About to file your income taxes? Review your court orders to see who gets to claim your child as a dependent. Where do I find this information? You can find this information in the Final Court Decree in your case. By the "final" decree, I mean the last order that the judge signed when your case was finished. The final decree may be called "Final Decree of Divorce". It can titled "Order in … [Read more...] about Who Gets to Claim My Minor Child as a Tax Deduction?
If you are the parent who usually takes your child to the doctor, you are probably the one who most often pays the co-pays and deductibles. Even if your divorce or paternity decree states that you are entitled to reimbursement from the other parent, you may find it difficult to actually get that reimbursement. Here are the most important things to remember to help you recover the money … [Read more...] about Getting Medical Reimbursement for Your Child’s Medical Expenses
A man who is paying child support for a child that he mistakenly thought was his own child may be able to seek termination of the parent-child relationship and the duty to pay child support. The case must meet certain requirements in order to proceed. First, a petition is filed in family court. A hearing is held and if the judge determines that certain criteria are met, genetic testing will be … [Read more...] about Terminating Child Support in the Case of Mistaken Paternity
DNA testing is sometimes used in paternity, adoption and immigration cases. Here are some reasons that DNA testing may be used and who may request the test: 1. In a traditional paternity case: As evidence of the identity of the biological father a. requested by the biological mother in order to enforce the duty of care and child support; or b. requested by the biological father … [Read more...] about DNA Testing for Family Law and Immigration Cases has Strict Standards