What is the Difference Between Guardianship and Custody?

Custody is the exclusive purview of a parent.  A parent is the natural guardian of a child. When a child is born there is a presumption of legal and physical custody of the child to the biological parent(s).  However, for every rule of law there are exceptions. If a child is born to a married … Continue reading What is the Difference Between Guardianship and Custody?

What affect, if any, to giving birth in another state for custodial purposes?

Where a child is born is very significant, in terms of what state has jurisdiction over the child, esp if an interstate custody dispute should arise. Pursuant to the Uniform Child Custody Enforcement laws, where the child is born and lives for the first six months of it's life is the state that has jurisdiction … Continue reading What affect, if any, to giving birth in another state for custodial purposes?

I’m 16 yrs old. How can I become “emancipated”?

In some rare instances the courts have allowed a minor to become "Emancipated"--to assume their own responsibility for their own care and to severe the obligation for such care with the parent(s). In order for a court to allow such a legal severance of the parental duties, a petition must be file before a court … Continue reading I’m 16 yrs old. How can I become “emancipated”?