Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In

Alabama Child Custody Questions & Answers

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

Q: how do I go about getting visitation with my 6 year old . her father was given full custody while I was in prison ?

Kristine Jones answered on Jul 31, 2019

Hello. You would need to file a Modification in the court action. Please seek local counsel in your area. Best of luck!

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

Q: My ex-husband and I waived our rights to alimony and child support. If I remarry can he sue for child support?

Our plan is to work toward 50/50 when I become more financially stable.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jun 26, 2019

First, you cannot "waive your right to child support." Support belongs to your children. If you and he agreed that no support should be payable either way, and the court agreed to order that, your remarriage has no effect on support. It is based on your income only.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on

Q: Can my husband of 6 years adopt my 12.5 year old son ? Does the biological father have to consent?

I was 15 when I had my son out of wedlock. I had my sons last name changed to my maiden name right before he turned 3 ,due to his biological father being absent . We have a dhr child support order , that he pays on and off . Currently hasn't paid since August of 2018. He hasn't seen my son since he... Read more »

Shane Michael Oncale answered on Jun 20, 2019

The short answer is yes. There appears from what you have said to have been a more than 6 months period during which there has neither been emotional or financial support provided by the father and therefore the child is considered abandoned and can be adopted under Alabama statute by the step... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Alabama on

Q: Adultery, Divorce, Custody/Child Support and Alimony

My husband and I have been married for 14 years. Both of us have committed adultery during the marriage but he left me and our son who is now 11 twice during the 14 years. Now we both want divorce and I want alimony due to low finances on my end. He wants joint custody, only so that he doesn't have... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jun 13, 2019

You have a lot of facts here, and they are all important to the questions you ask. You need an attorney to address these. Go to legal aid, or find the money to hire someone. If he has had sex with you after learning of your infidelity, he can't sue you on grounds of adultery. If he left you for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on

Q: After age 19, is it true that a child in AL in college CAN’T get a part time job in order for child support to continue?

The child will still be primarily supported by the custodial parent. For child support to continue by the non-custodial parent past age 19, is the child NOT allowed to have a part time job while in college?

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jun 3, 2019

First, when was the order rendered? If the order is after a case called CHristopher, then no child support can be ordered after the child turns 19. If the order is pre-Christopher, then college expenses can be part of the order. However, the amount of the support is based on need and would depend... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on

Q: My wife and i seperated in Dec. It is now June and she has currently been living with another man ever since she left

She has no job and hasn't had one in over two years. She depends on him and he barely works 40 hours a week. They constantly leave firearms laying around in the living room and on counter tops where her oldest (5 years old who she only gets every other weekend and is supposed to be paying child... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jun 3, 2019

You are on the right track in filing for a divorce. You should ask for custody of the child and be ready to try the case. Your best option? Hire an attorney who knows how to try a case like this. You should ask for custody of the child during the pendency of the divorce

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on

Q: Can the biological father get custody of his kids if the mother is married?

Mother is married. Is there anyway to get around this besides doing an establishment of attorney?

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jun 1, 2019

If the child was born during a marriage, the legal father of the child is the husband of the mother. If he does not deny the child, then the biological father has no rights to the child and cannot even bring a lawsuit. See a case called Ex parte Presse. There is no way around this. The situation is... Read more »

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

Q: Do I need to petition for custody?

I am the mother of a child. Her dad and I were never married. We did sign an affidavit of paternity at birth. I have started a case with DHR for child support. Am I automatically considered the custodial parent or do I have to petition for custody? The child primarily lives with me and I am... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on May 30, 2019

DHR can only help you with support. If you want to settle custodial issues you must file your own action. The court will hear both of them at the same time, however.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on

Q: How much does it cost to file the first petition for child custody in Alabama?

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on May 12, 2019

Google the clerks office in your county and learn the fee.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on

Q: I had a child with a married woman, what can I do to establish custody?

A month before she was due she told me she had an abortion but yesterday I found out she had the baby, I had no clue she existed, we don't live in the same town and I really believed she had a miscarriage. She kept the whole pregnancy a secret and no one even knew she was pregnant until this... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on May 1, 2019

THis is always an interesting situation. If the married woman has a baby, and the husband (who is the legal father of the baby -- not just the presumptive father ) accepts the child as his own, there is nothing you can do. (See a case called Ex Parte PResse) The question for you is this: does the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on

Q: At 16 ( almost 17 ) can I choose to go live with my mom full time. ( right now I have to switch houses every week )

Kristine Jones answered on Apr 30, 2019

Hello. No, until you are 19, you are covered under the Court order from your parent's divorce or custody matter. It sounds like you need to discuss this issue with your parents and let them take the necessary legal steps to make this happen. It has possible child support and tax implications, which... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on

Q: Can a 17 year old go live with mom who has visitation rights? the dad has physical custody. And not be made to go back?

