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Q: Just found out husband has 17yr old, will back support be ordered?

My husband just found out he has a 17yr & the mom doesn't want us to have a relationship with the child, she's just asking for child support &we're not happy. The mom states that she knew he was the father and withheld this info for 17yrs. Will retro/back support be ordered?... Read more »

Shane Michael Oncale
Shane Michael Oncale answered on Nov 10, 2020

A lot going on here and let me say you need to get an attorney involved to make sure this all goes as quickly as possible. So to answer one of your questions you should definitely hire an attorney. Venues in Alabama vary on whether they will reach back to charge a father with back child support... Read more »

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Q: Does child support end at age 19?

I have read several conflicting things, some stating that support continues if the kid is 19 but is unemployed and attends college. Is this the case in Alabama as of 2020,or is it possible to terminate child support simply based on the child now being a legal adult?

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

Child support terminates upon the child attaining the age of 19 years, the age of majority in Alabama. You may petition the court for college expenses if the child is attending college. But you must do it while the child is not yet 19. Good luck!

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Q: How does filling out form CS 47, Child Support Information Sheet going to stop my arrears?

I was told to by the DHR rep to fill out the form CS-47,Child Support Information Sheet,saying they need information on both parties to stop the arrears and I need to write up a petition explaining what I want modified. It's the petition done by the courts/Lawyers ? Looking at this form CS-37... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Nov 4, 2020

They need CS-47 just to file it. Then CS-37 is actually what needs to accompany it. And you won’t need a lawyer for either of those forms. Where it says attorney put the words “pro se” in that area. Good luck!

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Q: My arrears is paid off, how do I stop the payments from coming out? What forms do I fill out ?

I made contact with the child support office in Shelby County, AL the office say I need to fill out a petition, she tells me CS-47, 'Petition for Termination upon Payment of Arrears' is that the petition I'm suppose to fill out. I just want some straight answers, so I can stop any... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Nov 3, 2020

Go to eforms.alacourt.gov and look for form CS-37 which is the form Petition for Termination After Payment of Arrears. That’s the form

You need to fill out and file with the clerks office to stop the withholding. Good luck!

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Q: Will my fiance still owe child support or back child support if proven he is not the father? In Alabama.

My fiance strongly doubts his paternity for his alleged child and will be taking a DNA test soon to prove otherwise. If he ends up not being the father will he still owe child support or back child support.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 31, 2020

If he is not the biological father he will not have to pay child support.

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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

Sheila Crumley Field
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..

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Q: I'm 15 and my bf is 20 we both wanna baby what can happen to him
Sheila Crumley Field
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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Q: my ex & l have three kids. Twins that will be 21 in May, another that will be 11 in January. What can I do to reduce ?

the amount that I pay per month?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Oct 16, 2020

Hello. File for a modification.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Q: My child turns 19 in December, does child support drop automatically after their nineteenth birthday?
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Oct 7, 2020

Hello. No, you will need to file with the court in the county where the case is located to stop child support. Thanks for your question!

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Q: I recently paid off all the amount that I owed in arrears. They are still taking these deductions from my check.

How do I get the deductions to stop? My children are adults and all child support is paid in full.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 28, 2020

You have to go to the clerks office and fill out a CS-44 Affidavit for Termination if Withholding Order for Support. It is stating to the court that the children have reached the age of majority and you are no longer obligated to pay support. Congratulations!!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: I have 3 month old child and the father is narcissistic person. When he comes around he only comes for my money.

And verbally abuse me. I did a protection order but he held me hostage so I couldn’t go he also threaten me If I go back that he will hurt me and take our child. How can I collect child support and not let him be around my child? He sell drugs and is not a stable person.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 27, 2020

Please contact 2nd chance and they will help you get away from him.

Also contact DHR who will go after child support without giving any visits. Good luck to you.

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Q: How do I file a petition for a child support order that is in arrears for an adult child with DHR in Alabama?
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 22, 2020

Go to DHR they will handle it for you.

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Q: Can a parent drug test the child in qeustion of a child support case

My ex wife has gotten my whole family drug tested in past cases. All clean of course. Anyway, this is not for custody just child support. And I know my son has been partaking in weed. Though I’ve never caught him. It’s blatant. And if he does get tested, what will happen to my other children at... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 15, 2020

Hello. She would need to ask the Court's permission or get him to submit to a test voluntarily. Weed is illegal in Alabama. It is against the law to partake, have possession of it, sell it, etc. You have an obligation to your other children to protect them from illegal drugs. Thank you for... Read more »

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Q: Can both parents create their own child support agreement in a divorce in Alabama?
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 13, 2020

I've yet to see a Judge disallow a parental child support agreement. You still must file the child support forms as a matter of record in your case though. Thanks for your question.

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Q: My child mother and I reached an agreement that became the court order, can she take me back to court for more money?

We settled outside of court. We never had to see the judge. The judge made our agreement a court order. I’m married now, can she take me back to court to request more money?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 12, 2020

Yes, either of you can always go back and request to recalculate child support.

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Q: My child is 1 years old, is their a law she doesnt ha e to spend the night weekend till shes 3yrs?

The fathers child lives with his parents and the whole situation is unsafe to me for the child to stay their and also 2 hrs away over night the whole weekend. Is their anything against that till at least she can talk and tell me what is going on. Especially she has slept with me since the day she... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 10, 2020

Hello. No, there's no specific law that addresses how old a child has to be before it can spend the night with the other parent. Thank you for the question.

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Q: Do you have to have court order to collect child support?

My ex and I are not married, we have 2 kids and are separated. At this time I have a pfa against him and nothing was ordered of child support at the pfa hearing the judge just told him he needed to pay cs. Can we have a written/verbal agreement and it be legal. He is willing to pay child support... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 10, 2020

Hello. No, it will not be legal unless and until it is a court order. Otherwise, you are at his mercy of when and how much he decides to pay. Contact DHR or hire an attorney to file for CS. Thanks for your question.

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