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Applicable Federal Taxes for Community Property
A number of states are "community property" states, meaning that they recognize the concept of community property law. Community property law is dependent on state law and will therefore vary somewhat from state to state, but generally 50% of community property and community income is considered owned by each spouse. More...
Community Income Allocation and Equitable Remedies
Under the laws of some states (i.e., "community property" states), property acquired and income earned during marriage may be "community" property. This generally means that such income may be considered income earned equally. When couples in such states prepare and file income tax returns separately (as opposed to jointly), each More...
Modifying Child Support Requires Changed Circumstances
Although the law with respect to child support modification varies considerably by state, generally, before a court will modify a child support order, the requesting parent is often required to show that changed circumstances legitimately warrant the modification. Without this requirement, frequent, repeated and arbitrary requests for modification would burden More...
Child Support Enforcement and the Federal Parent Locator Service
The Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) is a national computerized network used to locate children, non-custodial parents, putative fathers and custodial parties for child support enforcement purposes. The FPLS is operated by the Office of Child Support Enforcement (of the Administration for Children and Families), within the United States Department More...
Restraining Order: A Court Order
A restraining order is a court order, filed by one individual against another, that requires an individual to refrain from performing certain acts. For example, an individual may be restrained from entering property, harassing others or transferring bank accounts. When determining whether to grant a restraining order, a court gives More...

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