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Child support

child support: an overview

Child support refers to the sum that the noncustodial parent must pay to the custodian. This sum serves as a parental contribution for the child's basic living expenses, such as food, clothing, shelter, health care, and education. When a court orders a parent to pay child support, the parent must pay directly to the child's custodian rather than directly to the child. States generally do not impose an obligation to pay support for a child after that child has reached the age of 18.

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Children's rights

children's rights: an overview

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Emancipation of minors - laws

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Laws of the Fifty States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico Governing the Emancipation of Minors

This page links to the laws of the states dealing with the "emancipation" of minors, that is, the provisions dealing with when and on what conditions children are released from parental authority and become "adults" for important legal purposes..

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Divorce laws

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Divorce Laws of the Fifty States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico

This page links to the divorce laws of the states and to tables summarizing some of their salient points. Those interested in the divorce law of a particular jurisdiction should review its law directly rather than rely on the tables which may not be fully accurate or complete.

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Marriage laws

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Marriage Laws of the Fifty States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico

This table links to the marriage laws of the states and attempts to summarize some of their salient points. Those interested in the marriage law of a particular jurisdiction should review its law directly rather than rely on this summary which may not be fully accurate or complete.

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Estate Planning

estate planning: an overview

Estate planning is the process by which an individual or family arranges the transfer of assets in anticipation of death. An estate plan aims to preserve the maximum amount of wealth possible for the intended beneficiaries and flexibility for the individual prior to death. A major concern for drafters of estate plans is federal and state tax law.

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Marriage

Definition

The legal union of a couple as spouses.  The basic elements of a marriage are: (1) the parties' legal ability to marry each other, (2) mutual consent of the parties, and (3) a marriage contract as required by law.

See also Common-law marriage.

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Personal Autonomy

right of privacy: personal autonomy

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U.S. Supreme Court: Historic Right of Privacy-Personal Autonomy Decisions

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Estates and trusts

estates and trusts: an overview

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