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 […]

Criticism and Disagreement and Learning and Growth in Child Custody…

It’s hard not to fear criticism, even for us. We take on difficult cases against individuals and state agencies who think they’re just as right as we think we are and they’re more than willing to tell us so in no uncertain terms. It never feels good and you never really get used to it. […]

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 […]

Child Custody Devotional – Every one of us has all we need…

Every one of us has all we need. – John Lennon / Paul McCartney So normally I pick out a Bible verse to write about on Sundays. But wisdom, even spiritual insight, comes from anywhere and everywhere. That’s because fundamental truth is just that, and it’s not confined to a certain book or genre or […]

The Best Answers I’ve Ever Heard in Child Custody Cases – Communication Issues…

You’ve heard the phrase the ends justify the means. I’m not sure that’s true. I think being thoughtful, intentional and then authentic in your decisions and behavior is the best course in #ChildCustody and #CoParenting, whatever the ends might be. That said, this is one of the best answers by a witness I’ve ever heard […]

Are Mothers Really “Favored” in Child Custody Cases…?

“There can be no doubt that our Nation has had a long and unfortunate history of sex discrimination. Traditionally, such discrimination was rationalized by an attitude of ‘romantic paternalism’ which, in practical effect, put women, not on a pedestal, but in a cage.” Justice William Brennan There is certainly a perception that the family courts […]

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 […]

(video) – The 5th Weekend in Child Custody & Visitation…Answers on Avvo

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 […]