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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: In Alabama when u go for child support how far back can you go? My child is 4.

My child’s father hasn’t been involved in his life in 4 years. I gave in and let him see him about a month ago (he’s been on drugs and swore he was clean) so I cannot dole abandonment. He went to put himself in child support to look good, can I get child support all the way back to my child... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 24, 2019

Hello. You can ask for it to be retroactive back to birth, but that is something within the judge's discretion based on the facts of your case. Best of luck!

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Q: If my childrens father already pays child support to his ex wife, how will that affect my child support?

He pays her 380 amonth

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 24, 2019

Hello. He will get a credit of $380 deducted from his gross monthly income.

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Q: My wife's ex will pay for something for their daughter then take it out of the support he pays. What are our options?
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 24, 2019

Hello. To file contempt would be your option, without knowing the specifics of all the facts. Your wife should seek counsel in her area to determine what is the best course of action. Best of luck!

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Q: Do I have to pay Child Support in Alabama after my child is 19 and going to school?

My Daughter is 18, has graduated from High School and is currently working. She will turn 19 next May. My ex wife says that if my Daughter enrolls in college that I will have to continue paying Child Support as long as she is a student up to age 21. Is this correct? I see nothing in my Decree that... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 24, 2019

Hello. I don't know when your divorce was finalized so it may make a difference. Under the current law, no, you would not owe child support past 19. The only way you could is if you agreed to pay after she reached age 19. I would contact counsel in your area and consult with them to make sure. Best... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: How do I go about getting a birth father's parental rights terminated for myy almost 5 year old daughter?

No contact in almost 2 years. Never really helped with anything for child. Was never married, just dating. Live in Alabama. I do not want child support.

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 24, 2019

Hello. You would need to go the your local juvenile court and speak with an intake specialist to file a TPR. You may also contact a local attorney and speak with them first about what options are available and which option is best given your particular facts. Best of luck to you and your daughter!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Im currently not getting proper visitation with my daughter who is 6 but im expected to pay child support what can i do
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 24, 2019

Hello. Sounds like you need to contact an attorney in the county where your child lives and consult with them on how to enforce your parental rights. Best of luck!

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Q: Termination of CS withholding order at age of majority (19) in Jefferson County, Alabama.

My withholding order was set back in 2008 in Talladega County, where we originally filed our divorce. With my ex and I both living in Jefferson County, it was transferred there, and they have handled everything since. I have spoken with multiple people with Jefferson Co. DHR, they told me that all... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 23, 2019

Hello. If DHR did what they told you they did, the motion is on file with the clerk. If you did not get a copy of DHR's filing, then you can get one from the clerk. You should also monitor your case so you can get a copy of the Judge's order when it comes out. Once the order comes out, you will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My nephew went to court today about child support and custody and ...

Nephew and his ex agreed to support and custody arrangements. But have not signed anything. Yet she agreed in front of judge on said visitation. Now she is backing out of it. Cause she hasn’t “signed anything”. Is she still held accountable being nothing is signed. Even though agreed in... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Sep 18, 2019

Hello. It sounds like if it made it before a judge, then the judge will draft the order stating what the parties agreed to before him/her. The order will be mailed to them or his/her attorney if they were represented. (Sounds like maybe he did not have counsel). If testimony was taken before a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Is there any law in Alabama that says if someone pays child support then the child cannot be kept away from them?

I pay child support but haven't gotten to see or talk to my daughter in two years. My sister in law has custody.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Aug 22, 2019

If you are the parent, unless there is some court order that says you can't see the child, you can petition the Court to establish parenting time for you with the child. You don't say this, but I expect that the Alabama Department of Human Resources took you to Court to compel you to pay child... Read more »

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Q: How can I get child support dropped if my children’s Mother agree to dropping it

I have 3 Kids I’m paying for on child support the oldest is 19 he doesn’t stay with me or the mother I’m still paying also my 17 year old doesn’t stay with either of us as well and my youngest stay with me but I’m paying. She told her social worker she wanted to drop the child support a... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Aug 18, 2019

You can go to court and petition to drop the support, but you've got to show the court why. Just because she wants to is not enough of a reason.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Alabama Child Support termination and college / post-minority support non-custodial requirements?

