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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My daughter turned 19 this month ..what steps do I need to take to terminate child support
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on May 21, 2020

If she is the only child you are paying support for and you owe no arrears, then you can file a form with the clerk in the county where your child support case is located. The form is free and available on the internet. The clerk may also provide you with it. If you do have another child, then you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: I got a 15 ur old son that has had things put in his head an now for exactly what reason he never wants to see me again

So I am wondering since that’s his choice can I do anything where child support will be dropped . Why should i pay child support on a son I did no wrong to an refused to talk or see me

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on May 16, 2020

Hello. No, there is nothing you can do to stop support based on what you have said. That being said, your son does not get to make this decision until he is 19. You do have a right to see him and you can enforce that right through the court system. Thank you for the question.

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Q: My fiance was recently incarcerated and the back child support is adding up quickly. What are the next steps?
Shane Michael Oncale
Shane Michael Oncale answered on May 12, 2020

If he wishes to reduce or eliminate child support he will have to file a petition seeking that relief with the court that ordered him to pay or it will continue to run up as an arrearage. Given the fact that he is incarcerated a court could hold that he is not entitled to a reduction in child... Read more »

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Q: Do I still have to pay child support In Alabama if my 16 year old is pregnant?She doesn't want to see me 12yr
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on May 11, 2020

Hello. Pregnancy by itself is not a reason child support may be terminated. Support can only be terminated for reasons listed in a settlement agreement, or because the child is now able to support themselves without needing anyone's help. Otherwise, age 19 is when it terminates.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Yes I have a 17 year old daughter that I pay child support on and she quit school she will be 18 in few month’s

What are my legal rights on this her mother dosnt make her mind let her quit school and most of the time she lives with her boyfriend

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on May 8, 2020

Child support continues until she is 19 unless she becomes completely self-supporting.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Me and my childs mother were never married and she refuses to show up to the court appoited visitation for over 2 years

Im desperate please help

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

I assume you have court ordered visitation. If you do, then she is in contempt and you can take her to court for it. But you’re going to need a lawyer to do it. Speak to a family law attorney immediately. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: I've recently been served a Paternity/CS summons. I'm willing to pay CS,can I avoid court, testing and visitation?

Willing to provide honest income info, but do not desire visitation or parental rights. I also do not wish to contact the other parent or appear in court. Is there a legal way to do this, such as voluntary child support?

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

Yes. You can admit paternity and submit your proof of income and they will adjudicate you the father and it will be over. Contact the attorney for DHR whose name is one the paperwork you received. He will be able to help you.

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Q: Thank you for your response. Will we have to go to court for child support since the papers are filed with the divorce?
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on May 7, 2020

No, the income withholding order will take care of it. You only have to go to court if the one who owes child support doesn’t pay.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Alabama on
Q: My husband and I are signing divorce papers and he will be on child support and the papers are included in the paperwork

Do we file the child-support papers with the divorce papers and they will be sent to DHR or do I need to keep the child support papers and contact DHR so they can be filed separately?

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

You file the child support papers with the divorce paperwork. The judge will enter an Income Withholding Order to have your husbands employer take it out of his check. He will not go through DHR unless he doesn’t pay, them you can use DHR to help in the collection process. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My daughter that I pay child support on turns 19 in March 2021. She will be a senior in high school until May 2021

She will be 19 in March 2021 and graduate high school in May 2021. I would like my child support to end when she turns 19. Can I end it in March 2021 or do I have to wait until May 2021? Can I file to cease child support a few months before she graduates? My chilid support is garnished and I do not... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on May 6, 2020

Hello. It can end in March. Make sure you file the necessary form, or speak with a family law attorney in the county where your case was originally to find out exactly what you need to do.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: my daughter is divorced and her ex husband has been ordered to pay child support. He is currently getting garnished but

is still in arrears. Now his taxes and stimulus check was added to arrears. How does that effect my daughter? If the taxes etc. are going toward arrears, she is still entitled to whole arrearage, right? But ultimately where does that money Refunds go to? lets say he owes $5000.00 and receives a... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on May 6, 2020

Hello. Child support and how payments opposite is, unfortunately, more complicated than how you describe and more explanation is needed than able to write here. Best of luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My husband owes a Lot in arrears Well it's been over 28-31 years now we have raised them 90*\* of their life

Does there come a time in ones life where SHE stops receiving the arrears (back support)? Or the money would start going to the adult children? Can I receive my stimulus payment since I’m not responsible for the $?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on May 6, 2020

Hello. No, the child support would go to the person who was always receiving the support. You would need to speak with a certified tax professional to discuss how to separate your taxes from your husband (married filing separate), which would change if and how you might receive your stimulus check.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Hello. Why is my arrears going up even though I'm making payments on time? What can I do about this situation?

My child is now 18 and has graduated high school and I am married with three kids since him. He is not working or in school. How can I get my payments reduced or dropped all together?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Apr 26, 2020

Hello. Child support stops at 19 unless he becomes self-supporting, joins military, or marries. It's impossible to answer child support questions about arrears and interest on those arrears without looking at the payment history. You are not reaching interest or much of your arrearage amount... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: If my child father pays child support, but hasn’t seen him or had contact with him. Can I terminate his rights?
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Apr 25, 2020

Hello. The answer to that is "it depends." This is a question better suited for an attorney who practices in the county where the child lives. I will say terminating a parent's rights is the ultimate action a court can take concerning a child and they do not do it without very strong... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My stimulus check was taken for interest on back child support, I do not currently owe child support or arrears, Is this

The child is now grown , Is this right?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Apr 23, 2020

Hello. It's impossible to give a definate answer without looking at the case and payment history. It's possible you owed interest on prior arrears. Interest is the last thing paid on child support money owed.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: How come child support not stopping at age 19 as the divorce agreement says it should? 4 kids, ages 20,18,15,8. AL

Oldest daughter is in college In Alabama (our home state) on scholarship, and she does work. Second child will be 19 next year also.

So how come the child support doesn't end automatically as the divorce papers declare? These are court ordered documents, are they not binding? I'm... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Apr 23, 2020

Hello. Child support (CS) doesn't automatically stop when I child turns 19. Why it doesn't end automatically is a question for the legislature. Since you have other children, in order to change the amount you pay each month, you need mom to agree and file modification that way, or file... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: I believe that I am owed an over payment in child support. How do I find out how much and how to get?
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Apr 23, 2020

Hello. Your caseworker at DHR should give you information regarding payments.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: If both mom and daughter are deceased who recieves back time support
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Apr 23, 2020

Hello. Without having more facts, you could file a modification providing proof of their deaths, and ask CS be stopped.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My husband and I divorced in 2014 and remarried each other in 2019. How do we stop the child support/wage garnishment?
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Apr 22, 2020

Hello. You would need to file a modification to include settlement documents. Speaking with an attorney is not a bad idea since you're in Jeffco.

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