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

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Q: If I’m on my son’s birth certificate, do I have rights to visitation
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 21, 2020

No sir, not until you are adjudicated in a court. A child born to an unwed mother is sole custody to the mother, even if you are listed as his father on the birth certificate. If you want visitation you will have to Petition to establish Paternity, Visitation and custody if you want rights to your... Read more »

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Q: My son is 18, his girl friend and him have a baby, her family is not allowing him to see the baby, what can we do

They will let us see the moter but not the baby and he was present for the birth and he is on birth records and baby has his name

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Sep 19, 2020

Petition the court to establish Paternity, visitation and child support. He can exercise his rights and they can’t stop him. He’s the father, not the grandparents.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
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: What are birth father's pregnancy and birth financial responsibilities when he impregnated a minor?

My daughter, 16, had a baby with an adult man. She is unmarried, living with her mother, and I am paying child support for her plus insurance. Is the baby's father responsible for any hospital bills related to her care?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 4, 2020

Hello. Your daughter is still a minor and whatever the current order states, that is what you will need to follow. The father is financially responsible for his child, not your child (daughter). Thank you for the question.

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Q: I've paid chsup and never be locked up for not paying. I have 5 children, custody of 3. 4 are grown now, but I'm bhnd?

HOW am I 100k behind and all of a sudden, they try garnishment or leins? How can I help myself?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 4, 2020

Hello. It's impossible to tell you exactly without looking at your case. However, it sounds like you did not pay through the state; therefore, no records exist of your paying support. Thank you for your question.

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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.

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Q: I need to know what the provisions are for telephone calls by the visiting parent .

We have an order that states the visiting mother is allowed telephone visitations in accordance to the Standard Custody and Visitation Order with the exception that all calls should be on speakerphone. The children do not want to call and the mother is constantly texting and calling. I have her... Read more »

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

If she was granted telephone contact, You should let them talk once per night before going to bed. For Example 7:00 p.m.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Do I have to give my sons father my address

We don’t have court ordered anything All we hav is child support ordered in court from 2009 . His father wants my address He hasn’t called or seen his son in over two years or paid child support and keeps saying I hav to tell him where I live please help me

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Aug 17, 2020

Yes you do. Under the Alabama Parent Child Relocation Act you are required to provide an address of where you are living. Also if a person doesn’t pay child support, it is no reason to deny them the right to see the child. Just so you know. But without a court order or a filed agreement stating... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Probate for Alabama on
Q: What can I do when executor is running up expenses?

My aunt opened probate on my dad estate, he had no will in Alabama. Now she is running up expenses, such as she purchased a $4000+ headstone from the estate and had a $10K funeral. All was paid from my dad's bank acct. He wanted to a military burial. Probate was open without my brother or I... Read more »

Jack T. Carney
Jack T. Carney answered on Aug 14, 2020

I am sorry for your loss. You can always hire an attorney to file a petition to remove the Administrator and seek to recoup expenses. However, when an Administrator closes an estate he or she must get the consent of the heirs. If the heirs refuse to consent, the probate court will hold a final... Read more »

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Q: DHR has my kids in temporary foster care until my court date in October. They have been away since December
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Aug 10, 2020

There was no question to answer

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Can an 18 year old legally move out even if her legal guardian says that she can't?

Several years ago, her father tricked her mother into signing over full custody. She is now 18 and has reached out to the mother and I and is wanting to move out of her father's house and move in with us. We are willing to take her in but her father keeps telling her that she cannot move out... Read more »

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

If she’s 18 she can live where she wants to. They can’t charge her and no court is going to make her go home if she doesn’t want to.

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

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