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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 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 Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Health Care Law for Alabama on
Q: My niece has never been to school and she is now almost 16 years old , can her mother get in trouble ?

The two sisters are 8 and 11 and have never been to school either and their brother is almost 18 . She was saying she homeschooled the children yet never did so . The children do not know how to spell , know their left from right and can hardly even add or subtract . Yet alone don’t even have... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones
answered on Nov 23, 2020

The county DHR can help. Best of 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 Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: the father has blocked me on every form of communication and to sign rights over. can i still get child support?

I’m only 3 months pregnant and he’s already said he wanted to sign his rights over because he wants nothing to do with me. he will no unlock me and refuses to help me out in any way. the only reason why he wants to sign his rights over are because he doesn’t want to pay child support. what... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones
answered on Nov 16, 2020

Hello. Terminating his rights does not end the support obligation he has for the child. You need to contact DHR or hire an attorney who can establish custody and child support for you when the time comes (in about 6 months). Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: My son got a girl pregnant. The girls mother is a narcissist nutcase.

Her and her mother threaten my son with not being able to see his baby if he doesn't jump to her every demand. They are 18 and 19. It will be a bigger issue once the baby gets here. Were do I start legally helping him establishing his rights

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Nov 12, 2020

The first thing your son has to do is learn what his rights are. If he wants a right to the child he is going to have to go to court. He should sign the birth certificate. If they attempt to stop him, he should register with the Putatative Father's Registery (Ala. Code 26-10C-1). After the... Read more »

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 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 and Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: My fiancé and I have a 1yr old son. He was put down on the birth certificate but since we’ve split but he says he wants

To take him from me bc of our own personal issues (every time he comes around we fight) Do I have a leg to stand on? What can I do to get custody of my son since we are not married? Will I have to give him joint custody? Also how would child support go?He’s also very mean and I believe... Read more »

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

Custody of a child born out of wedlock is vested with the mother. That means just because he is on the birth certificate doesn’t mean he has any rights. You currently have fully custody. Until he takes you to court he doesn’t have rights. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: I am 19 years old, my stepfather molested me when I was 14 years old, my mother was pregnant with my 6 year old sister,

I am 19 years old, my stepfather molested me when I was 14 years old,my mother was pregnant with my 6 year old sister,we moved away from him,my mother suffered violence, also him in jail 1 month for domestic violence, I never reported him to the police because,I am very afraid of it. my little... Read more »

Travis T Juneau
Travis T Juneau
answered on Oct 22, 2020

The brief answer is yes, you can file a police report against him and the crime should be investigated. Alabama has no statute of limitations on sex offenses involving a child under 16, which means that your case could still be prosecuted. See Ala. Code Section 15-3-5. The more quickly you report... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: I am still legally married to my wife and we are not legally separated. We have not been together for 2 years.

She knows I have been trying to get on disability for over 2 years now Since my accident when we were still together. I am almost finished with it but we haven’t been together for 2 yrs now but she hasn’t let me get my 2 sons or see them in about a year. I have not been able to help her... Read more »

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

If you are still married you can go get them and there is nothing she can do about it. You both have equal custody. But if you do, she will probably go file something immediately to give her temporary custody. Then you will have to petition the court for interim visitation prior to the final... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: My brother died just recently and the mother is currently in jail with involvement with his death. I currently have

custody of their daughter(my niece). I`m not sure what to do when she is not listening or getting in trouble. What should i do?

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field
answered on Oct 20, 2020

DHR offers parenting classes to help you learn how to discipline a child correctly So she will learn from it or pay attention. Or you can ask relatives or friends that have children to give you some pointers on how they discipline their children. It’s very nice of you to take the child. Good luck!

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: I'm 15 and my bf is 20 we both wanna baby what can happen to him
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field
answered on Oct 20, 2020

He can go to jail for Rape 2nd degree. You are too young to give consent in Alabama therefore he would be having sex with a child which is against the law in Alabama. And if you had a baby, then that would be living, breathing proof that he committed the crime. Don’t do it, he will have to... Read more »

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on
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!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on
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.

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