Whether you and your spouse agree on custody questions or you're fighting it out in court, you need solid information to help you deal with the child focused parts of your divorce.
Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody & Divorce offers guidance and resources at every step, from choosing a custody plan to enforcing its support. Learn everything you need to know about:
. types of custody and factors used in custody decisions
. how child support is determined and the role that state agencies play
. steps to take in the first month of divorce, including figuring out who stays and who goes
. steps to take during the second month, including negotiating custody and support with the spouse
. hiring and working with a lawyer or gathering resources for self representation
. custody trial court procedures and how to talk to the kids about the trial
. enforcing a custody order if a parent moves
. how to change custody
The book covers special situations such as military parents and custody, and also addresses high tension issues, such as parental kidnapping and when it might be appropriate for you to have your kids testify or talk to the judge.
Charts provide state custody criteria and help you calculate child support yourself, and sample documents illustrate how to deal with document preparation for a "show cause" hearing on custody and support.
Practicing family law attorney Doskow (Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce) has written a thorough overview of the issues surrounding the support and parenting of children when a divorce is contemplated. She covers types of divorces, court processes, physical and legal custody of children, support agreements, avoiding court battles, living with and changing court orders, what to do when one of the parties interferes with custody, and special concerns for military families and same-sex or unmarried couples. A section on legal resources including state statutes and court decisions applicable to family law is useful for preliminary research and for those who plan to proceed without an attorney. Appendixes set out resources such as state child support calculators and full legal citations to state custody, support, and relocation laws. In-text graphics feature insights like the advantages of mediation and how to modify a visitation order. VERDICT 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.—Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY
Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area for more than 15 years. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce and coauthor of A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples.