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What Happens When CPS is Called?

For many parents, having child protective services (CPS) show up at your doorstep is more terrifying than the police knocking at your door.

A common misconception is that a CPS investigation means your child is going to be taken away. While it does happen, a call to CPS is not a guarantee of anything.

So, what does happen when CPS is called?

Marriage is the joining of two worlds, and two worlds of belongings. But the personal property you bring into a marriage will normally stay yours as separate property, if the marriage comes to an end.

Are there exceptions to this rule? And how can you ensure that your separate property stays separate and does not become marital property which can later be split?

Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to maintain your separate property:

Grandparents can request visitation rights, so they can also be ordered to pay child support! Wait, what? Really?

Typically, the responsibility to pay child support falls on the parents of the child, not the parents' parents. After all, the grandparents didn't decide to have a grandchild.

However, there are some exceptions where grandparents can and may be ordered to take up the slack and pay (grand)child support.

What Is Separate Property?

Separate property and community property: If you live in a community property state, you've probably heard these terms before. But what exactly is separate property, and how is it different from community property?

The simple explanation of the community property system is that anything you own before marriage is separate property, and anything you acquire after marriage is community property. If you divorce, you get to keep 100 percent of your separate property, and you get 50 percent of your community property.

As always though, there are exceptions. Here are a few points to keep in mind when figuring out what's considered separate property:

While traditional custody agreements usually consist of one parent having primary physical custody and the other parent getting visitation on weekends, there has been a growing movement toward 50/50 custody, or joint custody.

These 50/50 arrangements, however, can be difficult for all involved. Here are five tips on how to make 50/50 custody work:

School vacations can be tricky times for separated parents sharing custody, and spring break can raise some especially challenging custody issues. So while your child is looking forward to some time off from school, you might be looking for answers to some important questions.

Here are two questions, and answers, that might impact your custody arrangement during spring break:

Another blow has been struck against gay marriage bans. A federal judge blocked Nebraska's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional on Monday.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued an injunction allowing same-sex couples to marry in Nebraska, once again overturning the state's ban. (Bataillon had struck down the ban once before in 2005, but the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated it, The Associated Press reports.)

Here are five things you should know about Monday's ruling:

Taxes aren't fun to think about in the best of times. And if you're going through a divorce, how such a split may affect your taxes might be the furthest from your mind.

But if you're not paying attention, you could take a bigger tax hit than necessary. So here are some potential ways to protect yourself come tax season:

The time period between Christmas and Valentine's Day is known as "Engagement Season," with couples dreaming of a wedding down the road. Unfortunately, the best-laid plans often go awry and may not deliver on that promised joy.

On top of broken hearts, couples who break off their engagement may also have to worry about broken contracts -- and that's not all. Here are three legal concerns that may arise when calling off a wedding, and how they can potentially be addressed:

Top 3 Everyday Legal Questions From FindLaw Answers: January 2015

You've got questions... we've got answers. If you have not yet asked or answered a question in FindLaw's Answers community, what are you waiting for? This amazing free resource supports a dynamic community of legal consumers and attorneys helping each other out. Simple as that.

We see a lot of great questions in our Answers community every day. Here's a look at the Top 3 recent questions from our various boards:

1. Both my parents passed away without a will. There is a family cabin (not worth very much money) that I would like to have and my sister does not want. How do I go about doing that?

This is a great question; issues with wills, inheritances, and general estate planning are popular on our boards. In this instance, the individual is actually dealing with two issues: what happens to his parents' estate because they died without a will, and how to get his sister to disclaim her inheritance.