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0 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Can DHR stop your child support payments from coming in if they have put your children somewhere else & a safety plan

is put in place, or does the paying parent have to stop the payments?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: My ex husband filed chapter 13 last year and our youngest turned 19. We have received no CS payments in months.

He owes $36,000 in arrears. DHR said they can no longer garnish for arrears and his bankruptcy lawyer will not return calls. I reached out to the State of Alabama Trustee and she said they can only pay out what he sends in. How will he be held responsible for paying? It stated in the bankruptcy... View More

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answered on Mar 16, 2024

It's essential to understand that child support obligations are treated with high priority in bankruptcy proceedings, including Chapter 13. Even though your ex-husband filed for bankruptcy, his child support arrears should not be discharged by the bankruptcy and remain his responsibility. The... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: What rights do I have to my child as a father who pays child support?

For the first four years of my daughters life, I was told she was not mine. then her mother said that she was mine and she filed for child support so I had a paternity test done and found out she was in fact my child I have no problem paying child support but I have sensed moved from Arizona to... View More

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answered on Feb 9, 2024

As a father who pays child support and has been confirmed as the biological parent through a paternity test, you have rights to seek custody or visitation of your child in Alabama. Your financial support does not directly determine your custody rights, but demonstrating a willingness to support... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Do I have to answer interrogatories
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answered on Jan 19, 2024

In Alabama, if you are involved in a family law case, particularly in matters of child custody or child support, you may be required to answer interrogatories. Interrogatories are written questions submitted by one party to the other as part of the discovery process in a legal proceeding. Failure... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Alabama on
Q: 26 yrs married w/ disabled adult son. Told to leave by husband. My name is not on the lease. Do we have to go?
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answered on Dec 27, 2023

In the situation of a 26-year marriage with a disabled adult son and being told to leave by the husband, the resolution can depend on various factors. While your name not being on the lease may complicate matters, Alabama's laws may provide certain protections for spouses, especially... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Ex is military. Child support is 25%. It hasn't increased even though he has gotten raises. How can I get it adjusted?

Divorce was finalized in TX. He is now stationed in WA. I live in AL.

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answered on Jul 10, 2023

If you want to have the child support amount adjusted due to your ex's increased income, you would generally need to file a petition for modification of child support.

In your case, since the divorce was finalized in Texas but your ex is now stationed in Washington and you live in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Can I request a copy of the child support order myself from the responding state?

Non Contested. Father walked out on me and our child in 2021 moving to MS as me (mom) and our child reside in AL. Filed for child support Dec 2021 through DHR. Case was sent to MS where father resides. His court date was last month. He was a no show. The judge place an order. Am I allowed to... View More

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones
answered on Apr 5, 2023

Hello. Thank you for your question. You can contact the court clerk (or the equivalent) in the county where your case is in MS and obtain a copy of the order. Best of luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Ex provides health insurance via military benefit. Refuses to pay half of uncovered expenses.

12yo is covered by health insurance by ex. This year we have incurred $400+ uncovered medical bills and she is starting orthodontic treatment soon ~$6800. Ex states the portion his benefits cover (for example, $1700 of braces) count as his payment towards these bills. Insurance does not exceed 5%... View More

Shane Michael Oncale
Shane Michael Oncale
answered on Jan 30, 2023

Your order should cover what is to occur with uncovered medical expenses and deductibles. If it does and he is in violation then you can take him to court to hold him in contempt and enforce the provisions. If for some reason there is no such provisions you need to go back to court to have them... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law, Child Support and Civil Rights for Alabama on
Q: As a 20-year-old Christian, if I am at the age of 20 and the age of majority in Alabama is 19, then what would happen i

As a 20-year-old Christian, if I am at the age of 20 and the age of majority in Alabama is 19, then what would happen if I moved to Mississippi, in which the age of majority is 21? Will I turn back into a boy in that state?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 26, 2023

The age of majority is governed by the law of the state with the most significant relationship to the contract or transaction in question. Your place of residence at the time of the contract or transaction will be a meaningful contact in that analysis.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Why was my right to counsel denied in a custody modification or neither informed of my right to be represented

Since i couldnt afford a attorney I was forced to have to represent myself and lost the joint custody I had of my boys and I believe it has to do with my exwife working for the Marshall county sheriff's office conflict of interest

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 15, 2023

You aren’t entitled to a court-appointed attorney at taxpayer expense in such a civil proceeding, but are entitled to hire one at your own expense.

