If you're a parent in the Midwest, then you know that raising a child can be an expensive endeavor. Merely feeding children can be enough to send shockwaves across one's financial foundation, let alone clothing, schooling and extracurricular expenses. Fortunately, all parents should share in the financial responsibility of raising their children. This is why the law allows for custodial parents to seek child support from their noncustodial counterparts.
Many people hope that their child custody issues will be resolved once and for all upon separation or divorce. The truth of the matter, though, is that child custody and visitation disputes can arise long after a couple splits. While Midwest parents need competent legal advocacy when negotiating or litigating child custody matters the first time around, they may also need that assistance when they deal with child custody and visitation modifications.
Divorce can be a costly endeavor. After all, as we discussed previously on this blog, marital property is subject to the property division process. While disputes can arise as to what, exactly, qualifies as marital property, there is another aspect to property division that shouldn't be overlooked: debt.
Legal separation is an important tool spouses considering divorce can use to their benefit. Because preparing for a divorce can be a stressful and emotional time, it is helpful for divorcing spouses to ensure all their questions related to the separation and divorce process are answered.
The Midwest, and America as a whole, is still in the throes of a drug epidemic. While positions on marijuana use have relaxed, the use of harder drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin are becoming more common. Sadly, many of those who struggle with drug addiction act as custodial parents. In these situations, children can be put in harm's way, and the state may intervene to ensure that they're well-being is protected. Before it gets to that point, though, noncustodial parents may want to seek custody through a court order establishing custody or a court order that modifies an existing order.