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President aims to reduce child support burden on inmates

For parents who are incarcerated, a new plan to reform child support payment rules could be beneficial. According to the news from Oct.16, the president has been looking at child support payments and how they become a crippling debt for those who are incarcerated.

He plans to overhaul the rules that govern how much prisoners have to pay, so they don't end up with such high debts. The new rules would allow incarcerated parents to lower the amount of child support they pay while they're in prison, which would have a large impact on the amounts of debt accrued during prison sentences and help make prisoners more stable once they're released.

Kidnapped boy still in Guatemala despite custody violation

If you're worried about child custody arrangements and are concerned your child may be taken, you're not alone. Many parents have this fear, and with the right support and evidence, your attorney can make a case to the court to restrict visitation or custody rights.

When parents don't act with enough evidence or before an incident occurs, parental kidnapping could be a possibility. A Sept. 27 news release out of Wilmington, North Carolina, reported that a father has been searching for his child following his disappearance. In 2012, he arrived at his ex-wife's home and expected to have visitation time with his 3-year-old son. When he arrived, his ex-wife and his son were gone. It was then that he suspected that his ex-wife had taken his son to Guatemala.

How child custody works during separation

During a separation, child custody rights are every bit as important as after a divorce. Typically, child custody rights and issues are resolved as part of divorce proceedings, but if you're only separated, that can be a challenge. If you and your spouse separate, you can make child custody decisions on your own, work through mediation, or get the help of your attorneys to determine a good parenting plan until the case goes to court; if you have a plan you agree on, you may get the court to put it into place permanently.

The first thing that you should be considering is what's in your child's best interest. If your child is old enough to decide for him or herself, you could consider asking what he or she would like to do. Your child may have a preference of where he or she'd like to live, which parent he or she wants to live with and even where he or she wants to attend school.

Providing for Your Disabled Loved Ones

David Silver teaches The Legal Environment of Business in ECU's Department of Finance. Dave is also a Partner with The Graham.Nuckolls.Conner Law Firm in Greenville, NC, concentrating in Elder Law

An estate plan for most people is relatively uncomplicated: everything goes to my spouse if living, otherwise to my kids. However, if you have a loved one who relies on a public benefit as a result of a disability, an inheritance from you could make that person ineligible for their needed public benefits. Don't make things worse, make a plan.

What are the factors involved in a custody case?

In North Carolina, child custody decisions are taken very seriously. There are a number of factors that play into the custody arrangements for a child. All decisions are made in the best interest of the child, although the courts do take into consideration the parents' opinions as well as the child's preferences.

What factors are considered in determining child custody arrangements?

You can fight for your child after a parental abduction

If you're losing sleep over the fear that your child could be taken away by his or her other parent, then you need to look into your legal options. If you have evidence that the other parent isn't returning your child on time or is violating court orders, there may be options for you to prevent that parent from having visitations without you or others present. If the worst does come to pass, there are still some things you can do to bring your child home and prevent a recurrence in the future.

What can you do if a parent abducts a child?

Do children choose which parent to live with?

As someone going through a divorce with children involved, you know what you think is best for their futures. Maybe you know that 50/50 custody will work, or you believe it's in your children's best interest to live with you or your spouse due to the school district or other benefits. One important question that many people ask is if a child actually has the right to choose who to live with, and if so, can they override that right?

Surprisingly, minors do not have the right to choose. Minors are not given the legal right to decide on their own which parent they want to live with. Of course, the older they become, the more likely it is that their opinions will be weighed more heavily in court.

You can get help with divorce through mediation sessions

Divorce mediation might be right for you if you and your spouse are having a disagreement but can work together to get past it. Mediation can help you work through struggles with communication, so you can negotiate without standstills. Mediation helps with child custody, child support, alimony, property division and other factors of your divorce.

What does the mediator do during a session?

Commonly asked questions about divorce

Divorces come with many questions. Who will get the home you live in? What happens to your children or pets? How can you move forward with your divorce as quickly as possible? Here are a few questions and answers that may help.

How long do you have to separate before a divorce?

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