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A durable power of attorney watches out for your best interests

If you were to fall ill and be unable to speak for yourself, who would you have make decisions for you? If you don't have an answer to that question or are wary of who might make decisions on your behalf, it's time to look into a durable power of attorney.

A durable power of attorney gives a person a right to make end-of-life and health care decisions on your behalf if you can't do so due to incapacity. For example, if you are severely injured in a car crash and decisions have to be made about surgeries or your further medical treatment, the person you appoint will take over and make those decisions for you.

Here's what you should know about missing child support

Child support is an important part of your child's life, because it's there to guarantee that he or she has the support of two parents' incomes. During the holidays, this support is particularly important. Your child might have special events at school or need clothing for cooler weather. He or she may want to go on a school trip or need an outfit for an extracurricular activity.

Child support is there for a variety of purposes, and for single-parent families, that support helps guarantee a child a home, food and medical care. If you haven't received child support in the last several months, there are a few things to know.

3 tips for appointing a trustee or executor

Choosing the right executor or trustee makes a difference in your estate plan. Picking the wrong person could mean that the trustee or executor makes decisions that affect your estate poorly.

What should you know to help you make the best decision when appointing a trustee or executor? Here are a few tips.

Involving children in conflicts leads to lying, manipulation

A high-conflict divorce isn't in anyone's best interests. It's hard on you, your soon-to-be-ex spouse and your children. Children who go through a high-conflict divorce are harmed by the process, but there are things parents can do to help.

Children often become pawns when it's a case of a high-conflict divorce. Each parent may want to use the children as a way to hurt the other person. This can't happen. If you're in this situation, remember that the more your children are used against you or the other parent, the worse off they will be later on.

Texas attorney general claims Indian Child Welfare Act is illegal

When it comes to the adoption of a child, his or her best interests need to come first. Is a child's best interest living with his or her own culture, community or with families of the same background? It could be the case, but in the event that those people aren't available, isn't it better to get the child out of the state's care and into a loving home?

This is a debate at the center of a lawsuit filed against the federal government. The Texas Attorney General has decided to sue the government claiming that the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional. According to the news report, the ICWA was passed in 1978 and is standing in the way of many families adopting Native American Children. The law currently limits the people who can adopt Native Americans to those within their heritage.

Do you have to stay in contact after a divorce?

After a divorce, you may wish to cut all ties with your former husband or wife, but you might have to wait a little while longer. Although the strain of a divorce is hard on you and your ex-spouse, it's still a good idea to have a way to reach him or her for tax-related or child-related purposes.

Although a divorce signifies the end of your marriage, it doesn't necessarily mean you're done having to deal with your ex-spouse. There are many things that will, at least initially, still tie the two of you together. For instance, if you have a child, your custody arrangements and child support bind you to one another until your child is grown. If there are tax consequences to your divorce, you and your ex may need to speak with one another about those issues.

Non-custodial fathers: know the factors that affect child support

Child support laws have been changing and reforming over recent years to look more and more at the rights of the non-custodial parent, which is often the father. In the past, fathers were assumed to make more money and thus be the ones to pay more child support to the mother. Now, these laws often look at the income of both parents and many other aspects of the non-custodial parent involved.

If you are the non-custodial parent, or not the parent with court ordered physical or legal custody of his/her child, the guidelines for Texas direct courts to take into account the amount of time spent with your child or children and other relevant factors when it comes to determining child support amounts.

Is adult adoption a good way to guarantee asset distribution?

There are times when an adult adoption is important, like if you need to take care of a relative with a disability or want to make sure someone you aren't related to is able to obtain trust funds without those funds going to your friends or family members first. The trouble is that some adult adoptions won't protect the person you care about in the case of your death, and they may not help him or her obtain the assets you wanted to leave behind.

Adoptions are incredibly difficult to reverse, which is one reason you should never go through an adult adoption without understanding the full implications. Once you adopt someone, he or she is under your care for better or worse. Even if the relationship ends, the individual is still likely to receive a portion of your estate.

Custody cases can be decided by a judge: Be proactive

When you go through a divorce or separation, it's vital to put your child's needs first. The best interests of your child are always going to be the court's main priority, as they should be yours. If you and your spouse can't resolve your child custody decisions outside court, then the court will use its power to choose for you in the interests of your child.

When it comes to custody cases, there are many factors to consider. Courts look at them all and make an informed decision based on testimonies from family and friends, reports from either parent and even from the child him or herself. In most cases, the court wants to see both parents remain in the child's life and have the strong bond that is typical in a parent-child relationship. There are some cases in which the court may determine one parent isn't fit to raise a child or that shared custody isn't going to work.

Making co-parenting work when it is a challenge

Many different arrangements are possible when two parents have to come up with a parenting plan. One of the possibilities is co-parenting. This relationship means that you and your child's other parent aren't in a relationship any longer but you still work together to raise your child.

Co-parenting is often touted as one of the best methods for raising a child after divorce. However, this doesn't mean that it is the easiest option for the adults involved. It takes a lot of work and compromise on the parts of the parents. This isn't always easy and conflicts are going to come up. Here are some ways that you might be able to make co-parenting work:

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