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    Child Custody Related Downloads:

    CURRENT DOWNLOAD MANUAL - Interference as Grounds for Modification of Custody
    CURRENT DOWNLOAD MANUAL - The Rights, Duties, and Responsibilities of Stepparents
    CURRENT DOWNLOAD MANUAL - Sibling Visitation Rights
    CURRENT DOWNLOAD MANUAL - The Relevance of Adultery in Custody and Visitation
    CURRENT DOWNLOAD MANUAL - Parent's Ability and Willingness to Cooperate
    CURRENT DOWNLOAD MANUAL - Basic Law for Construing Separation Agreements
    CURRENT DOWNLOAD MANUAL - What Happens to the Marital Home Upon Divorce

    State Specific Separation Agreements & Filing Instructions - 4 great options!
    Some people choose to have a Lawyer draft a separation agreement for them, but we have three great options which will provide you with the instructions and tools to easily draft, execute and file your own separation agreement.

    State Specific Software for Establishing Temporary Orders for Custody/Visitation/Child support - Download Software!
    Temporary orders are easy to establish, recommended by the court, and provide the rights that the parents and the child(ren) both need and deserve. Please keep in mind that temporary orders can cure a current problem as well as prevent one.

    State Specific Custody/Visitation/Support Modification Forms - Download Software!
    Some people choose to have a Lawyer prepare modification forms for them, but this software will provide you with the instructions and tools to easily draft, execute and file them yourself.

    State Specific Parenting Agreements - Downloadable
    The parenting agreements are in downloadable format and address over 30+ issues relating to child custody and parenting situations. A parenting agreement is required in most states and is highly recommended by most Lawyers and Judges.

    Mandatory Parenting Class:

    Mandatory On-line Parenting Class (court approved) - On-line Service
    By partnering with "Positive Parenting Through Divorce", we make completing your state mandatory parenting class fast and easy.
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    Child Custody & Visitation Books:

