Federal and state governments have established laws and regulations that govern the process of adults assuming the legal rights and responsibilities to children that were not born to them. These laws also help ensure the safety and well-being of the children as they transition to the care and control of people who are not their biological parents.
- What Is Adoption?
- The Adoption Process
- Adopting a Foreign Child
- Same-Sex Adoption
- Types of Adoptions
- Adoption Rights of Biological Parents
Child custody laws vary from state to state. Therefore, it is important to understand what each state considers when determining the physical and legal custody of a child.
- Establishing Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Custody Between Unmarried Parents
- Different Types of Custody Arrangements
- Child Custody Violations
- Modification of Child Custody and Visitation Arrangements
Child support is the amount of money that the court orders a parent or both parents to pay in order to assist in the financial maintenance and support of the child and the child’s living expenses.
- What Is Child Support?
- Child Support Enforcement
- Failure to Pay Child Support
- Modification of Child Support Payments
- Bankruptcy and Child Support
Child visitation laws govern the rights of non-custodial parents to spend time with their child. These laws also provide rights for other people who are important to the child, such as grandparents and other family members, to visit the child.
- Denial of Child Visitation
- Visitation Rights of Unmarried Parents
- Unsupervised and Supervised Visitation
- Visitation Rights of Grandparents
Federal law requires that every child be provided the opportunity to receive a basic education. Every state has its own school system, and there are very distinct laws in each state that concern the management of schools, teachers, and funding for public education.
- Suing the Public School System
- Liability of Schools During Athletics
- Can I Sue the School for Injuries Caused By Another Student?
- Drug Testing In Schools
- Liability of Public Schools During Bus Trips
Guardianship is a court-supervised legal relationship established for the benefit and protection of a child whose parents can no longer support or take care of them. It is important to understand who can be a guardian and what the process in becoming a guardian consists of.
- What Is a Guardianship?
- Reversing a Guardianship Agreement
- When Does a Guardianship End?
- Gaurdianship Ad Litem
- Foster Parent Rights
Establishing paternity is an important step toward establishing child custody and the collection of child support. Determining the legal father is can be a difficult and long process, especially because there are different circumstances that depend on different legal rules and procedures.
- What Is Paternity?
- Am I Eligible for Paternity Leave?
- Paternity and Child Support
- Father's Rights in Contesting Paternity
State child protection is enacted in circumstances where parents are inspected by the state for allegedly neglecting or abusing their child.
The laws governing surrogates and surrogacy arrangements vary from state to state. They deal with both customary and gestational surrogacy.