My marital separation agreement from March 2013 states "child support payments shall continue until the minor children of the parties attain the age of nineteen years, marries, becomes self-supporting OR commences college, whichever shall first occur. I have 3 children. One child is 21, another... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 15, 2019

Hello, it sounds like you and your spouse signed a settlement agreement. So regardless of what a judge COULD HAVE done then, you settled before it got that far. That being said, the agreement says what it says. So 1) yes. 2) you can, but that is no longer the law unless he agrees in another... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My dad still pays child support to my mom even though I no longer live with her. Can she legally keep that money from me
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 15, 2019

Hello, child support is used by the receiver for the benefit of the child. If you are no longer living with her, then she should not be receiving money. Your dad should seek counsel in the county where the case is to have it stopped. Best of luck!

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Q: When child was first born the mother told me I wasn’t the father she let another man sign the birth certificate and told

Us we couldn’t see him six years later she put me on child support after her and the guy were no longer together is there any thing I can do legally because they are saying I have to pay back time which I feel like I shouldn’t sue to her actions is there anyway I can dispute the matter

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 15, 2019

Hello. She could have filed to put you on child support, but you had/have possible options. You should seek counsel in your local area immediately before a hearing or final order is issued. Best of luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My son just turned 19 . He will be attending college on a full scholarship. Does my child support now stop
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 15, 2019

Hello. No, child support does not automatically stop when a child turns 19. You will need to file with the court to officially stop your obligation to pay. Best of luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Can child support be transferred from a state that ends support at 19yo to a state that ends at 18yo just to end support

The noncustodial parent lives in Florida. The custodial parent and child lives in Alabama. The noncustodial parent thought he was done with child support when the child reaches 18, however in Alabama its 19yo. He now wants to petition the court to transfer the case to his state so that he can get... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Aug 8, 2019

Another imaginative idea from a person who does not understand the law. That won't work. The case stays where the child is.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: how do I go about getting visitation with my 6 year old . her father was given full custody while I was in prison ?
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jul 31, 2019

Hello. You would need to file a Modification in the court action. Please seek local counsel in your area. Best of luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: If wife cheated while separated had baby, does husband pay child support post divorce?

Wife and husband were separated, wife got pregnant by another man, (Paternity test says Husband is NOT father) Now divorced, does husband owe child support?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jul 10, 2019

Hello. Lots of unanswered questions here. Was test done by court approved testing service? Did Husband hold himself out to be child's father? Did he sign birth certificate? If they had a settlement agreement, did he agree to pay support? Was husband adjudicated the father by the Court? Was he... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My husband and I have custody of our 3 grandsons. After 3 years now, we want to adopt them. Parents are no longer

Together. Despite the court order 3 years ago, neither has paid any child support nor do they visit regularly. Can this be grounds for involuntary parental termination?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jul 10, 2019

Hello. Sounds like you need to either file an agreed to adoption (if both parents will consent of course) or a Termination of Parental Rights, settle that, then file your adoption. I suggest seeking an attorney in your area to help you through the process. Best of luck!

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Q: My x-husband stopped paying child support when our son was 15. He is now 25. Can I still get that child support?

My x-husband owes from 2009 to 2013. What do I need to do?

Shane Michael Oncale
Shane Michael Oncale answered on Jul 9, 2019

Contact DHR in your jurisdiction. If a child support order was in place and he has not paid then he will owes and a judgment can be entered against him and collection activity commenced.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Do non custodial parents of an adopted child have to pay for college in Alabama?

We adopted our son when he was 6 through DHR. Long story short, we had an extremely out of control child. He was with us for 10 years. We went through years of him stealing, writing kill lists, bringing weapons into our home, etc. Finally, after years of trying to help him we made the decision to... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jul 1, 2019

Hello. Unless you signed a contract agreeing to pay for "post-minority" support, then no, you do NOT pay those costs. You can call the domestic relations clerk in the county where the case is and ask their procedure on how to stop child support at 19. It should be a form and roughly $20-$30. Each... Read more »

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