    The Mother's Child Custody Handbook (2005 Edition) - Ships in 24 hours!
    This book will focus on the rights each mother and child has under certain laws, situations, and circumstances, and how child custody will typically be decided by the court or through out-of-court negotiation and settlement.
    Divorce Source/ Hardcover
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    The Father's Child Custody Handbook (2005 Edition) - Ships in 24 hours!
    This book will focus on the rights each father and child has under certain laws, situations, and circumstances, and how child custody will typically be decided by the court or through out-of-court negotiation and settlement.
    Divorce Source/ Hardcover
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    Year 2005 Child Custody Strategies for Men - Ships in 24 hours
    Two of America's most famous custody specialists have used their 30 years of training and experience to put together a book of custody strategies that a father can easily put into action.
    Barry Bricklin, Ph.D. & Gail Elliot, Ph.D./ Hardcover
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    Year 2005 Child Custody Strategies for Women - Ships in 24 hours
    Two of America's most famous custody specialists have used their 30 years of training and experience to put together a book of custody strategies that a mother can easily put into action.
    Barry Bricklin, Ph.D. & Gail Elliot, Ph.D./ Hardcover
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    Custodial/Non-custodial Parent Record Keeper - Ships in 24 hours
    A valuable tool for documentation purposes. The information that YOU put in the Record Keeper will assist you and your attorney and hopefully the courts in determining "What's in the best interest of the children."
    Divorce Source/ Hardcover
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    The Separation/Property Settlement Agreement Handbook - Ships in 24 hours
    This book will help you create and understand your agreement. The Separation and Property Settlement Agreement defines your legal obligations during separation and potentially divorce, which is why it is of the utmost importance that you have a full understanding of your agreement and the rights you may or may not have.
    Divorce Source/ Hard Cover - 3 Ring Binder
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    How to Hire the Right Divorce Lawyer - Ships in 24 hours!
    Protect yourself from becoming a victim of the courts and your spouse. This book supplies the knowledge you'll need to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of available lawyers and then pick the right one for you.
    Divorce Source/ Hardcover
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    Kidmate - Visitation/Custody Tracking Program for Parents - Ships in 24 hours
    Kidmate is the revolutionary new program for negotiating visitation and custody! Kidmate's Timesharing Organizer module will help you work out a comprehensive timesharing schedule from the basic pattern that repeats itself to holidays, vacations and birthdays.
    Agile Software/ Computer Software
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    The Law of Child Custody - Ships in 24 hours
    This legal almanac explores the law of child custody. The almanac presents the history of child custody decision making in the United States, and the modern-day standards by which the courts make custody awards.
    Margaret C. Jasper/Hardcover
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    Divorce & Child Custody - Ships in 24 hours
    This book provides you with invaluable information relating to domestic relations law. Written in simple, straight-forward language, in unravels the complexities of divorce, child custody, and other family law matters.
    Deanna Peters & Richard L. Strohm/ Paperback
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    Joint Custody With a Jerk - Ships in 24 hours
    Parenting is difficult enough in a family where two parents love and respect each other. In divorce, where the respect has diminished and the love has often turned to intense dislike, co-parenting can drive one or both parents to the brink of insanity.
    Julie A. ross, M.A, & Judy Corcoran/ Paperback
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    Child Custody Made Simple - Ships in 24 hours
    Whether your are separated, divorced, or never married, this indispensable guide will answer all your questions about child custody and child support. Written in clear, simple language, it reveals what really happens when parents separate or divorce.
    Webster Watnik/ Paperback
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    Mom's House, Dad's House: Making Two Homes for Your Child - Ships in 24 hours
    Can children flourish in any custody situation? If their parents read Mom's House, Dad's House, the answer is a resounding "yes" This unique groundbreaking classic, which has become the standard for two generations of parents, is again breaking new ground-revised, updated, and expanded with examples, self-tests, checklists, and guidelines.
    Isolina Ricci, Ph.D./ Paperback
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    What to Tell the Kids About Your Divorce - Ships in 24 hours
    This great resource helps parents move beyond their own anger and hurt to focus on helping their children cope with the divorce. The practical exercises in this book provide parents with the "hands-on" tools they need to help their kids get through all the stages of divorce from the initial separation to later issues of remarriage and step-parenting.
    Darlene Weyburne/ Paperback
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    Dividing the Child: Social & Legal Dilemmas of Custody - Ships in 24 hours
    The first book to examine the social and legal realities of how divorcing parents make arrangements for their children, Dividing the Child is based on a large, representative study of families from a wide range of socioeconomic levels. Maccoby and Mnookin followed a group of more than one thousand families for three years after the parents filed for divorce.
    Eleanore E. Maccoby & Robert H. Mnookin/ Hardcover
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    Your Right to Child Custody, Visitation and Support - Ships in 24 hours
    Are you having trouble receiving support from your ex-spouse? Do you have a child who is being neglected or abused? Do you know what your legal rights are? The answers to your problems may lie in this book.
    Mary L. Boland, Attorney at Law/ Paperback
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    The Custody Solutions Sourcebook - Ships in 24 hours
    Divorce is difficult. It is an emotional, frustrating, and exhausting process, and when children are involved the emotional ante is raised dramatically. A parental battle for custody can be damaging for all parties, especially the children.
    Jann Blackstone-Ford/ Paperback
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    Child Custody: Building Agreements That Work - Ships in 24 hours
    Dealing with custody and visitation issues during separation or divorce can feel completely overwhelming. It doesn't have to. This book presents a clear, easy-to-follow path that will help you overcome the obstacles and put together a comprehensive and lasting agreement that everyone-especially your children-can live with.
    Mimi E. Lyster/ Paperback
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    Custody for Fathers - Ships in 24 hours
    This book is your roadmap through the complex maze of family law courts which tend to be mom-biased. Discover over 100 strategies and tactics that have won custody for other fathers.
    Carleen Brennan & Michael Brennan, Esq./ Paperback
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    What Every Woman Needs to Know About Divorce & Custody - Ships in 24 hours
    The first and only book of its kind-a complete insider's guide filled with crucial advice from judges, lawyers, therapists, and mothers who have gone through this challenging legal process. It is designed for women at every stage of divorce, and covers a wide range of legal strategies, as well as financial and psychological issues.
    Gayle Rosenwald Smith, J.D. & Sally Abrahms/ Paperback
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    The Divorced Dad's Survival Book - Ships in 24 hours
    Shows how to navigate the process of getting a divorce so as to minimize the negative impact on one's children. The goal of the book is to show how fathers can use the divorce to improve their relationship with their kids.
    David Knox/ Hardcover
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    A Family Divided: A Father's Struggle with the Child Custody Industry - Ships in 24 hours
    Dr. Michael Nieland never thought of himself as a hero... But divorce proceedings seem to have a way of thrusting respectful, law-abiding citizens into starring roles in a drama that can be stranger than fiction, especially when young children are involved. Battle lines form. Winners emerge, but at what cost to the children?
    Robert Mendelson/Hardcover
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    Creating a Successful Parenting Plan - Ships in 24 hours
    A Step-by-Step Guide for the Care of Children of Divided Families. This extraordinary book offers separating or divorcing parents a sure-fire way to create a workable, practical plan that is in the best interest of their children.
    Dr. A. Jayne Major/ Paperback
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    Solo Dad Survival Guide - Ships in 24 hours
    There's no pop psychology here, no ivory tower analysis, and no sugar coating; just real-world Solo dads talking openly and honestly about what works for them in their ongoing mission to be the best dads they can be.
    Reginald F. davis - Nicholas F. Borns/ Paperback
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    Putting Children First : A Guide for Parents Breaking Up - Ships in 24 hours
    This book describes a child-centered approach for separated and divorcing parents who want to minimize the damage done to children during and after the break-up. It offers essential information and advice on renegotiating the practical and emotional aspects of the parent-child relationship.
    Hanna McDonough & Christina Bartha/ Paperback
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    The Complete Single Mother - Ships in 24 hours
    Reassuring Answers to Your Most Challenging Concerns: Time and Money Management, How to Talk About Dad, Collecting Child Support, The Uninvolved Father, Raising Boys, Discipline etc.
    Andrea Engber - Leah Klungness, Ph.D./ Paperback
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    The Child Custody Book: How to Protect Your Children and Win Your Case - Ships in 24 hours
    If you're involved in a chid custody case, you need this book. Judge Stewart will help you avoid heartbreaking and costly mistakes by teaching you the do's and don't's so you do not have to learn the hard way!
    Valerie King, M.D./ Paperback
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    Helping Children Cope With Divorce - Ships in 24 hours
    Will be extremely helpful to any parent going through the process of divorce. It is conceptually sound, easy to read, and has important information for parents, professionals, and anyone who is working with children whose parents are going through divorce.
    Edward Teyber/ Paperback
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    Child Custody Links:

