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March 2016 Archives

An overview of how child support is calculated

Child support are payments made by one parent to the other to support the raising of their child. When one party has sole custody of the child, the non-custodial parent must pay child support to the custodial parent. If the couple holds joint custody, it is possible that no child support payments will be ordered because both parents are engaged in raising the child.

Internet companies try to streamline divorce

A variety of internet companies are offering applications and services to allow people to “affordably” file for divorce. Affordable is a relative term because most of these companies still charge several thousand dollars to prepare your divorce documents. This article will discuss how these programs improperly file your divorce papers and the consequences that you face.

Will you owe spousal support? Part 1

Spousal support is not automatically awarded. There are a multitude of factors that the court considers when determining if you should pay spousal support. Spousal support (also called "spousal maintenance" or "alimony") is awarded only to maintain your ex-spouses standard of living. If your ex-spouse is able to support themselves with their own income, then you may not have to pay spousal support at all. This article will go over some of the factors the court considers in determining whether or not to order support.

Grounds to terminate parental rights, pt. 2

The state can enter into a family and terminate parental rights over children. This is reserved only for the most extreme circumstances and only done when it is in the best interests of the child. The law generally presumes that it is in the best interest of the child to be raised by his or her own parents therefore it is up to the parent's to demonstrate that they lack the ability to raise their children.

State Department tips to prevent child abduction

Child abduction brings to mind images of scary men dressed in black with masks. The reality is that many abductions are perpetrated by people the child knows, like friends or parents. International child abduction by a parent occurs at a sufficient frequency that the State Department issued tips on how to identify and prevent it. This article will go over some of those tips and the steps you can take to reduce the risk.

Grounds to terminate parental rights pt. 1

The idea of the "state" swooping in and taking away a child is a parent's nightmare. The termination of parental rights is the most powerful tool that the government possesses to protect children. It is an extreme solution that is only used in the gravest of circumstances (or in adoption cases).

What is the legal significance of paternity?

Establishing paternity is critical for fathers to gain parental rights. How you establish paternity depends upon the circumstances of the birth, relationship between the parents and the relationship between the father and child. Paternity carries significant legal consequences for the child, mother and father. This article will explore those consequences and how they may apply to you.

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