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Is there a right to counsel in civil and child custody cases?

Advocates are pushing for the right to counsel to apply to civil cases for low-income citizens in non-criminal cases. The constitutional right to counsel, as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court, is applied to certain defendants charged with a crime in the United States.

Women can get the child support they are owed

Divorce with children often comes with a judgment for one parent to pay the other to help support their children. According to recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half of those who should be receiving child support are actually getting paid in full. Although most child support violators are men, no matter who the violator is, it is important that this money gets paid to the proper parent so they can adequately support the needs of the child that they care for.

Debate over location highlights need for domestic violence center

The recent debate over the appropriate location for a domestic violence center and the site selection of a Prince George's County, Maryland, historical landmark is a source of concern for local residents. The site is the Old Marlboro Elementary School in Upper Marlboro. At this time, the plan is to demolish the school to make way for the much-needed resource.

International child custody cases prove difficult

Often, divorce is a stressful experience. When children are involved, it can make divorce even more difficult for both the parents and children, and sometimes can lead to a child custody dispute. In some circumstances, the dispute can get so out of hand that one parent will flee with a child, even out of the country, in order to evade authorities and the reach of the divorce proceedings. Depending on which country the child is taken to, and whether that country's legal system chooses to cooperate or not, it can be extremely difficult for a parent to legally have the child returned to the United States.

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