Honesty With Attorneys: Many people come to an attorney thinking they can tell them the minimum about their situation and garner maximum results. This simply is not the case.  Unfortunately, it has happened much more lately than I care to admit. As attorneys, we ask questions for a reason and we assume those answers are…

1. I owe arrears for child support and have a warrant for my arrest. How do I get the warrant lifted? You will need to appear in Court to get the warrant lifted. Many judges will make you pay “purge payments” toward the arrears owed before you will be released from jail. 2. Can I…

I get questions daily about protection from abuse orders. Here are some of the questions asked this week regarding protection from abuse orders and my answers. 1. I have a PFA against “Tony”. “Tony” will pay me to drop it. Is this legal? You cannot pay someone to drop a protection from abuse order they…

This change in filing fees could not have come at a worse time for many who have worked so hard to save for the filing of their immigration petitions. Beginning December 23, 2016, the filing fees for fees increased for two applications typically needed when a U.S. citizen petitions for permanent residency for a spouse…

NEW BOARD MEMBERS…A TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS New changes are taking place at the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.  Recently, longtime board member Robert P. Longshore announced his retirement.  Eddie Cook, former Assistant Executive Director to Phil Bryant, took Mr. Longshore’s place.  On the heels of his retirement also comes the retirement of longtime…

News flash:  If you are a parent that wishes they had custody of their child, yet your conduct makes you a less-than-stellar parent, you better get your priorities in order. 1. Judges look to the type of crowd you hang around because that is the type of crowd your children would hang around when they…

TOP CHILD CUSTODY FACTORS FOR THE COURT TO CONSIDER IN INITIAL CUSTODY DETERMINATIONS (WHERE CUSTODY HAS NEVER BEEN DETERMINED BY A COURT) 1. SEX AND AGE OF EACH CHILD 2. EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL, MORAL, MATERIAL AND EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF EACH CHILD 3. HOME ENVIRONMENTS OFFERED BY EACH PARTY 4. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH PARTY SEEKING CUSTODY,…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT 1. People embroiled in custody battles need to understand that your ex will try to use everything they can against you to get custody of the children you share.  As a result, you need to be smart about what you choose to post on social media accounts such as Facebook, MySpace, Instagram…

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