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States considering new way to approach child custody

For decades, all states awarded custody with similar goals in mind. With scant research available, judges and lawmakers assumed that it is best for children to live in a stable home. More often than not, this meant the court would award primary custody to one parent, to the exclusion of the other. But many state legislatures are considering new laws that would balance the approach courts take to determining custody.

Can the court order child support through college?

In short, yes, the court can and does order that child support continues through your child's college years. But the court will not only impose child support just because she attends college. The court will consider a variety of factors when implementing support orders. This post will discuss those factors and how they may result in continued child support payments.

Child support by the numbers

Child support is payments from one parent (the non-custodial or parent with less parenting time) to the parent with more parenting time. The purpose is to ensure that, even though the non-custodial parent is not directly participating, he or she is not relieved of their responsibility to the child. Under this logic child support payments, while given to the parent, are intended for the child's care.

The intricacies of interstate child custody dispute, Part 1

Is it possible for a court in a state in which you do not live to assert jurisdiction over your child custody dispute? The answer is, it depends. Once upon a time this was a legal tactic employed by vindictive parents involved in a nasty child custody dispute. One parent would "shop" around to obtain a favorable judgment. Luckily, most states have passed the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). This post will review the intricacies of interstate child custody disputes and how it may affect you.

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