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R. Kelly paid off the $114,000 he owed in child support


Child support arrangements are rarely static. Seeing as employment situations change and one's earnings may be altered at any moment, it is often the case that a non-custodial parent may not be able to continue covering the monthly payments that were agreed on or a custodial parent may require more money each month. In such cases, options are available.

What Children Learn from Observing Parents During Divorce.

I understand that people going through a divorce are stressed an pushed to their emotional limits at times.  Often, words are spoken or actions taken without considering their true effect.  I have heard the following in meetings with people ready to start a divorce, as they go through one, and even after the divorce is final:

Jack White settles on child support agreement with ex

Contrary to common perception, child support covers a wide array of costs -- not just the basic necessities. Although monthly payments do help to cover food, clothing and shelter, child support also covers other, less basic needs, such as entertainment, schooling, medical and other fees. In order to determine how much support is owed by the non-custodial parent, courts take into consideration a number of factors, including the RI Child Support Guidelines, the needs of the child and the monthly earnings of both parents.

Coming to a clear understanding of family law issues


Rhode Island residents going through divorce probably have a lot of questions about family law issues. Questions are perfectly normal. Family law issues encompass a wide array of topics -- from financial challenges to child custody -- and, often, these issues can become confused, making it difficult for divorcees to come to any kind of clear understanding. Thankfully, though, there are legal professionals available who can help guide divorcees through this and every other part of the divorce process.

Step Parenting: Healthy Lesson from a 30 Year Old Stepmom

I just read an interesting comment about a 30 year old woman who was about to become a stepmom to a 7, 13 and 16 year old children.  She said that it is not important where kids put their napkins.  Although the new stepmom might believe that the napkin belongs on a child's lap, making that an issue is not important.  She viewed the children's experience as important in her new parenting role.

After a delay, celebrity couple finalizes divorce


Some couples opt out of divorce, choosing instead to separate unofficially. This may seem like a good idea to some as it saves couples from having to undergo divorce proceedings, but more often than not it is more costly than beneficial. Not only can unofficial separation lead to increased emotional strain on couples, as well as possibly proving harmful to children who lack proper custody arrangements, but it can also be very expensive in the long run.

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