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With airplanes, cell phones, and the Internet making international connections so easy, international divorces have become increasingly common. Getting a divorce is hard enough, but how much harder will it be if you and your spouse live in different countries? Where do you file? How do you get the paperwork served? How do you enforce it?

International law is complex and the interaction of American family law and foreign law is even more complicated. However, ere are some basic things you need to know about international divorces:

Remember those stories where grandpa said he walked three miles in a snow storm to get to school? His parents would probably get arrested for that today. As a society, America has seem to become more paranoid about child safety.

In Maryland, free-range parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have had several run-ins with the law and CPS because of their decision to let their two young kids, aged 10 and six, walk to the park and home alone. On the most recent occasion, police detained the kids for several hours without notifying the Meitivs after a 911 call reported that the kids were unaccompanied. According to reports, CPS is investigating the family for neglect.

Is it really against the law to let your kids walk alone?

Most foster care arrangements are temporary: foster parents care for a child until the child is adopted, returned to his or her family, or reaches the age of 18. And although the relationship may be temporary, foster parents can have an enormous impact on a child's life and well-being.

Court and child placement decisions will almost always be made with the child's best interests in mind, and the requirements of foster parents are based on those concerns. But what may get overlooked are the rights of foster parents, with regards to both foster care placement procedures and with respect to the children themselves.

Many people get a divorce because they feel they've run out of options in their marriage. As it turns out, there are options for the kind of divorce you can get.

One of those options is known as a summary dissolution. While a summary dissolution has some advantages over a traditional divorce, it's not for everyone. Here are the differences between a divorce and summary dissolution.

Circumstances change. Three years ago, you got divorced and were ordered to pay spousal support. Three years ago, you had a job. Three years ago, you didn't have a new baby. Your ability to pay spousal support three years ago is much different than your ability to pay today.

So, can you ask for a reduction in spousal support?

How to File For Summary Dissolution

Divorce can be a long and arduous process. However, eligible couples may be able to take advantage of "summary dissolution" for a simpler and faster divorce.

Summary dissolution can be used to end a marriage or a domestic partnership. It is a less formal divorce process that includes less paperwork, fewer court appearances, and less negotiations and dispute.

Here is what you need to know about filing for summary dissolution:

How to Modify a Custody Order

Life changes. Children grow up. Parents get new jobs, lose jobs, or move to different places. So, a child custody order must then change to adapt to the new circumstances in a child's life.

How do you modify a custody order?

We all want to spend more time with our kids. And if you're divorced, there are probably good reasons why you might not have warm feelings towards your ex. So when your child says she doesn't want to go to your ex's for visitation or joint custody, that should be a good thing right?

Not necessarily. Child custody agreements are legally binding, and disobeying one could get you into trouble. So can you force your child to obey a custody order?

For many people, divorce can feel even more adversarial than a criminal case. Too often, people feel like the court is biased against them.

So, is it true? Do divorce courts favor men over women, or vice versa? We don't have the answer here, but we do have some interesting results on what people think, especially once they have been in court.

Custody fights are never pretty. But, they can turn particularly ugly when parents resort to kidnapping their own children.

Over 200,000 parental kidnappings occur each year. Parental kidnapping can be as drastic as taking the child to another country, or as innocuous as preventing visitation. The laws regarding parental kidnapping do vary from state to state.

Below, we discuss whether three common situations that can fit the definition of parental kidnapping: