About the Book
Millions of parents separate or divorce each year--and their single biggest concern is their children. Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support
is thorough and compassionate, taking readers step-by-step through the unfamiliar landscape of child custody and support laws. It provides essential state-specific information and answers common questions about child support guidelines, enforcing custody and support orders, and working with a mediator and/or lawyer.
Book Synopsis Custody and Support: Get the Answers You Need
When you're getting divorced, you can make a tough time easier for yourself and your children if you work with the other parent to agree on a custody plan and child support. If you can't resolve these issues, you'll have to head to court and ask a judge to decide for you.
Either way, Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support
can help. You'll learn:
- how negotiation and mediation can keep costs down and improve future dealings with your ex
- where to find your state's child support guidelines
- how judges make custody decisions
- how to enforce and change custody and support orders
- how court trials work
- how Covid-19 is affecting custody arrangements and family court hearings, and
- when you need a lawyer and how to work with one.
You'll also find updated specifics about each state's laws, including what factors courts consider when they rule on custody arrangements and what happens when one parent wants to move away with the children.
"This book arms readers with the tools they need, whether they are working to craft a reasonable custody and support agreement or facing a contentious court battle. An essential title." Library Journal
"Nolo is a pioneer in both consumer and business self-help books and software." Los Angeles Times
"Doskow walks parents considering divorce through the legal aspects of child custody, shared parenting, and the rules about supporting their children. She also explains what it is like to take a divorce to court, and how to deal with custody and support orders if your circumstances change once the orders are in place, or if the other parent is not complying with the orders. Her topics include the basics of child custody, the first month after deciding on divorce, avoiding a custody or support trial: alternatives to court, dealing with the court: paperwork and court hearings, custody and support in military families, and how to work with a lawyer and do your own legal research. She appends 50-state charts on such matters as residency requirements, court and court-related websites, and custody modification statures." Eithne O'Leyne Editor, ProtoView
Author Comments: Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody and Support is designed to demystify and clarify the sometimes confusing world of co-parenting during and after a divorce. It will provide you with guidance on how to create a parenting plan that puts your kids first, and guide you through deciding on appropriate support amounts as well.