Alabama Parent-Child Relationship Protection Act
Ala. Code § 30-3-160 et. Seq.
Alabama law requires each party in child custody action who has either custody of, or the right of visitation with a child, to notify other parties who have custody of, or the right of visitation with the child, of any change in his or her address or telephone number, or both, and of any change or proposed change of principal residence and telephone number, or numbers of a child.
This is a continuing duty and remains in effect for each child subject to the custody or visitation provisions of this decree until your child reaches the age of majority (age 18) or becomes emancipated and for so long as you are entitled to custody of or visitation with a child covered by this order.
If there is to be a change of principal residence by you or your child subject to the custody or visitation provisions of this order, you must provide the following information to each person who has custody or visitation rights under this decree as follows:
- The intended new residence, including the specific street address, if known
- The mailing address, if not the same as the street address
- The telephone number or numbers at such residence, if known.
- If applicable, the name, address, and telephone number of the school to be attended by the child, if known.
- The date of the intended change of principal residence of a child.
- A statement of the specific reasons for the proposed change of principal residence of a child, if applicable.
- A proposal for a revised schedule of custody of or visitation with a child, if any.
Notice of Relocation
Unless you are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and are being transferred or relocated pursuant to a non-voluntary order of the government, a warning to the non-relocating person that an objection to the relocation must be made within 30 days of receipt of the notice or the relocation will be permitted.
You must give notice by certified mail of the proposed change of principle residence on or before the 45th day before a proposed change of principal residence. If you do not know and cannot reasonably become aware of such information in sufficient time to provide a 45 day notice, you must give notice by certified mail not later than the 10th day after the date that you obtain such information.
Your failure to notify other parties entitled to notice of your intent to change the principal residence of a child may be taken into account in a modification of the custody of or visitation with the child.
Objection to Relocation
If you, as the non-relocation party, do not commence an action seeking a temporary or permanent order to prevent the change of principal of a child within 30 days after receipt of notice of the intent to change the principal residence of the child, the change of principal residence is authorized.
Contact a Child Custody Relocation Attorney
If you are a custodial parent and want to relocate with your child, or you want to prevent the relocation of your child, contact Gina H. McDonald & Associates, in Birmingham, Alabama.