Shane Michael Oncale's answer It is very uncommon for a judge to make a custody ruling directly from the bench following a trial and it is in fact not a good idea to do so. When something as important as the custody of a child is at stake emotions are very high and there have been numerous occasions when violence and even murder has followed an adverse ruling from the bench. For that reason most judges will delay entering a ruling even if they know when they leave the bench what the ruling will be. I would not count on...
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...
Shane Michael Oncale's answer You can go back to court and seek an amendment of the current order anytime there is a material change in circumstances. The problem you are going to have is proving that something material has occurred that no longer makes it feasible for you to pay transportation costs. Short of a job loss or an extreme change in either her income or yours you are going to have a real hard time meeting this burden. If there are a number of things you want to change that are supported by a material change...
Shane Michael Oncale's answer Unfortunately many people come to court and lie. Fortunately, there are numerous features in the system that help to both expose a liar and to limit those things they can lie about. The most important feature is cross examination. If you are going into a contested proceeding you need a lawyer. It is that simple. A skilled lawyer will know how to question a liar and expose him and his story for what they are. Furthermore, there are the Alabama Rules of Evidence, particularly regarding...
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!
Kristine Jones' answer Anyone who files an action in court may ask for the award of attorney's fees and court costs. It will be up to the judge if she is awarded them at the conclusion of the case. Best of luck!
Mr. James Parrish Coleman's answer ALways a good question! The smart thing would be to start making payments. I suspect these payments etc are set up through DHR. If you will contact them -- with a fist full of money -- they will allow you to pay current support and the arrearage. Good luck.
Peter Munsing's answer Is it your policy adjuster who says that or their policy adjuster? What does the police report show? Where is damage to the cars? Wintesses? If you have collision file it with yours and ask them to go after the other persons.
Mr. James Parrish Coleman's answer You need to take the contract to an attorney and have him review it. Finding "loopholes" is not as easy as your changing your mind about your career path. Get some legal help here.
Mr. James Parrish Coleman's answer Welcome to the world, baby girl/boy!! You are an adult now, and your father has no obligation to support you. If he wants -- you are completely on you own. You probably want to make grown up decisions, like leaving home, so here you are. He does not have to house or support you if he does not want to.
Kristine Jones' answer Hello, the answer to you question is no. If he stops paying, the child support payments will accrue each month and he will owe interest on those payments as well. Two possible options, go to court and modify the support; or have him still pay child support to you, but you refund his payments by check for each month she stays with him. Best of luck!
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