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Shane Michael Oncale

Shane Michael Oncale

The Oncale Firm
  • Divorce, Family Law, Domestic Violence
  • Alabama, Tennessee
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I pride myself in giving personal attention to my clients. Our firm represents individuals in the middle of a divorce or other family law crisis. In most cases, our clients will be faced with difficult issues that have a very real personal impact beyond the simple legal analysis. Most will be facing such issues and the law for the first time in their lives. Fear, confusion and uncertainly are rampant. We try to provide a safe haven and a place for sound advice handed out with patience, personal attention and compassion. If we can help you through the many issues involved in a divorce or family crisis, please do not hessitate to call on us. The first consultation is always free and you will speak with an actuall attorney for that consultaion and not merely a member of our staff.

Practice Areas
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
The Oncale Firm
Alabama State Bar
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
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Professional Associations
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Legal Answers
69 Questions Answered
Q. Daughter is 16 and pregnant by her 17yr old boyfriend. His parents are threatening to take the child away from her.
A: If you wish to discuss this matter off line please feel free to contact me. This type of adult on child abuse makes me very angry and I would rather not air my feelings on this subject here as some may find it offensive. To start with the ages, depending on the birth dates involved, do not preclude the entire conception being a crime committed by the offending parent's child. Second, a grandparent (of the father or the mother for that matter) cannot "take a child away" from the parent without specific proof of unfitness. It may be time that everyone involved head down to the courthouse and establish some official rights and responsibilities including the right for said 17 year old to get a job and start supporting his child rather than his parents attempting to control the situation by stating what they (who have no standing whatsoever) will do.
Q. Im 5k behind on child support since covid hit. I'm wondering what I should do & will I be going to jail for this?
A: You should immediately consult an attorney or file yourself to have your child support payments suspended or at least reduced. One of the big secrets of child support that they should make you aware of when you are first ordered to pay but don't is that if something happens in your life that causes you to be unable to pay the amount in full you MUST GO TO COURT IMMEDIATELY to adjust the amount. Even if it takes months or years to get a court date the Judge has the authority to forgive payments back to the day you file. The judge CANNOT make adjustments to any child support payments that came due before your sought relief...again CANNOT regardless of the reason. The example I often use is "What if I was in a comma. Could not pay. Could not file and ask for relief." The answer is well, tough. Sad but true and they don't tell you that when you are put on child support. No matter how valid your excuse or how much the judge believes you and wants to help you they can't. With all the discretion that is given a trail court judge, a reduction fo child support before relief is sought is not within that discretion. Even lawyers that do not practice are astounded that this is the law. Second, you can't go to jail for being unable to pay child support. That would be debtor prison and fortunately debtors prison is no longer part of our society. The definition of unable however is up for debate and that is what you will find yourself arguing when you are before a judge. I always advise my client to pay what they can when they can even if that is but a fraction of what is owed or even $1. It is easier to make the argument that someone was unable to pay but payed what they could when something has been paid than when nothing at all has been paid. Regardless the burden is on the party receiving the support to prove that you were able to pay and did not.
Q. I'm paying child support for two children. One is now age 19. Does support automatically stop for him?
A: You have to go back to court for you child support to be reset with a new calculation done for the remaining child. By the way, it does not cut in half.
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The Oncale Firm
1 Chase Corporate Dr
Birmingham, AL 35244
Telephone: (205) 458-9805
The Oncale Firm
7027 Madison Pike
Huntsville, AL 35806
Telephone: (205) 458-9805