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Trying the Child Custody Case

"There aint no justice in this here land.
Judge gave a divorce to my old man.
I just laughed at his decision.
He gave him the kids,
and they aint hissen."

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INDIANA CHILD SUPPORT RULES AND GUIDELINES
Adopted Effective October 1, 1989 Including Amendments Received Through December 2001
Divored with Children?

  • Basic Facts Re: Child Support
  • Child Support Compliance correlated to Visitation
  • Listing of all US Offices of Child Support Enforcement
  • Collecting Child Support
  • Texas Child Support Pro Se Manual
  • Child Support Enforcement Forms
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    Families and Parenting: ForpParentsOnly.com ParentsPlace.com Reading Room -- Large variety of parenting resources, including several magazines and newsletters.

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  • The Center for Reproductive Law & Policy,Inc
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  • Family World -- 40 monthly parenting publications.
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  • Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families
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    Divorce Checklist:

    1. Custody/support/visitation: Who will have custody of the children? What visitation schedule can you agree on? How much child support will the custodial spouse receive from the other spouse? How much maintenance (alimony) will be paid? For how long?
    2. Separate vs Marital property: Property bought or earned during a marriage is usually considered jointly owned for purposes of a divorce. This covers retirement funds, too. Property willed to you, or left to you, or owned by you before a marriage, and kept separate separate during the marriage, remains yours.
    3. Separate vs joint debts: Each party is responsible for their own debts, but who will have to pay the joint debts? Back taxes? Make a list of separate and marital debts, and see if you can agree who will pay.
    4. House: Who will live in the house? For how long? Who will pay the mortgage? How is the money divided when the house is finally sold? How long can a sale be delayed?
    5. Who files first? The party with physical custody of the house and children at the time of filing keeps custody and possession until a judge rules differently. This can be a critical factor in deciding whether to file first, and when to file.

    If you and your spouse can agree on these issues, then use this "Uncontested Divorce Packet" that is inexpensive, fast, and relatively painless. Otherwise, the cost depends on time required.

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  • PRESENTING AND DEFENDING THE MAINTENANCE CASE
  • Divorce articles of interest written for legal publications and continuing legal education programs
  • Kiersey Temperament Sorter: Understanding your (and your spouse's) temperament may help you decide the best way to negotiate.
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    Marriage, Women, and the Law

    Family law is an evolving discipline, responding directly to profound societal changes which demand powerful legal support.

    Since most the state Legislatures amended their Family Law Codes, over a quarter of a century ago, to permit "no-fault" divorce, the number of divorces has soared. Gender roles have multiplied and merged, and children's needs are given top priority. Mediation has emerged as an indispensable tool in settling cases. Joint custody has become the norm rather than the exception. Prenuptial and asset partition agreements are more common. And Texas has become the last state to allow court-ordered alimony.

    Some say family law cases will be taken out of the courts and made administrative in nature. Others call for the abolition of no-fault, making divorce more difficult to obtain. Whatever the direction, the constantly changing culture will define family law's responsibility to spouses, parents and children.

    "Criminal lawyers see the worst people at their best. Divorce lawyers see the best people at their worst." -- Thomas B. Concannon, Jr. Mayor, City of Newton, and former divorce lawyer

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