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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: I am 17 years old and want to get emancipated because my brother and his wife do not support me anymore.

They will not sign or give their consent for me to get emancipated so I would like to know and explore other options how to go about things. I would have a place to go and reliable transportation so I could get a job and go to school. My boyfriend of 2 years has supported me more financially and... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Oct 9, 2017

You can't be emancipated until you are 18 years old. Period.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Landlord - Tenant for Alabama on
Q: Can I kick my 18 year old grandson out of my house. We live in Alabama and he doesn't pay rent
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Oct 8, 2017

WHo has custody of him? If you do, you can't.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: can a 17 year old date a 21 year old
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Sep 20, 2017

It is not smart, but it is not criminal. (By date you mean, can the 21 year old have sex with the minor and not be exposed to criminal prosecution)

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: I'm 17. My girlfriend is 15, is there any way we can get married without parental consent? Her parents are abusive

I will be 18 in November she will be 16 in April her parents are 50 and 60 she is very mature for her age, we both agree that she doesn't need to be in here home. I don't want to get her pregnant because of religious reasons. Is there any way possible we can get married without consent. I... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Sep 15, 2017

No. She is a minor and so are you. You can't get married without your parents consent and she can't get married at all. If you are having sex with her and she is under 16 and if you are more than 24 months older than she is you can be exposed to criminal prosecution for having sex with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: A 16 year old girl that has a baby wants to move out of her moms house can age do that?
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Sep 15, 2017

A 16 year old is still a minor, just because she has a baby does not mean that she is emancipated. If she is a child who is in need of supervision -- that is if her parents can't seem to handle her -- the law allows the parents to call on the State of Alabama (DHR) to assist in what's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: im 16 and in DHR custody , is there any way i could marry out of the system?
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Sep 12, 2017

You are in the custody of the Alabama Department of Human Resources. As a 16-year old you have to have the permission of your parent or guardian to marry.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: What is the statue to establish a unfit parent in Alabama juvenile court.

How to prove a parent unfit in alabama

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Sep 11, 2017

You are probably asking what it takes to get custody of a child in Juvenile court if you are a person other than a parent. The law says that the person seeking custody must prove that each natural parent is unfit to have custody of the child by clear and convincing evidence. There is a strong... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: I am 18 years old, I have a job, and I’m going to school in the spring is there a way I can rent an apartment to live in
Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
answered on Aug 16, 2017

You are a legal adult (18 or over) . You can legally enter into ANY contract (including a lease). Whether or not your LANDLORD will accept a promise from someone with no credit history without also requiring someone else to sign as a 'guarantor' is another question.

So yes, you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Q: Can you sue a sibling for hitting you if they are older than 18?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jul 6, 2017

Yes but you won't see any money. You can file a case with the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: What age must a person be to have property listed in their name? Can a 16 year old legally be a landowner?
Amanda B Cook
Amanda B Cook
answered on Jun 15, 2017

Yes, minors can own title to real property in Alabama.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Appeals / Appellate Law, Juvenile Law and Land Use & Zoning for Alabama on
Q: Can a trustee be replaced with a conservator because trustee is incompetent (82 yrs old/unhealthy/nearly deaf)? Case?
Jack T. Carney
Jack T. Carney
answered on Jun 15, 2017

If a Trustee serving under a trust agreement becomes incapable of serving in his or her role, a beneficiary can petition a court to remove that Trustee and replace them with a successor Trustee pursuant to the terms of the document. If the document has no provisions for a successor or if, for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Q: Hello, is my private school allowed to print off my text messages without my permission?

Hello, is my private school allowed to print off my text messages without my permission? They never took my phone away but said they have a script of my message that they got from somewhere. I never gave them permission and I never signed anything throughout the year that allows them to do that. Is... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Jul 23, 2016

Don't see how they could have done that. Now they may have gotten your "message" from another person--the other person is free to print off anything you email or text them, give it or forward it to whoever they wish. Did they say they have all of your texts to anyone? I doubt it.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: I'm 18 years old. The manager of a store in Alabama & go to school full time living 4 hrs from home. What can my mom do?

I'm a female dating a girl. My mom will flip her lid. What all can she legally do to me? I know the age of majority is 19 in Alabama. Just need to know.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Feb 14, 2016

You are correct about the age of majority. Are you self supporting? If you are, you may apply to the Court for relief from nonage. That is, you ask the court to go ahead and decide that you are an adult. You have to be self supporting to do this. Your mother has custody of you, and can attempt to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: I am 18 and will be moving out of my mom and step father's house with consent from them. Do I need to be emancipated?

I am still in high school. I am a senior. I plan to move out with their consent. They were just concerned if I would need to be emancipated. I have a job and my father and my step mother will also be helping support me financially. They have an apartment for me to stay in and they are covering the... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Feb 10, 2016

If they are paying your bills you cannot be emancipated. You are old enough, but you are not self supporting.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: My Aunts children were placed with me by dhr. How hard is it for me to win custody if she completes dhr req before court

They were removed from her in a dirty hotel room for several reasons including unsafe living, alcohol abuse, controlled substance abuse and a sexual abuse allegation that the daughter has since not spoken about to confirm it. Since being with me their grades have improved, they're getting... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Feb 9, 2016

You are fighting a tough battle to get children away from their natural parents. You will have to show that they remain subjects of abuse or neglect. This will be hard in the face of DHR who will say mom is good and that they should be returned to her. The judge will hear all of the evidence before... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Can a 18 yr old get married while in High School in Alabama?
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Feb 7, 2016

Yes, the person can get married. The question of High School depends on the policy of the school board. See Section 30-1-5 Code of Alabama If the person intending to marry is at least 16 years of age and under 18 years of age and has not had a former wife or husband, the judge of probate shall... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: My 9 year old is terrified of his father. Is there anyway my son can be heard, in this situation?

We had an order of protection against his daddy. But the judge still granted his visitation even with a history of violence.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Feb 7, 2016

The Judge, who granted visitation, has discretion to decide if he or she wants to hear directly from the child. You have answered your own question here. The judge does not want to hear from the child and will not. The court also was apparently convinced that your order of protection was justified,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: How can I get physical custody of my 17 year old niece changed. It was given to someone else but now lives with me.

This case went through Dhr but has now been closed. Custody was given to my son and his wife, but she now lives with me and my husband. Her mother was abusing her and her father is deceased.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Feb 7, 2016

The answers to these questions may seem repetitive, but you must go back to the Court which gave custody to your son and his wife. You will have to show the judge that things have changed, and that the child will be so much better off in your custody as to make the change good for the child. You... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: I am 18 and graduate High School in may. Is there a way I can move out and my parent have NO control over me?

My boyfriend and I would like to move in and start our lives together, but my mom hates him with a passion and keeps me from him. I graduate May 19 and will be attending college. Im 18 and he is 20 and my mom said until im the legal age of 19 i will not be allowed to see him or move out. Is there... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot
answered on Oct 27, 2015

You can try to get emancipated. Do an internet search on that in your state.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: I'm 18 and living in Alabama, my parents refuse to let me work in a certain field, what can I do?

I'm attending a technical school for automotive repair and have the best chance at getting a job in a dealership while I'm here. But my mom refuses to let me and gives a different reason which doesn't actually apply to the situation every time I mention it. Is there nothing i can do... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Oct 23, 2015

I note that in Alabama, as opposed to the rest of the US, the age of majority is 19 instead of 18.

Perhaps your mom knows best, based upon her own experience.

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