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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Gov & Administrative Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Can a minor be placed on a national watchlist? Or any watchlist in general?

N/A

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 23, 2021

You say "any watchlist"-- a minor can be a person of interest to criminal justice agencies.

A minor could be on a no fly list.

If you are concerned that you are, you would want to avoid social media of any type, limit emails, and consult with a criminal defense attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Daughter is 16 and pregnant by her 17yr old boyfriend. His parents are threatening to take the child away from her.

His parents are threatening to take the baby away from her (when the baby is born) if she stops seeing him. He is verbally and emotionally abusive towards her, has exhibited controlling behaviors towards her. She believes they can do this based on what they told her a police friend told them they... Read more »

Shane Michael Oncale
Shane Michael Oncale answered on May 4, 2021

If you wish to discuss this matter off line please feel free to contact me. This type of adult on child abuse makes me very angry and I would rather not air my feelings on this subject here as some may find it offensive. To start with the ages, depending on the birth dates involved, do not... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: I am 16 years old and pregnant. My boyfriend is 17. Can I legally move in with him without my parents permission?

My boyfriend still lives at home with his parents who think the world of me, and I them. Actually, his family is a lot more supportive of me than my own family. I would love to be able to move in with him and his parents. But I am concerned about all the “LAWS” with things like this in Alabama.... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Nov 13, 2020

No you may not move out of your parents home into your boyfriends home. If you do, they can be arrested for interference with custody and you can also be charged as a juvenile offender for ungovernable. The age of majority in Alabama when you can decide what to do on your own is 19. However at 18,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Can a 14 yr old kid get in trouble for running away?`

Can a 14 yr old kid also say no to going back to the place where the leaving conditions are bad, also can a 14 yr old kid get put in jail for running away.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 29, 2020

Yes you can get in trouble for running away. Call DHR and file a report and they will investigate. If there are terrible living conditions they will remove the child and put them with the neatest suitable relative or foster care if there are no suitable relatives.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: can a 15 year old girl go to jail for running away because they are being mistreated ?

& can a 15 year old choose to live with a close relative that they grew up with that basically raised them , because they feel that they are being mistreated ?

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 29, 2020

Yes you can. You can go to juvenile for running away.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: can a 17 year old legally move out of his parents house at the age of 17 with out his parents consent
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 1, 2020

No they cannot. They can be charged with ungovernable or as a runaway. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Can an 18 year old legally move out even if her legal guardian says that she can't?

Several years ago, her father tricked her mother into signing over full custody. She is now 18 and has reached out to the mother and I and is wanting to move out of her father's house and move in with us. We are willing to take her in but her father keeps telling her that she cannot move out... Read more »

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

If she’s 18 she can live where she wants to. They can’t charge her and no court is going to make her go home if she doesn’t want to.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: I cant get my 16 year old to mind me he has a girlfriend that is 14 and he sneaks to her house while her dad isnt home.

We live in Alabama what can i do

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

Jesus! Call juvenile and have him arrested for ungovernable!!! He’s fixing to get into real trouble if that girl gets pregnant. Call her father and tell him what his daughter is let happening. Do anything to keep from your son being charged with rape 2nd and having to register as a sex offender... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: I've recently been served a Paternity/CS summons. I'm willing to pay CS,can I avoid court, testing and visitation?

Willing to provide honest income info, but do not desire visitation or parental rights. I also do not wish to contact the other parent or appear in court. Is there a legal way to do this, such as voluntary child support?

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on May 8, 2020

Yes. You can admit paternity and submit your proof of income and they will adjudicate you the father and it will be over. Contact the attorney for DHR whose name is one the paperwork you received. He will be able to help you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: What do I need to do if my sixteen year old has a warrant
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Mar 30, 2020

To state the obvious, you need to call an attorney. A lawyer can often get a warrant withdrawn and allow the defendant to appear and post a bond. Get a lawyer who does juvenile dependency in Mobile County, or criminal defense. We do both and you can contact us if you like.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: How can I take someone off my daughters birth certificate if I haven't seen or known his residence since October 2019?

And my daughter is about to turn 2. I want to get her name changed.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Mar 5, 2020

You will have to terminate his parental rights in the juvenile court.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: My sister abandoned her children

My sister moved to another state with her two younger children, age 12 & 16. She became homeless and could no longer afford to keep them. She dropped them off at her 22 year old home in Alabama. They were only was suppose to stay for the holidays. It’s been 4 months and she has not returned.... Read more »

Jared Dale Vaughn
Jared Dale Vaughn answered on Feb 6, 2020

This honestly sounds like a situation where you might want to consider getting the Department of Human Resources involved. Also, I would recommend consulting with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Can I move out if I get married at age 18 in the state of alabama?
Samuel G McKerall
Samuel G McKerall answered on Jan 13, 2020

Yes, you can. You can also move out whether or not you get married, so if you're getting married just so you can move out, don't bother. Just move out, Now, whether you OUGHT to do either one - get married or move out - are different questions, but with respect to whether you CAN do... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: My son is currently 18 years old but will be 19 in 52 days. What are the requirements to be able to kick him out at 19?

Currently reside in the State of Alabama where the age of majority is 19.

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Sep 7, 2019

Simply telling them to leave should be enough. If not, then issuing them a trespass warning and involving the police would be the next step. If this fails, then a court order is your final and most expensive option.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: At 16 ( almost 17 ) can I choose to go live with my mom full time. ( right now I have to switch houses every week )
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Apr 30, 2019

Hello. No, until you are 19, you are covered under the Court order from your parent's divorce or custody matter. It sounds like you need to discuss this issue with your parents and let them take the necessary legal steps to make this happen. It has possible child support and tax implications,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: My special needs sonis being singled out, punished, threatened, and bullied athis school no one will help can u help?

my son is diagnosed and receives ssi from the government for his condition. They havet him in a school with other children who have been kicked out of regular school for fighting and other things. My son has an iep and they put in a secial needs kid with bullies and when he stands up for himself he... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 18, 2018

I am sad to read about this matter.

I am struck that you would follows anyone's recommendation to physically punish your special needs child. Have you ever attended your child's IEP review?

Have you ever sought out the independent ombudsmen who assist in these situations?...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Can DHS take measures against a mother who tested positive for marijuana at three months pregnant, when she has had the

child and there were no drugs present? The birth was full term.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Aug 10, 2018

Yes, DHR can.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: My brother-in-law died recently. He had two daughters. One is under age (14) and the other is 21.

The 21 yrd. applied for adm. of estate and received a sum of life insurance money. She then kicked the sister out and is selling her father's things. I have nothing to gain in this but I feel the minor is being mistreated. She lost her father and her home. Can someone help her legally? The... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jul 26, 2018

Keep praying..... but hire a probate lawyer to help you with this.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Do I have to file for custody of my 3 if my ex and I was never married and he is on their birth certificates?

I'm the mother out of wedlock do I have to fight for custody or do I have it until I'm taking to Court by the father of my kids ?

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jun 25, 2018

You don't have custody at this point. Being on the birth certificate merely means you are presumed to to be the father.

You don't have custody. You have to make a filing in court to get that

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Can a 16 year old date and have a child with a 26 year old that is single and has two kids in the state of Alabama

The 16 year old is on probation and lives with grandparents attends school and loves his relationship and kids and is working a job

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jun 22, 2018

First of all, "date" means go to the local burger joint together. It does not mean have sex with. THe 26 year old may well be contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She will probably not be liable on sexual abuse charges because his is 16 years old. The 16-year old, naturally, is... Read more »

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