Area of Law:
Child Support, the Contract You Signed
Free Legal Aid provides useful information about child custody. In addition to the video here, be sure you check out other resources.
Although the “tender years” doctrine has long been officially out of fashion, some judges still believe that younger children should live with their mothers, especially if the mother has been the primary caregiver. check to learn more.
When courts are asked to answer the question of what religion a child should follow after a separation or divorce, they often balance two competing interests, the best interests of the child, and the rights of the parents. check to learn more.
Parents are often devastated to find out that their former significant other is seeking sole physical custody, as if that phrase automatically means that there is an intent to preclude one parent from the child's life. check to learn more.
Legal custody is the authority that parents have to make decisions for and about their children. This includes decisions about education, medical care, religion, extracurricular activities, etc. You need to include information about how you and the other parent will share or divide legal custody in your parenting plan. check to learn more.
If the court has placed any stipulations on your ability to recover custody, go ahead and take steps toward completing those demands, rather than arguing over their validity. Fast, thorough compliance will reflect favorably on you in front of the court. check to learn more.