Child Custody is about Deciding Who You Are…Not What You Do

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Child Custody is about Deciding Who You Are…Not What You Do

There’s a big difference between saying “I quit smoking” and “I’m not a smoker.” Especially in DHR cases, you can’t be effective in your Child Custody case by checking boxes. It’s about deciding who you are and the decisions and actions that flow out of that. ~ Are you the kind of person who is […]

(video) Separation of Powers with DHR in Child Custody

The Three Branches of Child Custody Government…

Here’s a free #ChildCustody civics lesson with citations to Alabama Law (know your sources). We call it “Separation of Powers” or “Checks and Balances.” You might find it helpful when dealing with DHR (executive branch) or the Family Courts (judicial branch), more generally: Ala.Const. Art. III, § 42 (a) The powers of the government of […]

Dealing with DHR on Child Custody issues? Declare Independence for you and your Family.

Quick Tips for Dealing with the GAL in your DHR Child Custody Case…

If you’re dealing with DHR and there is an active custody case in the Juvenile Court system, Alabama law mandates that a Guardian ad Litem, “GAL” (pronounced /jē/ • /ā/ • /el/), be appointed. For practical purposes, think of the GAL as a lawyer for the child or children involved, just like your lawyer. DO […]

Attorney-Client Privilege in Child Custody…

What is the Attorney-Client Privilege in #ChildCustody cases and where does it come from? ~ We’ve all heard that honesty is the best policy. You have to be honest with your doctor and counselors to get the treatment you need. You also have to be honest with your #ChildCustody lawyers to get the advice and […]

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 […]