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Q: Mother is 17 her mother listed on court documents for CS why is that In Alabama
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 14, 2020

Because she is a minor. Anytime a minor is listed on court documents it’s “by and through” the parent of the minor. The age of majority in Alabama is 19, so she has to have her mothers name on the documents.

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Q: If a 16 yr old girl has a baby does she have custody or does the 16 yr old parents have custody?

Her parents have kicked her out and told her she cant get the child because technically they have custody.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 9, 2020

No she is the mother, she has custody!

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Q: How can the only living parent get custody of his child back

When the mother of the child died he lost all touch with reality and the aunt of the child took custody he has since came back to reality and wants nothing more than to have his child back how can he get the child back from the aunt

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

How long has it been? How long has she had custody? You may not be able to get the child back. You just can’t walk in and out of a child’s life like that. They need stability. But you need a lawyer. Go talk to a family law attorney as soon as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Can a 14 yr old kid get in trouble for running away?`

Can a 14 yr old kid also say no to going back to the place where the leaving conditions are bad, also can a 14 yr old kid get put in jail for running away.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 29, 2020

Yes you can get in trouble for running away. Call DHR and file a report and they will investigate. If there are terrible living conditions they will remove the child and put them with the neatest suitable relative or foster care if there are no suitable relatives.

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Q: can a 15 year old girl go to jail for running away because they are being mistreated ?

& can a 15 year old choose to live with a close relative that they grew up with that basically raised them , because they feel that they are being mistreated ?

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 29, 2020

Yes you can. You can go to juvenile for running away.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: How do I contest a custody order that was made by a judge in another state that did not have jurisdiction
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 28, 2020

You need to provide more information before we attempt an answer. Such as, what is the Order for? When was it filed? Were you served? Is it a modification or original divorce? Please provide more information. Thank you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: I have 3 month old child and the father is narcissistic person. When he comes around he only comes for my money.

And verbally abuse me. I did a protection order but he held me hostage so I couldn’t go he also threaten me If I go back that he will hurt me and take our child. How can I collect child support and not let him be around my child? He sell drugs and is not a stable person.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 27, 2020

Please contact 2nd chance and they will help you get away from him.

Also contact DHR who will go after child support without giving any visits. Good luck to you.

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Q: Do i have full custody of my kids when dhr give them back to me and not the father he didnt participate.

Can he keep my daughter at his house even though i have the paper stating they were placed back with me?

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

The order should tell you. If you don’t have a copy of it, you can go to the juvenile section of the clerks office and they will provide it to you.

If it says you have custody then you are correct, your daughter has to come home to you.

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Q: How much will this cost,
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 23, 2020

How much will what cost? You haven’t said anything about the type of case it is.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Alabama on
Q: Can one parent keep a child from the other during a divorce?
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 18, 2020

Hello. No, not unless there is an Order from the Court stating they can. Thank you for the question.

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Q: My child is 1 years old, is their a law she doesnt ha e to spend the night weekend till shes 3yrs?

The fathers child lives with his parents and the whole situation is unsafe to me for the child to stay their and also 2 hrs away over night the whole weekend. Is their anything against that till at least she can talk and tell me what is going on. Especially she has slept with me since the day she... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 10, 2020

Hello. No, there's no specific law that addresses how old a child has to be before it can spend the night with the other parent. Thank you for the question.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: I am unwed, pregnant, & do not want the father of my child involved in the pregnancy. What are my rights in AL?

We were in a serious relationship during the beginning of me becoming pregnant however have since broken up. He has become manipulative & verbally abusive & I am considered to be a high-risk pregnancy. Can I have him not be involved at all in my pregnancy & prenatal care &... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 10, 2020

He does not have the right to bother you during your pregnancy. Contact him one last time and tell him if he bothers you again you will have him arrested. And then stop all contact. If he bothers you again call the police and have him arrested. When you go to the hospital and have the baby, do not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Can i fill for full custody through dhr when i already been to the state

My husband took his childs mother to court for joint custody in December 2019 he got joint everything but he is on child support aswell a accident happened in may where she cameto my(his wife)mother house to fight left the car in reverse while child was in it now she has a pending child... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 8, 2020

You have a lot of questions in this and have not provided much information. You need to get to a family law attorney immediately. Also just for a short answer, yes he can get in trouble for not paying child support when he is ordered to, even though he hasn’t seen him. And probably yes, you need... Read more »

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Q: What do i need to do to start the process on trying to get my son back home with me? In need of a lawyer.

Father has physical we share joint. I pay child support to him and im having issuses out if the wife,child isnt happy wanting to be home with mother. Mother works, own cars and stable living. Never on drugs or etc.....

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 4, 2020

Hello. You can file for a modification. You should seek local counsel for advice. Thanks for your question.

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Q: My fiancé and I have 2 year old twin boys that are staying with a family friend while we fight with DHR to get custody

The family That has them always said that they were fine financially I did not need any money from us. But now after 10 months the DHR’s Lawyer Is Requesting for us to pay child support..We don’t have a problem paying, but I don’t understand how they can ask for back pay all the 10 months... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 4, 2020

Hello. Yes, other people are feeding, housing, and clothing your children. You are still financially responsible and they can obtain child support from you and the father.

You can pay the minimum amount, but the interest will accumulate and you will owe much more than $3,000.00. Don't...
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Q: I just had a baby. I've never been married to the father, and broke up in Feb. He hasn't been involved in pregnancy.

He has repeatedly disrespected my wishes as far as communications have gone during my pregnancy. I asked for texting only, strictly about the baby and in the 5 times he has contacted me in 9 months, it has always been about US and NEVER asking about the child. He trespassed onto my property after... Read more »

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

In Alabama, a child born to an unwed mother is solely hers. She has full and complete custody. The father has no rights, if and until he is adjudicated the father in court. If he wants any rights he will have to file something. But right now, he has no rights and you can do just about anything you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: The judge gave us 50/50 custody of our son. She wanted us to have him stay in the marital home, and each of us rotate

Out weekly. She gave me no child support or alimony even though I stayed home with the kids and didn't have a career. I got a little place of my own because I couldn't stay where my ex was. He moved out of state and sold the house. Can I get child support and alimony now that I have my... Read more »

Shane Michael Oncale
Shane Michael Oncale answered on Aug 31, 2020

A lot of interesting things going on with your fact pattern. I would suggest that given the number of moving parts involved that you go ahead and set up a more individualized consult with an attorney rather than trust solely the bits of information gained in general responses here. I will say... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: My ex-wife and I have 50/50custody she left & stayed gone awhile Does my son Have to go see her he will be 13On12/21/20

He absolutely does not want to go see her She abandoned him for 5 months then pops back up here and there saying we are going to court but he hasn’t left me in over a year now and She is currently out on bond for 2 counts of trafficking drugs, A stolen gun, and paraphernalia.

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Aug 28, 2020

Get to a lawyer immediately and get temp custody so he won’t have to go. With that kind of thing going on in her life, you will get it.

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Q: Is there an age in Alabama when a child can decide what parent they want to live with?
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Aug 24, 2020

No. This is the question I get asked the most because everyone thinks there is. They are allowed to testify in a court proceeding to tell the judge their desired wishes, but it is ultimately up to the judge and the best interest of the child. And unfortunately that sometimes goes against the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My daughter was born in Florida her mom moved to Alabama, I pay her atleast 300 monthly she won't allow me to see her
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 16, 2020

Hello. File an action in court to enforce your rights.

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