Claiming indigency that would entitle you to a court-appointed attorney if you had a criminal case against you in a custody case isn’t...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Do you receive anything in the mail saying child support is over when the child turns 19? At 19 do I just stop paying?

Currently, the online payment inquiry is showing $0 dollars. She turned 19 this month.

Hayden Glass Sizemore
Hayden Glass Sizemore
answered on Dec 30, 2022

No, you will likely not receive anything in the mail. If you are paying pursuant to a withholding order, you need to file something (even a handwritten note) with the court asking to terminate the withholding order because the child has attained age 19. You can also ask the court to terminate the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: NCP owes me roughly 36 thousand in arrears. He has been making his monthly payment as ordered but I would like to know

If I can collect on some of the delinquent monies owed. If so what do I need to file? Also I dont feel DHR is really on my side. NCP is lying about his income I have shown them where he has spent 70 thousand dollars in 2 years buying property but only claims 18 thousand a year.

Hayden Glass Sizemore
Hayden Glass Sizemore
answered on Dec 30, 2022

You can file a petition to modify support to include an additional amount for arrears. There is a "do it yourself" petition available from the Alabama Office of Administrative Courts.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Huat happen if nancostudy parent don't pay child support on 5 years

Is Cort order on the Case

Hayden Glass Sizemore
Hayden Glass Sizemore
answered on Dec 30, 2022

The noncustodial parent could be held in contempt for nonpayment of support.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: If my son's father is on his birth certificate, what rights does he have pertaining to custody?
Hayden Glass Sizemore
Hayden Glass Sizemore
answered on Dec 30, 2022

In the absence of an initial custody decision or child support determination, both parents have equal rights to the child. Alabama law favors joint custody and there are certain laws that permit parents to have access to information (like doctors, schools, law enforcement) regardless of a custody... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Alabama on
Q: Can I give my child my husbands last name without giving him rights to my child?

I’m married and my husband IS the father but he left after I got pregnant and has done nothing to provide for my unborn child. I would like to still give my baby his last name but I don’t want my husband on the birth certificate since he’s put in no effort to help me during my pregnancy.... View More

Hayden Glass Sizemore
Hayden Glass Sizemore
answered on Dec 30, 2022

If you are married, your husband is the child's presumed father in Alabama. Parents can ordinarily name their children whatever they would like; however, the law presumes that he is the father of the child because the two of you are married.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Will my adopted children factor into the amount of c.s. I pay to my paternal children in Alabama?
Hayden Glass Sizemore
Hayden Glass Sizemore
answered on Dec 30, 2022

If you are paying child support for your adopted children, that will be a factor. However, if you are not paying child support for any other children or alimony to a former spouse, then it would not be considered. I am not sure if you are asking whether the number of people in your family is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Alabama on
Q: My spouse and I want to get a divorce. neither one of us wants to pay child support. Is that possible in Alabama?
Hayden Glass Sizemore
Hayden Glass Sizemore
answered on Dec 30, 2022

Child support belongs to the child, and child support forms are required by law. There are certain circumstances where the parents can justify to the court that child support should not be ordered (for example, joint physical custody with equal parenting time; both of you make the same amount and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Can they keep my kids away from me

I left my boyfriend 4 months ago cause of domestic reason. We have 3 kids together. We were living in Jackson Al when this happened. He left and went to fort Payne Alabama with the kids . He hasn't let me get them or see them since and I've tried.. well now he's locked up in Cherokee... View More

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Jun 10, 2022

You have a hot mess here. You have to get into Court on this and file an action to establish paternity and custody. He is violent and you have been to jail for drug use. Find a lawyer you practices in your County and get this before a judge... the sooner the better.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Does both the CP (and/or DHR) and judge must approve a child support arrears rebate request or can just one of them?

I have been paying child support as directed by the latest support order (from 5 yrs ago) and have been consistent about it whenever I've had a job. The new order had an arrears amount added to it of $3,474. There was even a time when I was living in AZ I was paying extra in hopes of paying... View More

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 9, 2022

This appears to be a question concerning Alabama law. So you should ask it in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Alabama.

0 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Does both the CP (and/or DHR) and judge have to approve a child support arrears rebate request or can it just 1 of them?

I have been paying child support as directed by the latest support order (from 5 years ago) and have been consistent about it whenever I've had a job. The new order had an arrears amount added to it of over $3,400. There was a time where I was even paying extra (in hopes of paying down the... View More

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