Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Alabama Family Law Questions & Answers
1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Probate for Alabama on
Q: My mother passed away in 2016. My father was the executor of her estate. She inherited oil leases in a few states from

her parents. My father didn't transfer them over to his name. He passed in 2019. I am the executor to his estate. Problem is, she passed in Alabama and I am a resident of Virginia. We had to get a 3rd party resident of AL to handle the transfers of the oil leases to a LLC for my sister and... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 10, 2022

I assume that there's an attorney involved with your mother's estate? if so, speak to that attorney. if you have issues with him, then consult with another probate attorney and seek what is recommended.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Can they keep my kids away from me

I left my boyfriend 4 months ago cause of domestic reason. We have 3 kids together. We were living in Jackson Al when this happened. He left and went to fort Payne Alabama with the kids . He hasn't let me get them or see them since and I've tried.. well now he's locked up in Cherokee... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Jun 10, 2022

You have a hot mess here. You have to get into Court on this and file an action to establish paternity and custody. He is violent and you have been to jail for drug use. Find a lawyer you practices in your County and get this before a judge... the sooner the better.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Where to file adoption paperwork

I relocated w children. I had court & other parents permission. It’s now been 3 years and my husband wants to adopt the children we would file in the state where we currently live correct since the child visitation case in Florida has been closed since we moved…

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Jun 9, 2022

YOu file the step parent adoption with the probate court in the county in which you live.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Q: I am a paternal grandmother who has helped raise my almost 5 year grandson. Can I get visitation. We are Super close.

The biological parents never married and my son doesnt help take care of child so I have been in his place. Mother now took child rom me. I want visitation. Can I get it. My grandson sees me at least half the month and is extremely bonded to me. I have cared for him since birth. Mother... Read more »

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 30, 2022

Family Court Act §651(b) has a procedure for grandparents to obtain an order of visitation first by proving exigency, and then proving best interests. That takes two hearings and really requires the help of an attorney.

The general policy throughout these United States is to limit child...
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: what does this case mean? DR-2009-900-405.01
Jared Dale Vaughn
Jared Dale Vaughn
answered on May 26, 2022

You'd additionally need the county , but this is a case number.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Does both the CP (and/or DHR) and judge must approve a child support arrears rebate request or can just one of them?

I have been paying child support as directed by the latest support order (from 5 yrs ago) and have been consistent about it whenever I've had a job. The new order had an arrears amount added to it of $3,474. There was even a time when I was living in AZ I was paying extra in hopes of paying... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 9, 2022

This appears to be a question concerning Alabama law. So you should ask it in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Alabama.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Military Law for Alabama on
Q: Can my ex stop me from moving out of state with the kids, even though she already moved out of state?

My ex moved out of state 2 months after the divorce. 3 years later I got married again and my wife is active duty military, which means we will have to move to another state soon. My ex keep saying she don't want the kids away from her, but she moved to Fl 3 years ago, and has violated the... Read more »

Philip D. Cave
PREMIUM
Philip D. Cave
answered on Feb 23, 2022

You and your wife should go to the Base Legal Assistance Office. You are both entitled to free legal assistance. They will have some of the answers there. If they don't, they will have a referral list of local lawyers familiar with military divorces and PCS.

It partly depends on what...
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My mom has my kids I pay child support and she won't let me see them what do I need to do
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones
answered on Feb 21, 2022

Hello, thanks for your question. It depends on facts that are not listed in your question. You can file for visitation, modification, and maybe contempt if you've already been given visitation in an order. Anything filed would be on the Court where the last order was issued. Best of luck!

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Does child support for 2 children suddenly drop in half when one child turns 19?

My oldest turned 19 & my youngest is 16. When my son turned 19 their father cut child support from $400 for 2 & then started paying $200. There was no discussion or anything. I just started receiving 1/2 of the payment. I was just wondering if that is the way it is suppose to be done or if... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones
answered on Feb 16, 2022

Thank you for your question. No, that is not how child support is calculated. It should have been recalculated according to Rule 32 guidelines. A modification to recalculate should be filed to address the remaining child and enter an IWO so the arbitrary reduction in payments do not happen again.... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Who has custody of the parents weren't married?

The child is 2yo boy. The parents were never married. The mother has filed for child support through DHR (pending) and no custody has be arranged or started. The mother tried to press charges for DV but they were dropped. The mother was given 7 days to leave with their child and her other 2... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones
answered on Jan 13, 2022

Thank you for the question. Neither party has legal custody of the child until a court order is issued. The mother has filed a case in a certain state, if she leaves, there are jurisdictional issues that may be raised by the court or the father if she moves or fails to pursue the case. Of course... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Q: How can I legally have someone removed from my home

I have told him to leave. He seems to think because he has mail coming to my house he is a resident

William Vann Burkett
William Vann Burkett
answered on Dec 14, 2021

Generally, the landowner of real estate may bring a claim of ejectment against an individual living on the property without a lease. If the owner of the real estate and the resident have a written lease, then an action for eviction or unlawful detainer would likely be proper. You may find it... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Married in washington state, recently moved to alabama, (ex) husband included. He moved back to Washington. Need advice.

