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Legal Issues for the Single Parent

Assistance for single parents navigating the legal system.
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  2. Child Support Resources for Single Parents (250)
  3. Family Law Professionals (9)
  4. Frequently Asked Questions (10)
  5. Glossary (34)
  6. Legal Guardianship (3)
  7. Legal Separation (3)
  8. Military Single Parents (4)
  9. Parental Rights (11)
  10. Paternity (8)
  11. Preparing for Court (16)

Parenting Plan Checklist: 30 Things to Include
A good parenting plan should include all of the miscellaneous details that come in to play when you're raising kids together. Find out what essentials should be included, as well as some often-neglected items you won't want to leave out.

5 Reasons to Change Your Child's Last Name
Do you wish you could change your child's last name? You're not alone. Here are five legitimate reasons for legally changing your child's last name.

How to Collect Interstate Child Support
Child support orders can be difficult to enforce across state lines. That's why the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) exists. Learn how the UIFSA can help you collect child support from a parent who resides in another state.

Can the Government Force Me to File for Child Support?
Filing for child support does impact your eligibility for government assistance programs, such as food stamps. Find out why and what you can do about it.

Do I Have to Pay Child Support if My Kids Don't Want to See Me?
Many non-custodial parent who pay child support struggle with this question. Find out whether you're obligated to continue paying, as well as when your child will be considered "emancipated."

Allegations of Domestic Violence and Child Custody
Children should never be exposed to domestic violence. Find out how the courts handle allegations of domestic violence in child custody cases.

Protect Your Kids From Parental Abduction
The fear of parental abduction keeps many custodial parents on guard. Find out how the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act is designed to prevent parental abduction in child custody cases and learn what you can do to protect your kids.

How to Obtain a Passport for a Child
Obtaining a passport for a child can be difficult for parents who share legal custody, or for solo parents who can not reach the other parent. These guidelines will help you understand the law and obtain a passport for your child, even when it is difficult or impossible to obtain two parental signatures.

Single Parent Statistics
Many people assume that the "average" single parent is an uneducated, young single mom. The truth may surprise you. Find out what the U.S. Census Bureau has to say about the average single parent raising kids in the U.S. today.

Kids’ Bill of Rights
Your kids have rights, too. Learn how to create your own "Kids' Bill of Rights" and what guidelines you should include.

Benefits of Mediation in Child Custody Cases
Does your ex want to attend mediation together? Don't panic! Learn what mediation is, what it can do for you, what to expect, and more.

Benefits of Mediation in Child Custody Cases
Start by making a list of what you want to discuss. But take it a step further with these tips, including how to manage your own expectations and even what to do if you feel the mediator is biased against you.

Benefits of Mediation in Child Custody Cases
Thinking about child custody mediation as an option for your family? Learn the benefits of mediation and how to initiate it, along with what to expect from this alternative to family court.

Benefits of Mediation in Child Custody Cases
Thinking about child custody mediation as an option for your family? Learn the benefits of mediation and how to initiate it, along with what to expect from this alternative to family court.

Benefits of Mediation in Child Custody Cases
Thinking about child custody mediation as an option for your family? Learn the benefits of mediation and how to initiate it, along with what to expect from this alternative to family court.

Benefits of Mediation in Child Custody Cases
Mediation works for a lot of families, but not for everyone. Find out when to end mediation and allow the court to decide custody for your children.

What to Do When Your Ex Files for Custody
Has your ex filed for custody -- or are you worried that you'll receive papers soon? Find out what to do, whether you have a lawyer or not. (And even if you can't afford one!)

What to Do If You've Been Wrongly Accused of Child Abuse
False allegations of child abuse wreak havoc on a child support cases. Find out what to do if you've been accused of abusing your children, how to clear your name, and when to get a lawyer to protect your parental rights.

Single Parents and Alimony
Do you have questions about alimony? Find out what to expect, including whether single parents should anticipate receiving alimony and child support.

Single Parents' Tips for Creating a Will
If you've never set up a will, find out why you need one and what to do about it.

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