therefore he would be having sex with a child which is against the law in Alabama. And if you had a baby, then that would be living, breathing proof that he committed the crime. Don’t do it, he will have to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Employment Law and Landlord - Tenant for Alabama on
Q: I have an old, two years, unwritten lease with utilities with my employer who is also my landlord. Am I a tresspasser?

He is harrassing me to get out and says that I am a tresspasser but refuses to fire me, pay me, or give me a 30 day written notice to vacate although the Huntsville Police told him to do just that. He refuses to let me put the utilities in my name and he willfully let the utilities to be turned... Read more »

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 20, 2020

Good grief! You need to hire a lawyer immediately! If you can’t afford one go to your nearest legal aide office! And good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Alabama on
Q: First offense here in this state and it's theft of property 4th degree. I took a package off a porch and 42 from walmart

I want to know the average fines and court cost for something like this

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 18, 2020

So what’s the question?

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property for Alabama on
Q: I bought a truck from someone. I found out he pawned title in 2016, I paid debt to get title

He is saying the bill of sale means nothing . I paid 1300 cash for truck 500 debt to creditors for title now he saying I owed him 2000 more and he going to go get truck

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 18, 2020

The bill of sale does mean something. If you paid him 1800 and have a bill of sale and he refuses to give you the truck you can have him arrested for theft by deception 1st degree, in addition to suing him civilly. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Alabama on
Q: 1. Do I qualify for legal aid? 2. Can I go ahead a secure a lawyer now, if I qualify, or not. 3. What are my options?

Married 24 years ago; have been informed he has obtained divorce papers from atty. Jay Casey; he wanted me to fill them out. I informed him I would not be filling out anything and to have his attorney forward any papers to my attorney; but, I don't have an attorney. He works full time; I work... Read more »

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 18, 2020

You can go to legal aid to try and obtain a lawyer but it’s mostly for persons who have been abused that qualify. You need to get to an attorney immediately. Some will take payments or draw the money out of savings. But get to an attorney as quickly as possible! Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Mother is 17 her mother listed on court documents for CS why is that In Alabama
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 14, 2020

Because she is a minor. Anytime a minor is listed on court documents it’s “by and through” the parent of the minor. The age of majority in Alabama is 19, so she has to have her mothers name on the documents.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Does child automatically stop at the age of 19?

I have two kids, one will turn 19 in August of 2021. My ex- husband pays one amount for both, how is child support determined once the oldest child turned 19? Am I responsible, if the my ex-husband doesn’t request the payments to stop for the oldest child turns 19?

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 10, 2020

He will have to file a modification to change the child support for one child and stop it for the other. It should be an easy process that you both can sign and agree upon.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: If a 16 yr old girl has a baby does she have custody or does the 16 yr old parents have custody?

Her parents have kicked her out and told her she cant get the child because technically they have custody.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 9, 2020

No she is the mother, she has custody!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: can my adult children have the backtime childsupport stopped since they are adults now and dont want me going thru that
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 9, 2020

No. It’s not theirs, it’s their mothers. It was for them, and not to them.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Family Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Q: How do I find my dead fathers lawsuit from the accident that led to his death
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 9, 2020

All courthouses have access to the state filing system known as Alacourt. They are free to look information on. You can use this system to find the lawsuit in Alabama.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Can my ex keep my child from me even though we both have full parental rights?

we have not have not been to court yet no papers have been filed that i am aware of. Is the father of my child allowed to move across state lines without my permission and without me knowing? Also, He (father) signed the birth certificate at the hospital but i am still legally married to a... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 9, 2020

If you have not been to court you have full custody because you are married to someone else. Until a court of law adjudicates him, he has no rights. Go get you son.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Alabama on
Q: In Alabama, may I lawfully withhold rent for landlords failure to provide quiet enjoyment.

I have brought it to their attention, the attention of the police, I have endured a large incessantly barking dog who has barked for hours at times and romps and runs above my ceiling. This is the security officer for the complex and I have endured it for eight months. I am a reasonable person.... Read more »

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 7, 2020

No you may not. What you can do is file a suit against your neighbor for a nuisance. But if the landlord allows pets then there is probably nothing you can do about it, except get a money damage and to do that you have to prove damages, like lost wages, emotional distress and having to be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: How can the only living parent get custody of his child back

When the mother of the child died he lost all touch with reality and the aunt of the child took custody he has since came back to reality and wants nothing more than to have his child back how can he get the child back from the aunt

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 6, 2020

How long has it been? How long has she had custody? You may not be able to get the child back. You just can’t walk in and out of a child’s life like that. They need stability. But you need a lawyer. Go talk to a family law attorney as soon as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Alabama on
Q: Mother dies in Connecticut leaving a house to her 4 children.

And she further states if one of her 4 children is deceased at the time of her death\house being sold...that deceased child's portion goes elsewhere. mother's will is probated, (around January) the house sells on July 8…..judge grants permission by order dated July 30 for house to be... Read more »

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 6, 2020

The deceased’s share will be given to his estate and then whatever his Will states as far as distribution, then that will dictate.

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