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Q: My daughter is 18 and has moved out of the house with my ex-wife. Do I have to pay support for her still?

My daughter is now living with her boyfriend and has become "self-sufficient" as defined in our divorce agreement. Can I refuse payment or do I need a court order to modify?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 26, 2020

Hello. You need a court order to modify.

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Q: I was incarcerated 24 years. I have been released two years. Learned I am in arrears $100,000 for adult child.

My take home pay is $300 wk. Do I qualify for a modification?

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Aug 21, 2020

If the child is an adult you cannot modify past due support unfortunately.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: How do I extend child support payments or ensure assistance with my 18 year old daughter's college expenses?

There is currently a child support order in place, and all terms are being met. My daughter be 19 in seven months (March 2021), & unless I take action, her financial support from her father will cease.

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 20, 2020

Unless she is disabled, there is no way to extend child support past her becoming a legal adult at 19.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Will support go down if child’s father has baby on the way. Baby won’t be here until next year and court is sept 21 2020

He has had a dramatic increase in wages so that’s why I went back to court. But now he got his wife pregnant in hopes to lower support being paid.

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

No it will not affect your child support.

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Q: ARJA Rule 32. Alabama. My child will be 19, graduated, will I have to put a change order with court for child support?

My child will be 19 soon, refused to go to college and attending trade school. Will the court enforce my child support order beyond the age of majority? Will I need to initiate a change order? Or does it end automatically?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 20, 2020

You will need to initiate a court filing to stop support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: When filing a case with dhr for child support, is my new husband's income going to be factored in?

Or will it strictly be mine and my ex husband's?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 16, 2020

Hello. Just yours and the father's.

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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Q: My friend has 2 kids from his previous marriage. They are grown. Child support!

My friend has 2 kids from his previous marriage. They are currently 18 and 20. He divorced the mom when the youngest was about 3. In the divorce decree he was granted joint custody and actively help raise his kids over the years.. At one point he even had full physical custody of his son. About 3... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Aug 15, 2020

None. If child support was ordered and he didn’t pay it, he owes it to her. There is nothing he can do.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Father of my child now makes less than me so he told me I can't put him on child support, is this true
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Aug 12, 2020

No. It’s not based upon who makes the most. It’s based upon yours and his combined income and a percentage of the amount of child support proportionate each of your incomes. If he is unable to work, then the child support can be continued until he is back able. If he is unemployed you can still... Read more »

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Q: What if the father signed the affidavit of paternity but isn't biologically can he still be held for child support
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Aug 9, 2020

Probably not. He still has to come into court and be adjudicated the legal father. At this point he can ask for a paternity test and if it shows he’s not the father then he will not be liable for child support. On the other hand if he comes into court and says the child is mine, I don’t want a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: I have physical custody of my son and his dad pays child support. There is a visitation schedule that we are supposed

To follow but of course he sees him maybe once a month and talks to him maybe once a month. Can I file for full custody or say he’s abandoned him and receive more child support?

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Aug 7, 2020

No that’s not how it works..

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Q: Hi my 17 yrd nephew possibly got a girl pregnant he wants nothing to do with the twins if they are his what can we do

The girl kept the pregnancy a secret until the day she delivered my sister is going to do a dna test but what can he do if he doesn’t want to be in their life

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 7, 2020

Hello. He doesn't have to be in their life, but if he is found to be the biological father (proved via official DNA testing), then he'll be paying child support for the next 19 years.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My son just turned 18 last week. He did not finish school or graduate. He is HF Asperger's, and has tried to work.

His anxiety was too bad to continue. His dad has stopped child support, but I'm confused as to where it's 18 or 19 in Alabama. I see 19,with stipulations. Help please, thank you!

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

It’s 19 In Alabama. He has to pay until your son turns 19, which is the age of majority in Alabama. Additionally have you thought about applying for disability for your son? Especially if a doctor recommended or diagnosed him with a condition that makes it impossible for him to work. You might... Read more »

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Q: I have primary custody, he has visitation. He hasn't paid but $160.00 all yr 2020. It's court ordered that he pay $200

a month. He only picks them up maybe once a month for only a few hrs. Has already had dhr called before. What can I do about it?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 4, 2020

Take him back to court.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: HOW OLD DOES A CHILD HAVE TO BE TO DECIDE WHICH PARENT THEY WANT TO LIVE WITH IN ALABAMA?
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 3, 2020

Hello, 19 is the age when a child becomes an adult and can make that decision. Alabama has no age before that time at which a child can pick a parent. That said, as a child matures, he/she becomes better able to articulate to the judge why it is in her/his best interest to live with one parent... Read more »

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Q: If child support is to be discontinued at child birthday 8/20 can court reinstate due to college expenses

Also can he drop her from his family insurance coverage

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Aug 1, 2020

It must stop at the childs 19th birthday. However if college expenses were reserved in the divorce decree then you can file for a modification prior to the child turning 19, in order to ask the court to extend the child support as college expenses. Also while the child is enrolled as a full time... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My daughter is 18 and joined the Alabama National Guard does my ex still pay til she is 19.
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jul 29, 2020

Yes. He is under a court order to pay you until her 19th birthday.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: In alabama is it legal for my ex to keep receiving child support payments if my son is not living with her?

Also I had him in school, providing for him and still paid support

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jul 28, 2020

Yes. You can go back to court and change custody so you can stop paying her.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Doed back child support start the first day you got custody or the first day you filled the petition for child support?

My sister has had full custody of my children for 3 years. But she just recently filled for child support about a year ago. Will the back child support go back to the day she got my kids 3 years ago or does it go back to the day she filled the petition for child support 1 year ago?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jul 27, 2020

Hello. The judge will decide the date it starts. Thanks for your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: how do i get court ordered child support after 9 years and never paid a dime

i have been divorced for 9 years, have 2 daughters 15 and 19 from marriage. judge ordered $481 a month in child support. Father never paid a dime. he remarried and adopted new wife's son and had 2 more daughters. what do I do? He has nothing at all to do with our daughters together... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jul 23, 2020

Hello. You can contact DHR, file the case yourself, or hire an attorney. If you want to try yourself, call the clerk's office in the county where your divorce was finalized. Thanks for your question.

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