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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Hi,I need to know how to go about with getting custody papers served to another state?

I want joint custody, but the mother is in another state than I am.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jul 7, 2020

You will have to file in the county where the children reside. Then the sheriff of that county will serve her.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Can I leave home if I'm married at 16 in the state of Alabama ?

Im 16 and partner is 20.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jul 2, 2020

Yes if you are married. But you have to have your parents permission to get married since you are under the age of majority which is 19 in Alabama .

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Q: My daughter left her daughter approximately 1 1/2 years ago with me. Now wants her back bc she's mad at me. The child

The child doesn't want to go with her mother can I do anything?

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jul 1, 2020

Yes ma’am. Contact an attorney immediately and obtain temporary custody for a dependent child (one that doesn’t have a parent to take care of them). Let her explain to the court where she’s been for the last year and a half in her daughters life.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Alabama on
Q: Reiceived first dui in AL, bac was .084, in jail 5 hrs, have my DL, could I possibly get it dismissed? Do I plead guilty

No criminal history at all, was not intoxicated. Blew a .084 both times he tested me in the field and was under the legal limit at the jail. They held me for 5hrs and I was released with my DL. I need my drivers license for work to make a living. Is there any way I can get this dismissed and not on... Read more »

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jul 1, 2020

It sounds like you blew below .08 after the 20 minute deprivation period. If that is the case then you possibly can get it dismissed. It depends on whether or not you failed SFT’s and if the officer wrote the ticket under the correct code section. You are also eligible for diversion programs to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce and White Collar Crime for Alabama on
Q: My case has been posted for over 25 years. How long do I have to put up with this?
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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jun 29, 2020

What do you mean posted? And what is the charge? Some crimes have no statute of limitations. Have you ever been served with a warrant? It’s possible to have the warrant recalled after that long. We need more details in order to advise you better.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My husband and I filed for divorce. When would the child support begin?
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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jun 29, 2020

Child support begins the 1st day of the month following the date the divorce is signed. But it’s usually paid by Income Withholding Order and that takes an additional month to start, so he should pay the first month by check directly to you since they withhold.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Alabama on
Q: I recieved a dui 2 years ago. I went through court referral and done some classes, had it dismissed.

I just recieved another dui. Can I go through court referral again? Will the other one show up? Should I get a lawyer.

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jun 28, 2020

Check to see if they have a Diversion program. You can enter that program and get it dismissed that way.

5 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Maryland on
Q: Telling the short story and I am mostly trying to find out if the truck was at fault.

There are 2 traffic lanes going North bound and 2 traffic lanes going South bound with a legal turning lane to make a left (no light to make turn) . I was in a car on the passenger side waiting to cross the 2 on coming lanes of North bound traffic. There is a traffic light slightly down the road... Read more »

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jun 17, 2020

Yes they are. It should have reflected it on the wreck report. That’s the first place to start, with it. You can go to ALEA.gov and obtain the report instantly for a small fee. You also need to contact a lawyer immediately because you are not at fault. You can collect for injuries from both the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Q: I am a 14 year old.my parents keep scratching,cutting or injuring me in ways that leave visible marks for months.

Hi. I am a kid and my parents keep scratching, cutting, and otherwise injuring me in a fashion that leaves very visible marks after a day or two, some even for years. They only do this when they are drunk, and I was wondering what to do. I love them and don't want them to go to jail, but it... Read more »

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jun 14, 2020

You could call DHR. That way they won’t go to jail, but would be provided with services to get some help for their addiction to alcohol. But be warned, they will probably take you out of the homes and place you with a relative as part of a safety plan. If you don’t have any relatives you will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Child has graduated high school. CS is not court ordered just an agreement. Does it have to continue until age 19?

CS was an agreement between the mom and dad there is no court order or paternity test. The child graduated in Dec 2019. He won't be 19 until Aug 2021. The child has no plans for college or work. Is the dad responsible to continue paying CS?

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

No. If there was no court order you don’t have to do anything. That’s awesome of you by the way.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Alabama on
Q: Can I use youthful offender in the state of Alabama if the crime was committed while I was 21?

I had just arrived at my home. Parked my car, locked it and had gotten out of the vehicle when an officer proceeded to come onto my property and forced me to take a breathalyzer. This is my first offense for a misdemeanor DUI.

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jun 4, 2020

If you are 21 you are considered an Adult and not eligible for Youthful Offender. However you are eligible for the PreTrial Intervention Program (PTIP) which allows first time offenders to enter the program and once finished your case will be dismissed. You can speak to an attorney in your county... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: If I pay child support but the children have stayed with me for 3 months must I pay support during this time
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jun 3, 2020

Yes. As long as there is a court Order in place you must pay. I would file for a modification of custody or primary placement so you can get it stopped.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Does an absent father have a say so if a mother wants to relocate out of state with child for good faith reasons?

My child father and I were never married, he has never been placed on child support, or no kind of court or custody. He was barely supporting our daughter and I'm relocating closer to family for support and better living. Does he have the right to keep me in the state If he decides to fight... Read more »

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

A mother has full custody of a child born out of wedlock. There is nothing he can do except take you to court. And yes he will have to pay child support for the child if he takes you to court. Go where you have family and support, do what’s is best for your child.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: I’ve been alienated from my sons for a year w a no contact order I never got any court date papers, how can I see the

They keep postponing it and Idk how to get to be able to see my sons

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on May 30, 2020

Go to the circuit clerks office where the children live and ask for a copy of the order and also tell them you want to request a hearing. They will let you write it out on a piece of paper. You may not get to see your sons but you will at least get a reason why, and can begin to fix the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law on
Q: I am 16 and my brother just hit me ( slapped hard) many times and my mother was present there

My mother loves him so she lied to our father about how he hit me ..

I need justice ...

I don't know you but i feel like you can help me

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on May 22, 2020

Call the police. Tell them what happened. They will protect you. But remember he will be removed from the house. He will have to be. A victim and a perpetrator cannot live in the same household. Good luck

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My daughter turned 19 this month ..what steps do I need to take to terminate child support
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on May 22, 2020

Go to the child support division of your clerks office and they have a form to terminate child support. They will let you fill it out and file it right there.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Alabama on
Q: Im from Alabama and would like to know the chapter or articles that discuss felons around firearms.

I have a permit to conceal carry and would like to purchase a handgun soon. But I am unaware if I can get in trouble because a felon stays the night at my house sometimes. I also can lock my bedroom door from the outside with a key, so when I am at work, it wont be accessible.

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

Section 13A-11-72

Certain persons forbidden to possess pistol.

(a) No person who has been convicted in this state or elsewhere of committing or attempting to commit a crime of violence shall own a pistol or have one in his or her possession or under his or her control.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: Is it possible for me to get custody of my daughters sister ?

Now ex old lady was cheating on me. Bringing the girls (2&1) with her to do so lying saying she was babysitting. When she was really there doing drugs. I’ve got enough on her to get full custody of My daughter easily, but her daughter would end up in the system. Her daughter already had her... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on May 14, 2020

Maybe. If there are no other family members that want her or are a suitable placement then, yes you have a shot at getting her also. The fact that you have her sister is also in your favor.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Alabama on
Q: Can I pay my no insurance ticket and not have to go to court?
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on May 12, 2020

Yes you can pay it online or at the clerks office by either mail or in person. If you mail it in, be sure to put the ticket number and your name on the money order.

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