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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 »

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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
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.

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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
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
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...
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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
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 »

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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
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
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Custody/divorce paper does not include taxes. Now being threatened with jail for claiming 1 of 3 children. Best option?

I pay child support on time and am a full time college student.

Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Jan 8, 2021

You are not going to jail, nor likely to face consequences. If the order is silent, then you have as much right to claim as the other parent. I would get the order amended by consent if you can agree or the court can do it for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My son turned 18 and moved out of his mother's house to live with his girlfriend. Does child support continue ?

I am current on my child support

Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Dec 10, 2020

As general rule, the order will not self-terminate until a new Court order is entered; states have different versions of laws governing how and when the child is emancipated and when the child support obligation ends.

While the custodial parent is not entitled to the child support on...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Alabama on
Q: I have recordings proving abuse & negligence by my baby's father. Can I use this to keep him away from her/protect her?

He recently got a domestic charge (3rd degree) with another woman (called in by his neighbors). I spoke to a previous girlfriend as well & both tell me horrible things he's done to them (text).

He put our infant daughter in danger many times & screamed at her, tossed her onto... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Nov 23, 2020

You have all the rights. Do not let him bully you into seeing her and possibly hurting her. You do not have to let him see her and it is bad for you if you do, knowing what he does. Go to DHR and sign up for child support. They do not do visitation nor custody. He will have to get a lawyer to get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Health Care Law for Alabama on
Q: My niece has never been to school and she is now almost 16 years old , can her mother get in trouble ?

The two sisters are 8 and 11 and have never been to school either and their brother is almost 18 . She was saying she homeschooled the children yet never did so . The children do not know how to spell , know their left from right and can hardly even add or subtract . Yet alone don’t even have... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Nov 23, 2020

The county DHR can help. Best of luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: I'm paying child support for two children. One is now age 19. Does support automatically stop for him?

Do I have to send a request to the court? The mother and myself are in agreement with modifying the support, if it is not automatic. I just need to know what steps to take - i.e. forms, letter(?), etc. Are there fees?

Shane Michael Oncale
Shane Michael Oncale answered on Nov 18, 2020

You have to go back to court for you child support to be reset with a new calculation done for the remaining child. By the way, it does not cut in half.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: My son got a girl pregnant. The girls mother is a narcissist nutcase.

Her and her mother threaten my son with not being able to see his baby if he doesn't jump to her every demand. They are 18 and 19. It will be a bigger issue once the baby gets here. Were do I start legally helping him establishing his rights

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Nov 12, 2020

The first thing your son has to do is learn what his rights are. If he wants a right to the child he is going to have to go to court. He should sign the birth certificate. If they attempt to stop him, he should register with the Putatative Father's Registery (Ala. Code 26-10C-1). After the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Q: My son's girlfriend and him have a 3 month old child and the girlfriend is hanging around people in probation with drugs

And pawning the baby off on her parents. The baby has my son's last name and my son is listed as the father on the birth certificate. Does my son have any rights to get his son away from this bad situation. The girls mother wants to raise the baby as hers.

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

Yes absolutely!!! Get to a lawyer immediately and petition the court for temporary custody. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: My arrears is paid off, how do I stop the payments from coming out? What forms do I fill out ?

I made contact with the child support office in Shelby County, AL the office say I need to fill out a petition, she tells me CS-47, 'Petition for Termination upon Payment of Arrears' is that the petition I'm suppose to fill out. I just want some straight answers, so I can stop any... Read more »

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

Go to eforms.alacourt.gov and look for form CS-37 which is the form Petition for Termination After Payment of Arrears. That’s the form

You need to fill out and file with the clerks office to stop the withholding. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Alabama on
Q: In the state of alabama does a teen mother have the rights to where her baby can and can’t go
Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 30, 2020

Yes, she’s the baby’s mother!

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