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Woman falsely accused of having gun, fleeing with children

Child custody cases are sometimes contentious, so it's not a surprise that a mother or father might fight with one another. Even if they live together, like the couple in this case, the person who has legal custody still gets to make decisions for the welfare of the children.

Mother to pay over $475 in support with only $50 going to kids

A mother in California was shocked to find out that she'd have to pay close to $500 a month in child support, but even worse, most of that money wouldn't go to her children. Instead, that money would be used to pay back her ex-husband's state aid.

Paternity testing is the only guarantee of parentage

The only way to guarantee a child's father's identity is by performing a DNA test to prove paternity. Paternity tests are highly accurate and take either blood or tissue samples from the father and child before matching them. If the DNA samples line up, then the father and child are related. If not, then the child has another parent who is not yet known. You have a right to seek a paternity test if you question paternity at all.

What should you know as a new father?

When a baby is born, it's important to determine who the legal father is. The legal definition of a father is the man who will be granted parental rights and the right to visitation and custody. When mothers and fathers are married at the time of the baby's birth, the man is typically assumed to be the father and is named on the birth certificate.

How can you prepare your children for a summer at your house?

Summer is nearly here, and that means your kids won't have to head to school. Your goal is to make this summer exciting and engaging for your kids, especially since your recent divorce. You're not the primary custodian, so this time is especially important to you. You want your kids to know you love and care about them.

Some actions can cost you custody of your children

Child custody is something that many parents hold near and dear to their hearts. The thought of losing the right to see their children and build a relationship with them is disheartening. For this reason, anyone who has a child custody order should understand some of the things that might happen that could make them lose custody of their children.

Relief for incarcerated parents paying child support

For many years, low-income parents paying child support have faced a vicious cycle. Failure to meet your obligation usually meant an instant warrant for your arrest. If you were sent to jail, you were likely expected to pay the outstanding balance of support while continuing to make new monthly payments. That resulted in a scenario in which incarcerated parents incurred further debt upon their release.