Questions Answered by Kristine Jones

Q: Can a bio father that’s been absent my child entire life get joint physical and legal custody?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Jan 10, 2019
Kristine Jones' answer
Yes, a biological father can ask a court for custody of a child that is his. The other facts you mentioned would be for the court to consider in its calculation of custody and the child support obligation, if any. You should seek legal counsel in your area, or an Alabama barred attorney in the area in which the case was filed. Best of luck!

Q: If a man has 5/more children does it exempt him from paying child support? My daughter's boyfriend says that. He's on #4

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Kristine Jones' answer
All children are owed support by their biological parents. The custody arrangement determines who is to pay and how much. The schedule for child support guidelines are calculated for up to six children, but that does not mean they would not calculate it for the 7th, 8th, 9th child, etc. It is not the 7th child's fault they were not born sooner and somehow that makes them ineligible for support.

The child support guidelines are available online to the public by doing an internet search...

Q: Paying past medical bills after the child support was canceled by the judge

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Jan 4, 2019
Kristine Jones' answer
It depends. Is this from a divorce? If so, what does your Settlement Agreement or final order say about medical bills? If this was just a child support matter, what does the original or last modified order say about medical bills? It all depends on what was agreed to or ordered by the Judge.

If there is no Order or agreement that says you are required to pay medical bills or pay them after 30 days of the bill being incurred, then no, you most likely to not have to pay.

If you...

Q: Does CS end at age 19 even if no age or other stipulations are stated?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Dec 27, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
Hello, child support does not end automatically for any reason. You would need to ask the Court to end your child support for a reason e.g. the child is now 19. Good luck!

Q: If I have joint custody with the mother being custodial parent and equal visitation between the child why am I having

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Dec 22, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
Hello, without having the exact language from the order your question cannot be answered. Best of luck!

Q: What steps do I need to take to have my child support modified for me maintaining health insurance coverage on my child?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Dec 18, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
Hello, you would need to file a Petition to Modify. In most counties, those are between $200-$400 to file. You should seek out legal counsel in your local area to determine the best course of action based on your specific facts and circumstances. Best of luck!

Q: Can my x, who is remarried drop childsupport / back childsupport ?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
The new husband would only be able to adopt the child if the ex-husband legally terminates his parental rights. If that happened, then yes, current child support could stop.

Whether you and your husband are seeking adoption or to terminate your ex husband's parental rights, you should speak with a family law attorney in your area. Best of luck!

Q: Is child support mandatory in alabama. Divorce is final but nothing in the decree about child support being paid

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Nov 28, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
No, child support is not mandatory. It depends on the custodial arrangement between the parents and then it is calculated according to Rule 32. Good Luck!

Q: We live in Alabama but my son went to Florida and got married when he turned 18 shouldn’t this emancipate him

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 30, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
This answer could be different if your CS order states it is different or if your agreement with different provisions was something you and the other parent signed, but CS typically ceases when a child gets married. You would need to file with the court asking for them to stop child support because the child married.

Q: I don’t have custody of my kids age 5 and 12, if I give up my right to them will I have to pay child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 30, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
First, you are only required to pay child support if court ordered. An event like terminating your rights or voluntary relinquishing your rights would not generate an order of support. Second, if you were on child support though, you would only stop paying support upon adoption of the children by someone else.

Q: Do we need a lawyer to get legally separated?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 27, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
No, you can draft the agreement and file it yourself with the clerk. You should however seek legal counsel and discuss with her or him the pros and cons of legal seperation v. divorce. Best of luck!

Q: My husband pays child support through DHR and his ex not letting his daughter vist is there anything we can do.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 16, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
Yes, he should file for modification/custody/ visitation. Best of luck!

Q: My ex husband is garnished through his job for child support but still isn't paying what do I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 16, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
Hello, you should file a contempt motion. Best of luck!

Q: Does child support stop at 19? Or are there other reasons you have to keep paying?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 15, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
Unless you agreed to pay longer or your child is disabled, then child support ends at 19. You must file with the court to have it end though. Best of luck!

Q: My husband and I separated. We have been married 12 years and living together for 18. He has filed for divorce.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 13, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
Hello, you should seek legal counsel in your area to help you through the divorce process. Best of luck!

Q: Petition for an adult adoption in Alabama? Child will be 18 and step parent would like to adopt and change last name.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 12, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
A person is a minor until age 19 in Alabama. So it would not be an adult adoption. This sounds like it would be a familial adoption and as long as you and the minor have been living in the same house for 12 months, then you could file for adoption. You would need consent from both biological parents, or file to terminate the rights of whichever parent did not give consent. Adoption is largely a creature of statute. You are looking at 2-3+ court appearances to accomplish all this. I would...

Q: What papers are needed for a dad to relinquish care of his 16 year old to a friend of the family, in Alabama

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 10, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
Could be adoption or guardianship. You should seek out a family law attorney in your area who can discuss your specific situation and give you complete advice on which option is best for you and the child. Best of luck!

Q: In alabama if my son joins the army at 18 will my childsupport stop even though it states on my papers to the age of 19?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 10, 2018
Kristine Jones' answer
Child support will not stop without an action asking the court to stop it. Best of luck!

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