  • Fast Facts about Child Custody When parents separate or divorce, the term "custody" often serves as shorthand for "who gets the children" under the divorce decree or judgment. In 20 states,custody is split into two types: physical custody and legal custody.

  • At What Age can a Child Choose This varies in all states. Let's get this one out of the way early, and quickly. There are two parts to the answer to this question, and that would be the legal answer, and the real-world answer.

  • How is Custody different from Divorce Let me say this first, and don't you ever, ever, forget it: child custody is VERY VERY different from divorce. Yes, you're in a courtroom (probably the same one you got divorced in, definitely the same one if you're divorcing and arguing child custody at the same time), yes, you need a lawyer, and yes, the rules of evidence and all of the court rules apply, but it's different

  • Children's Rights Council (The Best Parent is Both Parents) Phone: 1-800-787-KIDS. CRC works to assure a child the frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with two parents and extended family the child would normally have during a marriage. We work to strengthen families through education, favoring family formation and family preservation.

  • What About the Kids? "The best interest's of the child" determine most issues of custody and visitation. Although the standard is simply defined, proving "best interest" is most difficult and expensive. Opinions from varying sources guide the Court to determine custody and visitation.

  • The Rights of Children of Divorce The rights must be understood and not forgotten! 1. Continue to love both parents without guilt or disapproval (subtle or overt) by either parent orother relatives. 2. Be repeatedly reassured that the divorce is not their fault.

  • Innocent Victims of a Litigious Divorce: The Children The first thing on your mind should be your children. Ask yourself what is best for them! "The war of the Roses" depicted every couple's worst nightmare. Two people who were once in love are engaged in a major battle where both sides lose. Divorce is second only to death as the most stressful of life's experiences.

  • U.S. Custody Laws Generally, statutes authorize the court having jurisdiction of divorce proceedings to determine who shall have custody of the children from the marriage. (The authority to do so is considered part of the original jurisdiction of the court, and not as a new authority being conferred upon them.) Under the common statutory provision, the parents of a legitimate child are joint guardians of that child, and the rights of both parents are equal--each parent has an equal right to the custody of the child when they separate.

