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Your right to child custody, visitation, and support
Boland, Mary L.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Naperville, IL : Sphinx Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
vii, 324 pages : forms ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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KF547.Z9 B65 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
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With the divorce rate above 50 percent and climbing, more and more parents are faced with difficult situations involving their children. This book is designed to let parents know their legal rights and to help them understand the court system. Most parents think that once a decree for support has been ordered, that all is over. However, often that is just the beginning. Getting the support that was mandated, in the amount that was stated, in the manner that was determined necessary and in the time indicated are often major issues that must be continually confronted for the good of the children. In addition to covering all of the basics, Your Right to Child Custody, Visitation and Support also examines current hot topics such as parental kidnapping, child support enforcement and when one of the parents is in the armed forces. Easy-to-use, blank tear-out forms makes this new edition a must for every person who has children and has gone through or is contemplating a divorce.

Author Notes

Mary L. Boland received her B.A. from Lewis University and her J.D. from John Marshall Law School. She is an attorney who currently practices law in Illinois; serves as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime; and is a member of the Victims' Rights Committee of the American Bar Association. Boland has also testified before the Illinois legislature on victims' rights bills. She has taught courses on Domestic Relations at Roosevelt University as well as participated at the Believe the Children Annual Conference.

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Library Journal Review

Self-help books like attorney Boland's are a mainstay of many libraries because of the unique information they offer. Boland addresses parents frustrated in their efforts to secure child custody and visitation rights. In a well-organized text, she describes all the legal issues affecting the balance between the rights of parents and those of the child. Problems such as child kidnapping, financial support, and determining custody are discussed, and the author describes how child custody and visitation cases should be prepared and provides examples of various legal forms to help parents with their cases. An appendix offers a state-by-state summary of laws applicable to custody and child support. Though not an easy read for a self-help book, this work does contain important information to help prepare parents facing their own unique custody and visitation issues. Recommended for all public libraries.--Patrick Mahoney, Kansas City P.L., KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law Books
Chapter 1 Preliminary Considerations
The Role of Law
Legal Research
The Role of Lawyers
Firing Your Lawyer
Chapter 2 Understanding Custody and Visitation
Custody and Visitation - Generally
Getting Custody
Taxes and Custody
Chapter 3 The Laws of Custody and Visitation: Best Interests of the Child
Best Interests Between Parents
Factors Considered
Factors in Deciding Visitation
Nonparents and Custody
Nonparents and Visitation
Chapter 4 Developing Your Parenting Plan
Formulating an Agreement
Joint Custody
Joint Parenting Agreements
Custody and Visitation Checklist of Factors to Consider
Chapter 5 Filing Your Case
Preparation for Your Case
Parental Information
Information About Your Child
Gathering and Saving Documents
Who Can File
What You Must Prove
Where to File
What to File
Filing Fees and Other Costs
The Petition for Custody and Visitation
The Summons and Service
Responding to a Petition for Custody or Visitation
Temporary Custody or Visitation
The Next Step
Chapter 6 Resolving Your Case Without a Trial: Mediation
Working on an Agreement
Finding a Mediation Program
Preparing for Mediation
The Mediator
Settling the Case
When Mediation May Not Be Appropriate
When the Parties Do Not Agree
Chapter 7 The Contested Custody Case
Court Proceedings
Final Judgment
Chapter 8 Kidnapping, Abuse, Visitation Problems, and Other Emergencies
Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
Visitation Problems
Chapter 9 Child Support
History of Child Support
The Basics
How Support is Determined
Factors in Settling Child Support
Chapter 10 Child Support Agreements
Factors to Consider
The Appropriate Guideline
Your Basic Guideline Amount
Your Child Support Amount
Writing Your Agreement
Duration of the Order
Health Care
Life Insurance
Tax Exemption
Chapter 11 The Child Support Case
Gathering Financial Information
Filing for Child Support
Finding and Notifying a Parent
Establishing Parentage (If Necessary)
Following Court Procedures
Responding to a Petition for Child Support
Chapter 1 Modification, Termination, and Appeal
The Future
Appendix A Sample, Filled-in Forms
Appendix B Blank Forms