Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support

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Nolo, Oct 1, 2013 - Law - 382 pages
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 Whether you and your spouse agree on custody questions or you're fighting it out in court, you need solid information to help you deal with the child-focused parts of your divorce.

Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody & Divorce offers guidance and resources at every step, from choosing a custody plan to enforcing its support. Learn everything you need to know about:

. types of custody and factors used in custody decisions
. how child support is determined and the role that state agencies play
. steps to take in the first month of divorce, including figuring out who stays and who goes
. steps to take during the second month, including negotiating custody and support with the spouse
. hiring and working with a lawyer or gathering resources for self-representation
. custody trial court procedures and how to talk to the kids about the trial
. enforcing a custody order if a parent moves
. how to change custody

The book covers special situations such as military parents and custody, and also addresses high tension issues, such as parental kidnapping and when it might be appropriate for you to have your kids testify or talk to the judge.

Charts provide state custody criteria and help you calculate child support yourself, and sample documents illustrate how to deal with document preparation for a "show cause" hearing on custody and support.


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Basics of Child Support
When You Decide to Divorce The First Month
Avoiding a Custody or Support Trial Alternatives to Court
Dealing With the Court Paperwork and Court Hearings
Going to Trial
Custody Orders Living With Enforcing and Changing Them
Child Support Orders Living With Enforcing and Changing Them
Worst Case Scenarios Kidnapping Abuse and Interference With Custody
Custody and Support in Military Families
The Law How to Work With a Lawyer and Do Your Own Legal Research
50State Charts
Online Legal Forms
Book Registration and Updates

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About the author (2013)

 Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area for more than 15 years. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.

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