Court Dismisses Appeal from Non-Final Custody Decision

The Court of Civil Appeals was without jurisdiction to review a custody decision in J.M.M. v. J.C., 2090172 (Ala. Civ. App. May 7, 2010), because the trial court had not resolved the issue of child support, making the judgment non-final.  "Generally, an appeal will lie only from a final judgment, and if there is not a final judgment then this court is without jurisdiction to hear the appeal . . . ‘A judgment is not final if it fails to completely adjudicate all issues between the parties.’"  To be final, custody decisions must include a determination of the parties’ child support obligations.