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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Can i get all rights to my son full custody would be even better??

My ex girl friend and i had a baby he is currently about 6 months old she split i haven't heard from our son in 2 months.we both made agreement off the record. That when she left i would keep in contact and i would get pictures from him everyday. I dont know where she is i dont know how my son... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Nov 25, 2020

You need to see a domestic relations attorney as soon as possible to obtain legal representation and get something filed immediately to obtain custody of your son. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Alabama on
Q: Civil or criminal charge?

Gave a business $2900 to order parts for my car. Decided afterwards i no longer wanted the work done.. owner of the business said that was fine, and he would return me my money when he refunded the parts.. he refunded the parts and got the money back but the bank supposedly froze his bank account..... Read more »

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Sheila Crumley Field answered on Nov 25, 2020

It can actually be both. Since no work was done and he converted your money into his money and you got nothing for it, then that can be construed as Theft by Deception 1st, a class B Felony since he has taken your money and not returned. Talk to the police or sheriffs office in your county about... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Alabama on
Q: I have recordings proving abuse & negligence by my baby's father. Can I use this to keep him away from her/protect her?

He recently got a domestic charge (3rd degree) with another woman (called in by his neighbors). I spoke to a previous girlfriend as well & both tell me horrible things he's done to them (text).

He put our infant daughter in danger many times & screamed at her, tossed her onto... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Nov 23, 2020

You have all the rights. Do not let him bully you into seeing her and possibly hurting her. You do not have to let him see her and it is bad for you if you do, knowing what he does. Go to DHR and sign up for child support. They do not do visitation nor custody. He will have to get a lawyer to get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Alabama on
Q: If I got a ticket for my headlight being out and didn't get it fixed within 72 hours? Can I still have it dismissed

My court date is next month on the 17th. Can I still have it dismissed or do I have to pay a fee?

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

As long as you get it fixed before court. If you’ll show the fixed headlight to an officer with the department of the one that gave you the ticket, they will dismiss it.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Can you file for child support if you aready did and didnt go thru wirh it? Can i file for child support again?

Me and father were trying to work on things but it seems he has went a-wall and now i cant get him to answer me. He has left me wirh no money a car that needs fixed and i have no job with raising 3 kids but 2 are his. I have no babysitter in the worst time right now and no way to get to a job.. My... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Nov 21, 2020

Go to the local DHR. They will be able to file for child support. But in the interim, they will also be able to provide you with aide to dependent children until he gets served. They can also help with housing and also food stamps. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: If a mother allows their child to go with the father and he doesn't bring her back at certain time,what does she do

There is no court visitation agreement, just verbal. Childs parents never married. Father only has child support court agreement.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Nov 21, 2020

Then she can have him arrested for interference with custody. If there has never been a custody determination, only child support, regarding an unmarried couples child in Alabama, then the mother is deemed to have full custody. And if the father doesn’t return the child, then he can be arrested... Read more »

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 Divorce and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My husband's son starts college Aug '21 at 18yo. Will he still pay CS to the mother as well as half of college dorm?
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Nov 11, 2020

He will pay child support until the son turns 19. Then he can go to the courthouse and fill out a Termination of Child support and file it with the court. If he is ordered to pay half of the tuition then he will have to continue to pay it. However if he is not court orders to pay for half of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
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!

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Alabama on
Q: I just got my first speeding ticket yesterday on the 3rd. Is it just that I'm required to pay it before the 19th?

The court date is set on November 19th 2020. I live paycheck to paycheck and simply cannot afford this ticket. Since this is my first offense should I show up in court and ask for leniency?

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

Show up in court and ask for driving school. It only costs $40 bucks instead of $300 for the ticket. After you take the class file the certificate with the court and ask that it be dismissed. It only works if it’s your first ticket. So slow down!! Good luck!!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
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!

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Q: My son's girlfriend and him have a 3 month old child and the girlfriend is hanging around people in probation with drugs

And pawning the baby off on her parents. The baby has my son's last name and my son is listed as the father on the birth certificate. Does my son have any rights to get his son away from this bad situation. The girls mother wants to raise the baby as hers.

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

Yes absolutely!!! Get to a lawyer immediately and petition the court for temporary custody. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
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!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Alabama on
Q: What is a settlement docket for a criminal case
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Nov 2, 2020

It’s where the prosecutor and the defense attorney get together before e the judge and figure out what the offer is, whether or not the defendant wants to plead or if he wants a trial.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Alabama on
Q: Please forgive my ignorance regarding the question below. I may not be asking it correctly...

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

If you are being abused, call 911. The police will respond and help you. Also go to the DAs office in your local county and they can help you get a PFA so he cannot come near you. They will also put you in touch with second chance so you can have a place to go, in case you don’t. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: In the state of alabama does a teen mother have the rights to where her baby can and can’t go
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 30, 2020

Yes, she’s the baby’s mother!

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Alabama on
Q: My dad died in 1989. There is unclaimed money and I have no copy of the will. What is my course of action?

I am his daughter and I live in Washington state. I never got a legal copy of the will.

At the time of my dads death the woman he was married to called me to notify me

of his death and said to me "you get something and I get all the rest."

I have no idea if the... Read more »

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

Call the probate court of the county where he died and the clerk will be able to tell you if there was a Will filed and a copy of the letters testimentary or letters of administration. It may take a few days to get an answer since it’s from 1989. If there is no Will probated then File an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: How can i prove my ex is an unfit mom
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 27, 2020

There are several ways however each situation is different. Consult with a family law attorney immediately and they can walk you through the steps and aide you in obtaining custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Elder Law and Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: Hi yes I just turned 18 instead of Alabama does my mother have a right to be reading my text every night
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 25, 2020

The age of majority in Alabama is 19, so technically she can. And.. if she pays for the phone, then she can look at it.

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