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Jill T. Karle has been practicing law in Alabama for almost 30 years with a concentration in the area of adoptions, family law, juvenile court practice, probate and child support Jill received a Juris Doctorate degree magna cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama in 1992. Jill was the Managing Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Jill has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Vermont.

Jill has represented clients throughout Alabama in both state and federal courts. From 2001 until 2010, Jill was an Assistant Attorney General for Alabama’s Department of Human Resources working with abused and neglected children and with the child support unit. Jill is a state certified Guardian Ad Litem for juvenile court practice. Jill is a member of the Shelby County Bar Association and has been admitted to practice in the Northern and Middle District Federal Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Jill is married to morning news host for local WVTM-Channel 13 – Rick Karle. They have two children.

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Adoptions 101

Adoptions 101

Any person over the age of 19 years residing in Alabama, regardless of advanced years or relationship to the adoptee can adopt. Both children and adults can be adopted under Alabama law. Both single people and married couples may adopt in Alabama. Adoptions are done in the Probate Court of the county in which the child resides, the petitioners reside or where the placing agency does business.

Divorce 101

Divorce 101

Alabama is a no fault divorce state which means that a couple does not need a reason to get divorced except the inability to get along. An uncontested divorce is one in which the husband and wife agree to all of the terms of the divorce, such as property and debt division, alimony, custody and child support, and are willing to sign paperwork to that effect. The paperwork can be done by one attorney and the couple need not go to court. A contested divorce is one in which the terms of the divorce are in contention. This involves court appearances and takes much longer and is much more expensive than an uncontested divorce.

Wills & Estates 101

Wills & Estates 101

Wills can be simple or complex. Wills can be probated after the death of a loved one or an estate can be opened without a will. In most cases, having a will tends to shorten the probate process and makes the process much less expensive. Some estates may never need to be probated but this is rare. This occurs only when all property owned by the decedent passes directly to a beneficiary. However, If the deceased owned property solely in his name or without acknowledged beneficiaries, the only way to transfer title to that property is to probate the estate.

Child Support 101

Child Support 101

In Alabama, child support is based on each parent’s combined gross monthly income.  Calculations are made based on The Alabama Child Support Guidelines and deviations from these calculations are not common but can be done with good reason. Income is defined very broadly and includes overtime and bonus payments even if not guaranteed by an employer.  If one parent does not work but is capable of working, income can be imputed to the non-working parent for the purpose of calculating the monthly child support payments.  Work related day care and health insurance payments for the minor child or children are also factored into the final total for the monthly child support payments.  Monthly Child support payments can be paid directly from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent or directly to the custodial parent from the non-custodial parent’s employer.


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