I have been seperated from my (ex) for 3 years, we all moved to alabama 4 months ago, so my kids and i have not established residency yet. He moved back to Washington State after having problems here. I would like a divorce and a parenting plan in place because he is already asking to have the kids... Read more »

Shane Michael Oncale
PREMIUM
Shane Michael Oncale
answered on Nov 1, 2021

There is a whole lot to unbundle in your scenario and you really need to set up and have a consultation with an attorney with experience in the particular venue where your case will be filed. It is going to take some finesse to work your situation to your advantage.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Mother of my 11 year old son lied and claimed another man on birth certificate. Do I have rights?

I have a Dna test and she has publicly acknowledged I am his biological father and after 8 months of me being involved she has kicked me out of his life for over 250 days. I have counsel just was gathering a lot of other opinions.

Shane Michael Oncale
PREMIUM
Shane Michael Oncale
answered on Oct 27, 2021

I suggest you consult your retained attorney on this issue and ask him or her to explain your options. If they cannot do so adequately the process would be to let them go and seek out another attorney rather than to keep them retained and seek opinions from other attorneys. No matter how you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Civil Litigation for Alabama on
Q: What is the law when it comes to separation before divorce in AL? Can you move out immediately?

I am miserable living under the same roof with my spouse. I came clean about being gay, and admitted to an emotional affair - but no intimacy took place. I'm too afraid to leave because he'll say I abandoned my house and belongings. We don't talk, just argue and ignore each other.... Read more »

Shane Michael Oncale
PREMIUM
Shane Michael Oncale
answered on Sep 13, 2021

I cannot tell you how much confusion there is out there on the streets with this concept of "abandonment." Once upon a time (not as long ago as you would think but long enough ago that it doesn't bear more than a few words to address) you had to prove cause to get a divorce. There... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Does Alabama have rights for an aunt if the mother dies?

So my sister died and she has 1 child. This child’s father is living, but can’t get custody of a dog if he wanted to, and has had prior cases where he was denied custody of other children. The child in question was given to his dads mom and it was court ordered for her to keep us in touch with... Read more »

Nelson Craig Johnson
Nelson Craig Johnson
answered on Sep 7, 2021

If the Court Order assigning custody lays out conditions that must be met then you can enforce them. However, if the Court granted custody without assigning those conditions then it is likely nothing could be done. Alabama has only recently recognized grandparents rights and the law is still a bit... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: My child's father has not been seen since I was 2 months pregnant.

He contacted me via text while I was pregnant, but never asked me about the baby. I always kept lines of communication open and told him he could ask at any time. My child is almost 1 now, he has not tried to make any contact. I changed my number (new phone) but he knows where I live. I have not... Read more »

Nelson Craig Johnson
Nelson Craig Johnson
answered on Jul 27, 2021

It sounds like the first thing that he would have to do is file a claim with the court requesting to establish paternity. Assuming he is the father and paternity is established he would then need to request sole or joint custody, or request that he be given visitation rights.

The key...
Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Alabama on
Q: Daughter is 16 and pregnant by her 17yr old boyfriend. His parents are threatening to take the child away from her.

His parents are threatening to take the baby away from her (when the baby is born) if she stops seeing him. He is verbally and emotionally abusive towards her, has exhibited controlling behaviors towards her. She believes they can do this based on what they told her a police friend told them they... Read more »

Shane Michael Oncale
PREMIUM
Shane Michael Oncale
answered on May 4, 2021

If you wish to discuss this matter off line please feel free to contact me. This type of adult on child abuse makes me very angry and I would rather not air my feelings on this subject here as some may find it offensive. To start with the ages, depending on the birth dates involved, do not... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Alabama on
Q: What can be done about a liable or slanderous statement involving a crime and the welfare of children?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 4, 2021

An Alabama attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. You could reach out to attorneys in your area who handle defamation cases. As a GENERAL matter, these types of cases are not usually handled on a contingency basis like a car accident - which means that regardless of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Family Law and Military Law for Alabama on
Q: my ex husband is being activated for 6 months. he is national guard and we have 50/50 custody.

We do not have court ordered child support. We have been divorced for 2 years and has been activated several times for a period of more than 30 days. Is there a way to get temporary child support while he's away for 6 months? I have tried to ask him about it but he just says he's not... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
PREMIUM
Sabra M. Janko
answered on Mar 14, 2021

Each military service requires that servicemembers support dependents. You can ask his military command to require him to pay you a monthly amount. The amount is set forth in service regulations. Usually it is related to the housing allowance amount.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Im 5k behind on child support since covid hit. I'm wondering what I should do & will I be going to jail for this?
Shane Michael Oncale
PREMIUM
Shane Michael Oncale
answered on Feb 13, 2021

You should immediately consult an attorney or file yourself to have your child support payments suspended or at least reduced. One of the big secrets of child support that they should make you aware of when you are first ordered to pay but don't is that if something happens in your life that... Read more »

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.