If you know the whereabouts of the absent parent but are not located close enough to serve the custody papers in person or by process server, you may send them by certified mail if your jurisdiction permits it. If you do not know the parent's whereabouts, you will need to attempt to locate him. If y
Divorce and separation are difficult life changes for children. Increasingly, courts and parents are moving away from the concept of sole or primary custody in favor of shared custody, in an attempt to minimize disruption, and help children cope and adjust.
Allegations of child neglect are taken seriously by both family and criminal courts. Mothers who are accused of child neglect in the state of Illinois are afforded certain rights under the law. These rights allow an accused mother the opportunity to defend heself against false accusations and prove
Child custody laws in Illinois spell out what courts are required to consider when acting in the best interest of the child. State law provides a method for parents to devise and submit their own parenting plans to the court: however, when parents cannot agree on custody, the court will step in and
Child support is generally provided by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent in Texas. Child support helps the custodial parent provide the child or children with necessities for growing up to be healthy and successful. In Texas, child support orders are issued by the court in the jurisdi
The Constitution protects all citizens from unreasonable detention. This applies to adults and minors alike. However, shopkeepers, private citizens and law enforcement may detain a juvenile under certain circumstances. No one may be detained for no reason, but Nebraska law allows detainment of a juv
Emergency protection orders, or EPOs, are court orders designed to protect parties from domestic violence. Generally, they include provisions barring you from contacting, approaching or harassing the person who obtained the order. EPOs may include provisions granting temporary sole custody of a chil
After a divorce, legal separation or paternity case is initiated in the state of Texas, the parties to the proceedings possess the right to pursue temporary custody of a child. Texas law establishes specific procedures utilized in court to prepare, file and pursue a motion for temporary custody of a
Alabama courts promote amicable child custody agreements between spouses, where possible, and avoid decisions based upon the sex of the parents. When agreement is impossible, an Alabama court will conduct a contested hearing on the merits of a child custody petition.
Filing for child support and custody is generally done in the petition for dissolution of marriage, but in some cases, a separate filing is needed. If a couple with children is not married, but are separating, the significant other that is requesting custody must file for child support and custody i
Kansas wage garnishment laws are very broad and far-reaching.Child image by Serenitie from Fotolia.comGarnishment is the ability of one party to take a percentage of another person's salary before that person receives a paycheck. Many times garnishment is a tool for credit card companies...
New York courts decide custody based on the child's best interests.ULTRA.F/Photodisc/Getty ImagesThere are two aspects to custody. Physical custody is the right to determine where the child lives. Legal custody is the right to make decisions regarding the child's day-to-day care. When...
An emancipation is when a minor receives the legal rights and responsibilities of adulthood before he is 18 years old. Either parents or minors may file for emancipation. Specific emancipation laws vary from state to state.
In the U.S. child welfare services place children in foster care or out-of-home care. Children may be removed, with the permission of the court, from their homes for various reasons, including child safety concerns, parent-child conflict of a serious nature and behavioral health conditions. Parent-c
Child custody and visitation can be difficult to work out. Having a child custody agreement is a great way to make a separation or divorce situation work.
Creating a "custody agreement" may seem daunting as you probably haven't been able to agree on much for a while. You may want different things when it comes to the custody of your child. In order to reach an agreement, you are going to have to find common ground.
Cyberbullying is a form of harassment that occurs online, including threatening emails or instant messaging conversations, setting up websites to mock someone and borrowing someone's identity to post comments or messages online. One study shows over 50% of students in grades four through eight have
Having custody of a child means that the child will live with you, and you will make important decisions on his behalf. Usually, parents share joint custody, which means that the child lives with both parents and any parental decisions are taken by both parents united. Sometimes, one parent has cust
Joint custody laws in Ohio define shared parenting responsibilities.child image by Byron Moore from Fotolia.comOhio state laws use different nomenclature for some of the common custody terms. Joint custody, joint legal custody and joint physical custody are all referred to as "shared...
Canada regulates the employment of minors at the provincial level more so than at the national level. In Ontario, the general policy is that kids may seek gainful employment at age 14 (see Reference 1). Beyond that measure, the province has passed several laws that restrict minors of...