Child lives in Alabama. Child wants to live with mom by choice. Dad is mentally abusive. No child support is paid by either party.

Shane Michael Oncale answered on Apr 25, 2019

Any change in custody needs to be properly handled through the court system. Despite what you may hear "on the streets" there is no age at which a child gets to choose where he lives. The court must approve and enter an order effectuating a change.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Alabama on

Q: My wife and I were married in Jan of 2017 she has left me in the house in her name took our son and Can I get custody?

I am 13 years older and she abuses alcohol and is adopted she is abusive and has emotional problems and her sister is almost 25 and still lives at home she cares more about her friends than me and I want to get custody of my son I paid on the mortgage and everything else as well but she is very... Read more »

Shane Michael Oncale answered on Apr 2, 2019

In a custody battle the Court is charged with doing what is in the "best interest" of the child. You most certainly, under the circumstances alleged, have an argument that it would be in your child's best interest to be in your custody. You need to take action sooner rather than later as the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Alabama on

Q: How do I file for divorce with no child support owed, no visitation given, and minimal rights without a lawyer?

The ex will agree. He is already an absent father. We have been separated for 7 years. The child is 8. He is only now consenting to divorce because he wants to get remarried. I want nothing from him but a divorce as well. The child does not have a relationship with his father, due to his absence.

Kristine Jones answered on Apr 2, 2019

Hello, there is no way to file for an uncontested divorce without an attorney. You also cannot waive child support obligations without an extremely good reason. All three child support forms are mandatory, not optional, and must be filed with the divorce filings. You should have a consultation with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on

Q: My ex husband claims he moved into an apartment but is unwilling to show me either: time stamped photos of the

furnished apt. I do not feel I have enough proof he's living in a safe environment for our 3 year old. I found out he used to live in his car and that could be the case today as far as I know. He states he's unable to provide photos because he hasn't moved in yet. He also will not let me know... Read more »

Shane Michael Oncale answered on Mar 25, 2019

The answer is anytime you violate a court order you can be held in contempt. The real question is WILL you be held in contempt and under the circumstances I think the answer is no. As the primary custodian you have an obligation to protect your child and to act in her best interest. There are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Alabama on

Q: Can I file a petition for custody of a child that is not related to me? She does not want to go back home.

She is currently in a juvenile detention center. Her parents thinks she is troublesome and does not want her home, especially if she doesn't want to be there. We have built a bond and I have been her mentor/support and she has made tremendous improvements.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Mar 25, 2019

Yes, you can file a private custody petition in the juvenile court. You will have to show that both parents are unfit to have custody of the child and that you are.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on

Q: Can I legally obtain my children from a saftey plan still have my custody nor has judge told me i have lost my rights

Haven't been to any court

Shane Michael Oncale answered on Mar 21, 2019

It is a little hard to tell what is going on by your one sentence statement but generally if you have agreed to a safety plan you can withdraw your agreement at any time and tell DHR you want your children and will not longer abide by the plan. DHR will then have to make a decision as to whether... Read more »

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

Q: If the father is paying child support can the child's mother keep the dad from seeing child?

Woman used man to get pregnant. Petitioned him to pay child support. Wages are garnished. Father has never met child. Can mother keep father from seeing child?

Shane Michael Oncale answered on Mar 21, 2019

Father needs to file a petition for custody and visitation. When DHR files a child support case it is for child support and child support only. Custody and visitation are different subjects and unless the father raised them in a pleading, which apparently he did not, then he leaves the courthouse... Read more »

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

Q: If a mother can be proven unfit can she be put on child support?

The father knows that there is a higher percentage of men on child support than women. The mother has the child during the week but refuses to pay for any medical bills, any milk, or anything else the child needs. She puts all bills off on ther father expecting him to pay for it

Kristine Jones answered on Mar 16, 2019

Hello. Fitness or unfitness is not what child support is based on. The custody arrangement determines who should receive the child support, then the number is calculated based on the Child Support Guidelines. As far as expenses go, the child support order may address who pays for what. If it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Alabama on

Q: Need an attorney for divorce, in accident have no income where do I get help in athens or huntsville Al

Kristine Jones answered on Mar 11, 2019

Hello, I believe there is a volunteer lawyers program in Huntsville. If you can't find a local number, you can call the state bar at 334-269-1515 and ask them. Best of luck!

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.