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Why Paternity Tests are Important for Child Custody

Paternity tests establish biological fatherhood, which can have some significant bearing on child custody and support cases. In such a test, DNA is collected from the possible father and the child from cheek swabs or blood samples. The DNA gets spliced to determine if the two share chromosomes. These tests have a 99.9 percent accuracy… Read More »

When the Non-Custodial Parent Takes Your Child

Both parents are required by law to adhere to the strict terms set in child custody and visitation arrangements. Any changes to those arrangements must be made by written agreement or through a Court Order. If one parent is uncooperative with those terms, it can add some unnecessary tension to the relationship between the parents… Read More »

Protecting Your Rights During a Legal Separation

Legal separation is where a married couple either enters into an agreement known as a separation agreement or gets a determination from the Court which would to allow the couple to live separately and end their marital obligations, without technically ending the marriage. A legally separated couple cannot remarry. However, this agreement (or determination by… Read More »

When Do Courts Consider the Child’s Wishes in Custody Cases?

Child custody is one of the most important and potentially contentious elements of any divorce. Parents can work out their own custody arrangements outside of court as part of an uncontested divorce, but if they cannot come to their own agreements, the decision is left up to a Supreme Court Justice in the case of… Read More »

Documents to Keep After You Finalize Your Divorce

When you finalize your divorce, it can be understandable to want to put the entire ordeal behind you and never think about the legal process again. You might even be tempted to toss away all of the paperwork you had to complete, just because it reminds you of what you’ve had to endure over the… Read More »

Preventing Child Abduction During a Divorce

Although it’s rare, in some cases a custodial parent might be worried his or her former partner will attempt to kidnap their children, whether during a visit or at some other time. If you believe there is any chance of this occurring, there are steps you can take to prevent it, while also preparing yourself… Read More »

Frequently Asked Questions About Child Visitation

As a part of your child custody negotiations, you will need to create a child visitation schedule. In most cases, the noncustodial parent will have the right to reasonable visitation with his or her kids. Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions we receive on child visitation: Q: What qualifies as ‘reasonable… Read More »

Which Actions are Considered Violations of Custody Agreements?

After you have come to a child custody agreement with your former partner or spouse, it’s imperative that you closely adhere to it. But what types of actions could possibly be considered violations of your custody agreement? The following are a few violations to avoid: Refusing visitation. This is among the most common types of… Read More »

Steps to Help You Get Back Custody of Your Children

If you’ve lost custody of your children, chances are a court had reason to believe that your children would be better off in someone else’s custody. Therefore, the only way that you can gain back custody of your children is  to demonstrate to the Court that there is a substantial and unanticipated change of circumstances… Read More »

Religion and Your Child Custody Arrangement

It’s somewhat common for one parent to change religions after going through a divorce. However, there are legal implications involving child custody and changing religion that must be considered. Religion is actually one of several considerations that courts will take into account when determining custody arrangements, alongside health care, residence, recreation and education.  First, courts… Read More »