Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody and Support

Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody and Support

by Emily Doskow Attorney

Paperback(Fourth Edition)

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Custody and Support: Get the Answers You Need

When you’re getting divorced, you can make a tough time easier for your children (and yourself) if you work with the other parent to agree on a custody plan and child support. If you can’t resolve these issues, you’ll have to head to court, and ask a judge to step in.

Either way, Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support can help. You’ll learn:

  • how negotiation and mediation can keep costs down and improve future dealings with your ex
  • where to find your state’s child support guidelines
  • how judges make custody decisions
  • how to enforce and change custody and support orders
  • how court trials work
  • what military families need to know, and
  • when you need a lawyer and how to work with one.

You’ll also find specifics about each state’s laws, including what factors courts consider when they rule on custody arrangements and what happens when one parent wants to move away with the children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413324341
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 10/30/2017
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 282,117
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area for more than 22 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.

Table of Contents


1. Basics of Divorce

2. Basics of Child Custody

3. Basics of Child Support

4. When You Decide to Divorce: The First Month

5. Avoiding Custody or Support Trial: Alternatives to Court

6. Dealing With the Court: Paperwork and Court Hearings

7. Going to Trial

8. Custody Orders: Living With, Enforcing, and Changing Them

9. Child Support Orders: Living With, Enforcing, and Changing Them

10. Worst Case Scenarios: Kidnapping, Abuse, and Interferences With Custody

11. Custody and Support in Military Families

12. The Law: How to Work With a Lawyer and Do Your Own Legal Research

Appendix: 50-State Charts


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