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How child custody is decided

Many St. Clair Shores, Michigan, children live with both of their biological parents. However, sometimes biological parents separate, and in those cases, they will need to resolve child custody issues. They may be able to do so privately, putting together a parenting plan. If they cannot successfully put together a parenting plan privately, they may need to contest the custody of their children in court.

When that happens, the court decides custody issues based on the best interests of the child standard. That standard is supposed to be an objective way to assess where the children should live, how much time they should spend with each parent, how issues about them should be resolved between the parents and much more.

Parents who owe child support should pay

The ideal for St. Clair Shores, Michigan, families is for their children to be raised by both of their parents in a happy, healthy home. Some children are fortunate enough to have that, but others experience situations in which their parents divorce. In those cases, both child custody and child support need to be addressed. Although many noncustodial parents pay the child support they are ordered to on a regular and timely basis, some do not.

One father reportedly owes almost $300,000 in back child support. The money is intended to go to his children's and ex-wife's living expenses. However, the man says that he does not have the money to pay it.

What constitutes a restraining order violation?

A restraining order or protective order is established by a court in order to prevent violence or other harm occurring against one or both parties. The terms contained within the order will depend on the specifics of the situation and the request of the protected party. If you happen to violate the order, you can expect to face considerable legal trouble and the potential of jail time.

You might wonder what exactly constitutes a restraining order violation. There are a variety of answers, but generally, you should avoid any of the following three actions. Failure to do so could result in a violation of the order and the legal consequences that will follow.

What are common mistakes in the way people approach prenups?

Prenuptial agreements give you and your significant other a chance to protect yourselves if you eventually wind up getting divorced. Both of you can ensure that your assets actually stay in your hands.

However, people often make mistakes in the way that they approach prenups, and these can be costly. Below are a few common examples of mistakes that you should avoid.

Unmarried fathers should fight for their rights

When a man becomes a father, the absence of a government-issued marriage license doesn't mean that he loves his little baby any less. However, it often does mean that securing a legal right to parent will involve more than it would for a married father. Yet, unmarried fathers should fight for their rights because their children need them. Unmarried fathers, including those in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, can get joint or sole child custody if they are both willing to work for it and hire the right attorney.

The first step is legally establishing paternity. That can be done by both the father and the mother signing an acknowledgement of paternity and then filing it with the appropriate court or state agency. It should be done at the time of the baby's birth or as soon thereafter as possible.

Car crash claims life of teen athlete

It is always sad when a vibrant young person perishes. Car accidents are a leading case of death for teenagers, as a recent one in the St. Clair Shores, Michigan, area illustrates.

The accident claimed the life of a 16-year-old student who had been a junior at Clare High School. He had also been the first state wrestling champion in the history of the school. The Clare Public School system communicated about the death in a Facebook post, which expressed sorrow and condolences.

What should parents know about teenage drinking and driving?

Teenage drivers, who often get their license at age 16, are very excited about being able to drive a car for social and work reasons. Many of them are very responsible, driving carefully and obeying all rules. However, as is the case with older drivers, some teenage drivers drink and drive.

Does alcohol affect teenage drivers more?

How a criminal record puts you in a second prison

You are convicted of a crime, you go to jail and you do your time. You get out, excited to get your life back on track. However, you suddenly begin to realize just how many obstacles you may face.

For example, you could find that some of your basic rights have been taken away. You may not be able to own a gun, for example, or vote. You may have to go without your driver's license for a time.

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