Is an attorney necessary to voluntarily terminate parental rights?

When a father consents to the idea of giving up his parental rights to a child, he and the child’s mother need to visit a lawyer in order to ensure that all paperwork is correctly handled and that the termination of rights is legally valid. The details of parental rights termination vary, sometimes greatly, by state, and it’s absolutely essential that a lawyer assist you during this process.

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Who can be ordered to pay child support?

Child support may be ordered of any legal parent who has not officially relinquished his or her parental rights. If you are a biological parent, or an adoptive parent, of a child, then you may be ordered to pay child support for that child whenever you are no longer living in his or her home or providing him with routine care.

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Is child support taxable?

Child support income is not taxable, but navigating the waters of IRS law can be taxing. Each year, IRS laws are slightly amended, significantly altered, or completely done away with. For these reasons, among others, it is important to do your homework before assuming that any form of income (or payments made to you) are taxable or non-taxable.

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What is a child support order?

A child support order is a document from a court that states when, how often, and how much a parent is to pay for child support. A child support order is typically part of a divorce decree or paternity judgment.

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Can a stepparent be required to pay child support?

Step-parent child support was not required according to traditional common law rules, however, many states have since passed statutes requiring step-parent support. Therefore, whether step-parent support during marriage or step-parent support after marriage is required may depend on the state.

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What is child support?

Child support is an amount payable by one parent to the other to make sure that a child is cared for and shares, to some degree, the standard of living enjoyed by both parents. Read on for more information on child support.

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