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Guardian Ad Litem
 
What is a guardian ad litem? A minor cannot be a party to a lawsuit without assistance. Therefore, when a minor is a party to a lawsuit, the court appoints a guardian ad litem to represent the minor. More...
 
Enforcement of Child Support
 
When a court enters an order of child support, it orders one party to pay a certain sum of money to another for the support of a child. The person who is ordered to pay is called the obligor. The person who received the payment is the obligee. The amount of child support that is payable is usually based on state law that takes into consideration the number of children for which an obligor is responsible and the amount of income the obligor earns from all sources. More...
 
Elder Abuse
 
Not only are children the victims of neglect and abuse, the elderly are victims too. There are various types of neglect and abuse that elderly persons endure.More...
 
Right of Putative Father to Visitation
 
A "putative father" is a man who may be a child's father, but who was not married to the child's mother before the child was born and has not established the fact that he is the father in a court proceeding. When the child's natural parents have never married and the putative father is seeking visitation with his child, he must first prove his paternity before a court will entertain his petition for visitation. More...
 
Delinquency Proceedings
 
The Prosecuting Attorney may file a Delinquency Petition if a child under 18 years of age commits a delinquent act. A juvenile delinquency proceeding is essentially a closed bench trial. A juvenile has constitutional rights under the due process clause when there is a possibility of detention following the proceeding. These rights include adequate notice, the assistance of counsel, the privilege against self-incrimination, and the privilege of confronting and cross-examining the witnesses. The due process clause also requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt when a juvenile is charged with an act that would constitute a crime if committed by an adult. Juveniles do not have a constitutional right to a jury trial in juvenile court. More...
 
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