Stephen Williams

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Guntersville, AL

Foxtrot Family Law
 | 460 Gunter Avenue, Guntersville, AL 35976
Phone: 256-213-1694
Selected To Rising Stars: 2019
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Stephen Williams is a Child Custody lawyer at Foxtrot Family Law, which has office locations in Guntersville and Huntsville, Alabama. Serving individuals and families throughout Marshall and Madison counties and the surrounding areas, Mr. Williams devotes his practice exclusively to family law, particularly as it relates to contentious child custody and support matters.

Early in his legal career, Mr. Williams had the fortune to work under the tutelage of a former juvenile judge, where he gained invaluable insight into the state's complicated child custody laws. This experience has served him well as he advocates on behalf of his clients who are trying to come to terms with their changing family dynamics and reach child custody agreements that will serve their families for years to come. He also has extensive experience with interstate child custody, fathers' rights, grandparents' rights, third-party custody and other similar matters.

Moreover, Mr. Williams has in-depth knowledge of juvenile law, and he has handled numerous cases involving child dependency, child abduction, child abuse and neglect, and other issues. A compassionate and altruistic attorney, he volunteers his time and services to those less fortunate with the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Huntsville-Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program, where he received the Volunteer of the Month award in 2013.

A 2006 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, Mr. Williams received his master's degree from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law that same year. He is an active member of his legal community, and he once served as president of the Marshall County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association's Huntsville Young Lawyers Section and the American Bar Association.

Recognized for his professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, he has earned numerous accolades from his peers along with "Superb" client ratings on Avvo and was selected as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star in 2019.

 
Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Paternity, Father's Rights

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Rising Stars: 2019

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About Stephen Williams

Admitted: 2010, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://www.thinkfoxtrot.com/attorneys/stephen-williams/

Honors/Awards:

  • Spotlight Volunteer of the Month, Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Guardian ad Litem, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • State Courts of Alabama
  • Vice President, Marshall County Bar Association, 2013
  • President, Marshall County Bar Association, 2014

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Guest Voices, The Supreme Court is the only one who doesn't have strong opinions about paying NCAA athletes - This article provides analysis, review and commentary of the United States Supreme Court's denial of writ of certiorari in O'Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association., 2016

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • A sworn adoption petition was filed with the Probate Court. The identity and information of the father of the child was wrongfully specified as “unknown." The father found out about the birth of a child that was possibly his. Foxtrot removed the proceeding to the Juvenile Court, established paternity through DNA testing, and successfully set aside an award of temporary custody to the adoptive parents due to lack of service on the father. Temporary Custody was awarded to the father pending further proceedings. , 2019
  • Foxtrot was hired to increase and enforce a judgment for Child Support against a parent failing to pay support under the previous order. The case was resolved by Agreement without a contested hearing. Child support was increased to a fair rate in consideration of the non-custodial parent's income, and an additional portion of the outstanding Child Support judgment shall be paid each month for the non-custodial parent to avoid contempt. An income withholding order was entered to take necessary payments directly out of the non-custodial parent's paycheck from work., 2019
  • DHR sought to compel involuntary compliance with DHR’s investigation and to compel drug testing for Father to aid in meeting DHR's own burden of proof by "clear and convincing evidence." Upon lack of probable cause to compel, the Father successfully asserted his Fourth Amendment right to refuse such compliance and testing, both informally and before the Court. DHR voluntarily dismissed the Child Custody case against Father due to lack of evidence. (Each legal problem is different, and past performance does not guarantee future results.), 2019

Representative Clients:

  • Contract Counsel, Juvenile Court, Marshall County Indigent Defense Advisory Board

Videos:

  • Okay Grandmothers, grandfathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all Caring Relatives...once you have been court-ordered some kind of #ChildCustody or Visitation Rights you are now entitled to substantive due process and procedural due process and have a right to your day in court about these issues. A Grandmother asked on https://www.avvo.com/ whether "it was legal" for another relative to take Child Custody away from her without letter her know. There are legal processes that allow for that at the very beginning of a case but you are entitled to either retrieve copies of those documents from the Courthouse or "be served" with copies. Long story short, it's not legal to take Child Custody away from a Caring Relative without going through the correct process and giving that Caring Relative an opportunity to make their case for what's in the best interests of a child or children. More importantly, though, just asking "is this legal" isn't going to do you any good. You've got to take action, (just like the Other Side did) if you are going to get anything done. Being armed with information is important, but it only does any good when you're prepared to pull the trigger. The information provided here is general in nature and not to be considered legal advice for your unique situation or circumstance. However, you can visit our online scheduling page at www.ThinkFoxtrot.com/public_calendars/ anytime, 24-7, and find a time to come into one of our offices and get the specific, actionable information you need to be effective in your Child Custody case., Grandmother asks “Is this Legal?” in Child Custody…?, 2019
  • This is commonly misunderstood by committed parents and caring relatives, (and even lawyers!), in child custody cases. DHR does amazing work for the community and for children but only in very specific roles and that doesn't include fighting for YOU and what YOU want for YOUR child in a child custody case. The information provided here is general in nature and not to be considered legal advice for your unique situation or circumstance. However, you can visit our online scheduling page at www.ThinkFoxtrot.com/public_calendars/ anytime, 24-7, and find a time to come into one of our offices and get the specific, actionable information you need to be effective in your Child Custody case., FYI, DHR does not represent you in your Child Custody case., 2016
  • "What are my chances of getting Custody???" This is definitely going in the FAQ but unfortunately, it's never going to get a straight answer. Sorry. #ChildCustody and #CoParenting are about thriving in chaos, reassessment as you go along and doing something to move the ball forward. I'm sure a lot of really smart people in North Alabama want to know that A causes B then we C and so on, but it just doesn't work like that. The better question is this...is doing nothing a solution? The information provided here is general in nature and not to be considered legal advice for your unique situation or circumstance. However, you can visit our online scheduling page at www.ThinkFoxtrot.com/public_calendars/ anytime, 24-7, and find a time to come into one of our offices and get the specific, actionable information you need to be effective in your Child Custody case., What are my chances in my Child Custody case?, Child Custody, Co-Parenting, 2019
  • Parents and relatives in child custody cases tend to probe way too much into the child's time with the co-parent or co-relative custodian with the child. Kids learn all too quickly when a parent wants gossip or dirt on the other side and it's too often a subject of conversation. They learn that that's how to get attention. Younger children may even lie to each side to get a desired emotional reaction. Just be smart., In Child Custody, please don't use your child as a spy., 2016
  • Do not concern yourself with someone "feels" about a situation. You can't control how someone feels; you can only control what you do. It is "what you do" that produces facts. Facts are what makes a difference in a child's life. Facts are what means something to a Judge.There may be no more emotionally charged environment than a contested child custody proceeding. Focusing on the facts will help your case from both a practical perspective and an emotional perspective, reminding you of the difference of what you can and can't control., Focus on the Facts in Your Child Custody Case, Family Law, 2016
  • "Hearsay" is probably the most common objection and limit on evidence in child custody cases, and it makes sense. That makes it all the more important to understand how to work with your lawyer to make sure you are prepared for your child custody hearing., Hearsay in Child Custody Cases, Family Law, 2015

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Music, Guitar Performance - Birmingham-Southern College, 2006
  • Masters of Business Administration - University of Alabama Manderson Graduate School of Business, 2010

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association - Family Law Section
  • Practice Management Section; Alabama Bar Association; Marshall County Bar Association; Huntsville Ma
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Office Location for Stephen Williams

460 Gunter Avenue
Guntersville, AL 35976

Phone: 256-213-1694

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Last Updated: 12/29/2019

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