Legislature Ups the Ante for Parents, Relatives and Foster Parents in Child Custody cases…

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Legislature Ups the Ante for Parents, Relatives and Foster Parents in Child Custody cases…

Termination of Parental Rights in Child Custody cases is known as the “civil death penalty,” and as if the stakes weren’t already high enough, the Alabama State Legislature has amended the Alabama Code to up the ante for the parents, relatives and foster parents involved. It’s now more important than ever for all parties and […]

Hearsay in Child Custody Cases…

Think “he said, she said” cases are hard? Imagine if it’s “the child said” or “this other guy said” or, as is the case in a lot of DHR cases, “this anonymous caller said.” Sounds like a mess, doesn’t it? ???? That’s why we’re digging into the vault in this, the week of Foxtrot’s 5th […]

When Can I Appeal my DHR Child Custody Case…?

One of the many reasons parents and caring relatives get confused in DHR cases is because they don’t know when Juvenile Court judgments are “final” for the purposes of “post-judgment relief” in the Juvenile Court and or appeal. Folks, you are not alone. The Juvenile Courts and even the Court of Civil Appeals is right […]

Dealing with DHR – WTH is an ISP?!?!

If you’ve ever dealt with DHR regarding #ChildCustody, you may have wondered, “WTH is an ISP?!?!”  The term “ISP” is an initialism short for Individualized Service Plan. What is an ISP? Who’s involved? Is it “binding” on parents? On DHR? Or, is it what one lawyer called a “sham proceeding” according to a dissenting opinion […]

Foxtrot Fanmail on Representing Drug Addicts in Child Custody Cases…

We get fanmail like this from time to time. We’re grateful for any opportunity to reflect on our values at Foxtrot Family Law and how the decisions we make and actions we take reflect those values, even and especially when others don’t share them. We stand behind our clients and if it comes down to […]

Paternal Relatives’ Objections to Termination of Dad’s Child Custody Rights Overruled, for now…

Really, really sad fact pattern / story including violence against family members and children considered by the Court of Civil Appeals and discussed here so proceed with caution or avoid if the legal discussion and information isn’t worth reading about some really sad stuff. A maternal grandfather with Sole Physical Custody subject to the visitation […]

Want a fair Child Custody fight with DHR? Know this Rule…

Has the Supreme Court Ever Ruled on Child Custody Issues?

Yes, and it’s a good thing they have. The United States Constitution doesn’t explicitly say a darn thing about Child Custody. So, like other non-enumerated rights now deemed to be and taken for granted as fundamental, it took “common law” rulings of the Courts to firmly establish your right to raise your children as the […]

Is Your “Free Speech” Focused on Your Mission?

What does free speech have to do with pizza? We’ll get there…We’re big fans of the first amendment, free speech and self-expression. I don’t necessarily like the phrase “stay in your lane.” But I do understand the value of focus, priorities and Deep Work. We want to be true to our mission and purpose at […]

Appellate Court in Child Custody Case Upholds Right to Refuse DHR Drug Tests…

In a ruling just released on 10-18-2019, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals overturned a trial court’s Termination of Parental Rights of a father who “routinely refused to [drug] test,” according to DHR. The Court stated that “the failure to test does not constitute affirmative proof that [someone] is using drugs.” Id est, and make […]