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It almost that time when your baby goes from high school senior to first year college student. And while you're juggling all the emotions that can arise when a child goes off to college, there are some legal issues you might want to handle before classes start this fall.

If you're worried about your child's health, finances, and grades when they go to college, here are four essential documents to ease your mind:

In just about every divorce involving children, some child support arrangements will be made. But not every divorce is the same, and not all go as planned. And even if a child support agreement seems perfect at the time, circumstances can change.

Whatever the reason, you may find yourself trying to file a child support agreement, enforce or modify an existing one, or end your current child support obligations. But when is it too late? Here's a look.

Every divorce is different. Some separations are quaintly referred to as a "conscious uncoupling." Others are wars. There is no one-size-fits-all divorce, unfortunately, as every marriage is unique.

Some couples can calmly talk about their issues, even if it means divorcing. Some spouses may not feel safe in the same room as their soon-to-be exes. So how do you know when you should talk to your spouse during a divorce, and when it's best to maintain radio silence? Here are some factors to consider.

Many addicts are the last to recognize that they have a problem. Others feel that they can solve it themselves, without the need for admission into a full-fledged rehabilitation program. Still, some exasperated parents and siblings may not be willing to wait for a family member to sort out their addictions on their own, and will seek to forcibly institutionalize them.

But is that legal? Can you be compelled to go to rehab against your will?

In a recent landmark case, a Philadelphia federal court decided that there is no religious right to discriminate against LGBT foster and adoptive parents. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker ruled that Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Social Services, two state-approved foster care placement services, do not have the right to take taxpayer funds and still override Philadelphia's Department of Human Services' (DHS) child placement standards because of religious objections to LGBT lifestyles.

Summer Child Custody Dispute: When to Seek Mediation

As any parent knows, summer can be a hot topic. And not just the weather.

Come June, when the kids are out of school, the real heat begins. The workable child custody agreement that separated parents have put together during the school year flies out the window, and the bummer of summer begins. If a child custody dispute arises, you may be wondering, when should you seek mediation?

After a Philadelphia family court judged removed three children from a home with their mother, despite the children's case manager noting tremendous improvement in the case and recommending the children remain in the home, a Pennsylvania appeals court overturned the decision, and ruled the judge violated the children's due process rights. And it was not the first time this particular judge's family court decisions were overturned.

While most family court judges are doing their best, and trying to do what's in the best interests of the children they see, they can make mistakes. Additionally, a parent's circumstances can change significantly after a court ruling. So if a court has ordered your children into foster care, can you appeal that decision? And if so, how?

Father's Day is this Sunday, so get dad a card, at least, OK?

Being a father can mean a lot of things, and every father-child relationship is unique. But what does being a dad mean legally? What are your rights? Your responsibilities? Here's a roundup of some of our best father's rights content, just in time for Father's Day.

Couple Loses Custody Over Child's Use of Marijuana for Seizures

Parenthood is not for the faint of heart. For many of us, even when we try to do what's best for our kids, we never quite feel like we're doing enough. This is especially true for parents of children with special needs or medical conditions.

One Georgia couple felt they were doing the right thing for their special needs son when they let him smoke marijuana to deal with his frequent seizures. But they live in a state where marijuana use is still illegal for the most part. So, despite the drastic improvements in the boy's condition, the state arrested his parents and took custody of the child. Now the couple is hoping to regain custody of their son while fighting marijuana-related criminal charges.

We want to believe that our elderly loved ones will be safe and well taken care of should they need around-the-clock access to medical professionals that a nursing home can provide. Sadly, stories of nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse are all too common. So how do we address and hopefully prevent these tragedies?

One idea has been video monitoring and surveillance in nursing homes. But the cameras don't come without controversy, from employee and privacy advocates. So, are video cameras allowed in nursing home facilities generally or residents' rooms specifically?