Parents who are contemplating divorce often have many concerns about who will have custody of the children and how the costs of raising them will be divided. Even when a divorce is friendly, each parent is advised to seek out his or her own lawyer to be sure their rights and those of the children are protected.
Traditionally, individual states have regulated family law matters, such as marriage, divorce, or child custody. Over the past two decades, however, there has been a trend for states to adopt uniform laws governing child custody and support to reduce the amount of variance from state to state. While the following information offers an overview of child custody and support guidelines, a lawyer can explain the specific laws of your state.
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