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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Can an 18 year old live away from his parents without their consent, without legal consequences for anyone involved?

Parents are trying to force a relationship on the child with someone the child decided to no longer have a relationship with.

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jul 1, 2020

Hello. No. 19 is the age majority in Alabama. When the child becomes an adult, then he/she can decide. Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Education Law and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Is there a way to have child support payments adjusted for a 15 year old who’s mother will not put him in school?

My husband has paid child support for his son, who is 15 years old, for the last 14 years, as ordered. The mother no longer adheres to the visitation they set In court. The mother refuses to enroll the child in public, private, or homeschool. The child has also been living back and forth between... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jun 30, 2020

Hello. He has a right to take her back to court and enforce the orders in place for his visitation, school, etc. To answer your question about child support payment adjustment, no. The child is entitled to his parent's financial support until he is 19 years old, joins the military, or becomes... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My husband and I filed for divorce. When would the child support begin?
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jun 29, 2020

Child support begins the 1st day of the month following the date the divorce is signed. But it’s usually paid by Income Withholding Order and that takes an additional month to start, so he should pay the first month by check directly to you since they withhold.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Can my husband get court ordered child support? We're still legally married.

I recently moved out of the home I shared with my husband because there's too many people living there (his Mom, his brother, and 2 of his nephews) and he and I no longer got along. Our two kids are still living with him. He said he was going to the courts and ask for a court order. I still... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jun 21, 2020

Hello. He can if he files for divorce. You need to seek legal advice immediately to protect yourself and your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Mychild is 16 she don't go to school haven't been since at least 8 grade she is 7 months pregnant an she work
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jun 16, 2020

Hello. Yes, you still owe child support until she is 19 years old, 100% financially self-supporting, joins the military, or gets married, whichever occurs first.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My brother signed a birth certificate of a child that wasn’t his. Can he be charged with child support?
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jun 15, 2020

Hello. If they were not married and she files for child support, he needs to request a DNA test. Best of luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Can a custodial parent travel out of country for 5 months and return and regain custody?

The parents have joint custody, with the custodial parent leaving country for 5 months and not bringing child. Child will remain with non-custodial parent during that time. Is the non-custodial parent still expected to pay child support? Can the non-custodial parent win custody and receive child... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jun 9, 2020

Hello. The questions you raise have you thinking down the right path as to the type of things that may happen if you leave your child with the non-custodial parent. It would behoove you to seek local counsel and discuss with them all the issues you raised here. Best of luck!

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Wife Closed Bank Acct Where Pmt Was Sent

My husband pays child support every two weeks and it was previously deducted from his paycheck (not because he was in arrears but for convenience) he lost his job so for the past 6 months we have mailed personal checks directly to Alabama child support office. His ex wife called today and said she... Read more »

Shane Michael Oncale
Shane Michael Oncale answered on Jun 6, 2020

Your instinct on this is absolutely correct. It is up to her to keep her banking information current with Alabama Child Support Collection. They can also send her a debit card that does not use her bank or a check and she can then do what she wants with the check. You can pay direct if you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: If unwed women & known donor, both from TN, travel to AL to use ART facility, will he be protected from paying childsup

If an unwed woman residing in TN and a wed man living in TN both traveled to Alabama to use an art facility so that he could donate sperm to the unwed woman, would he be protected from paying child support? There would also be a contract signed releasing him from paying child support / having any... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jun 4, 2020

Hello. The facts given coupled with mom being unwed presents a scenario that the outcome depends on a lot of factors. You are creating a child that would have no legal father. Having a contract is good, but you create problems for it by jumping around and doing activities in different states. Child... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: If I pay child support but the children have stayed with me for 3 months must I pay support during this time
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jun 3, 2020

Yes. As long as there is a court Order in place you must pay. I would file for a modification of custody or primary placement so you can get it stopped.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Child support on a 18 year old who has a full time job and I pay bills for.

I have a 18 year old son who recently graduated HS. He received a great job offer right out of school. I currently pay $600 a month plus his other bills. The mom refuses to give him any of the support or apply it towards any of his bills. With me pay support and him having a full time good paying... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jun 3, 2020

Hello. You present several facts in your post and some of them raise further questions. A general answer is that child support typically does not stop until 19. However, it may stop if he is able to fully support himself financially and no longer needs any financial assistance from his parents.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My daughter father lives in a another state Seattle Washington. He's was ordered to pay child support he stopped.

It's been almost two year since she has received any payments she's 18 now and finished high school can she still receive any payments we went through DHR

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Jun 3, 2020

Yes. Sounds like she may want to contact her DHR caseworker. Support obligation does not stop until 19. Best of luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Does an absent father have a say so if a mother wants to relocate out of state with child for good faith reasons?

My child father and I were never married, he has never been placed on child support, or no kind of court or custody. He was barely supporting our daughter and I'm relocating closer to family for support and better living. Does he have the right to keep me in the state If he decides to fight... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Jun 3, 2020

A mother has full custody of a child born out of wedlock. There is nothing he can do except take you to court. And yes he will have to pay child support for the child if he takes you to court. Go where you have family and support, do what’s is best for your child.

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: I'm headed for a divorce after 5yrand we have a 5yr old child together , will I have to pay child support and alimony

I don't want to have to pay for neither one. We both make around the same amount of money !

Birmingham, al.

Travis T Juneau
Travis T Juneau answered on May 28, 2020

The short answer, without knowing much more, is that you will pay child support unless you have primary custody of the child. Alimony, either periodic or alimony in gross depends on a number of factors thus, it is impossible to know if you will have to pay it or not without all of the specifics.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
Q: I have a child that is fixing to turn 24yrs he came to live with me at 18 Year of age until he was 22 they still chargin

Me$415 a month I'm on SSDI can't work they take $100 a month out of my check an charge me interest on the rest by my adding they should have collected all an they still taking I'm thinking that they owe me some of my money back she has never done anything for him she would take his... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on May 26, 2020

Questions: is this the only child? or is he one of several for whom you are paying support from the same order? When he turned 19 or when he moved in with you, did you go back to Court and get the child support ended or reduced? Finally, is the $100 a month that is taken from your check for an... Read more »

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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Alabama on
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.

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