  • Decisions to be Made in Divorce overveiw of the types of custody. Advantages and Disadvantages of each. Sole custody and decisions making by one parent Joint decision making but reside mostly with one parent Split residency and joint decision making Activities needing mutual consent or discussion.

  • Best Interest of the Child Let me say this first, and don't you ever, ever, forget it: child custody is VERY VERY different from divorce. Yes, you're in a courtroom (probably the same one you got divorced in, definitely the same one if you're divorcing and arguing child custody at the same time), yes, you need a lawyer, and yes, the rules of evidence and all of the court rules apply, but it's different .

  • The Appointment of Psychological Experts Court rules allow a qualified expert to render an opinion addressing the ultimate issue to be decided by the Court. Thus, psychologists routinely recommend custody of minor children to one, the other or jointly.

  • A Detailed Glance at Child Custody Legal Custody of the children is commonly viewed as the parent or parents, in the case of joint custody, with whom the decision making authority rests. Authorities generally agree that when both parents are able to communicate with one another it is in the children's best interest that both parents remain equally active in major decisions concerning the children's health, education and welfare. Joint legal custody is a stated public policy in New Jersey.

  • Custody & The Homosexual Lifestyle The issue of when homosexual parents should have custody, or visitation with their children, is of the most intense concern, and has the most wide-ranging implications for society itself. In what fashion have the Virginia courts dealt with this explosive issue, and are there any clear guidelines to be followed by the lawyer representing a homosexual parent?

  • FAQs about Parental Rights & Shared Parenting Ohio no longer uses the term "custody." Instead, Ohio courts "allocate the parental rights and responsibilities for the care of the minor children of the marriage." When making the allocation of the parental rights and responsibilities for the care of the children, the court must take into account that which would be in the best interest of the children.

  • United Fathers of America Are you a father going through a divorce or custody action? Do you know such a father? Are you looking for assistance? Luckily, you have found us, the United Fathers of America. We are here to help you.

  • Staying Close to Your Non Custodial Child Ways to make it work even from a far!

  • Child Custody & Divorce There will be about 100 titles, as I write them: a simple explanation, in plain [non-lawyer] English as to how it all works. I've been writing one every few days, as time permits. Any suggestions as to titles will be appreciated.

  • Single Dads Index Not just for Dad's. Child Support - Issues Commentary, Brief notes, Cases, Statistics, Legislation Child Support - Economics and Statistics Paternity Involuntary paternity, High tech, Cases, Termination of paternity rights Visitation and Access Custody Essays, Legislation, Cases, Personal Testimony, Studies Missing Kids.

  • Single Parenting Through the Holidays Holidays after a divorce can be very difficult. Holidays with children after a divorce can be worse, even terrifying. Whether this is "your year" with the children or not, facing the holidays and knowing that they will be different from previous years can be challenging.

  • Single Parenting in the Summer During the school year it can be difficult enough for single parents to keep kids cared for and out of trouble, but when summer arrives and school activities are no longer available, the challenge becomes even more complicated.

  • Non Custodial Parents Resource Center The goals are to provide a complete source of books, tapes, videos, and other tools to help the non-custodial parent. Are you a father going through a divorce or custody action? Do you know such a father? Are you looking for assistance? Luckily, you have found us, the United Fathers of America. We are here to help you.

  • Shared Parenting Information Group Shared parenting is the concept that, following divorce or separation, mothers and fathers should retain a strong positive parenting role in their children's lives, with the children actually spending substantial amounts of time living with each parent.

  • The Determination of Child Custody in the USA The determination of which parent should have custody of the children in a divorce proceeding has become increasingly problematic in the past several decades.

  • Dealing With Child Custody A place for parents undergoing a child custody case to write their stories and get advice from others regarding what has happened. Also a place to compare notes.

  • The Trauma of Divorce: Reducing the Impact of Separation on Children This is an in depth look at this issue by Dean McKay, Ph.D. and editor of Trauma Response

  • The Other Parent Dedicated to protecting the rights on non custodial parents rights.

  • Custody 911 A great site that links to the top 100 child custody resources on the internet.

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