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It's understandable that you might want to put some distance between you and your soon-to-be ex. And you might've heard that your options -- especially when moving out of state -- might be limited after a child custody agreement has been reached. But what about moving before the divorce is finalized? Or even before you file?

While state laws on child custody can vary, many require some form of written notice and/or consent before a parent can move away with a child, though the restrictions may depend on the distance or the reasons for the move. Here are a few things to consider.

Just getting you and your ex to agree to the terms of your divorce settlement was tough enough. And you thought once that was finished, you were done dealing with the divorce. But life happens, circumstances change, and now one of you wants to go back and change the terms of your divorce agreement.

As unappealing as it may sound, those changes may be necessary. But the process for making those changes may differ, depending on whether you're altering the terms of spousal support, child support, or child custody. Here are the key issues for each when considering changes to a divorce settlement:

We've said it before and we'll say it again: "Everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn't end." And while there are exceptions to that rule, when it comes to breakups, the exceptions prove the rule.

Jilted exes can take the end of a relationship hard. And although not all exes turn into stalkers after a breakup, it's far too common for a better half to feel threatened by their former partners. And if your exes unhappiness with the split turns in to stalking, you do have legal options to keep you safe. Here are three things you can do if your ex is stalking you.

What Is 'Free-Range Parenting'? Is It Legal?

Parenthood is not for the faint of heart. It can be both incredibly rewarding and unbelievably difficult. And there is no one perfect way to parent, because every child is different, and the circumstances of each household are different. From helicopter parenting to the free-range advocates, there are a lot of acceptable parenting styles, as well as a lot of grey area.

The challenge is, what do we do when people and even law enforcement on one side of the spectrum view the tactics of the other side as neglectful or otherwise illegal? And how do we allow for different parenting styles, but still maintain standards for the care and safety of children? While this is an ongoing struggle, one state has made some changes to decriminalize free-range parenting styles.

5 Tips for How to Keep Your Kids Out of Your Divorce

While getting a divorce requires a couple to decide on certain issues surrounding their children, such as child custody and child support, involving your kids in the process is not necessary. A divorce can be emotionally taxing on the couple ending a marriage, but can also be very difficult for the couple's kids. For this reason, the more you can keep your kids out of your divorce, the better for their emotional well-being. Here are 5 tips to help keep your kids out of your divorce.

Dad Can Be Guardian After Giving Autistic Daughter Illegal Marijuana

As society seems to become more accepting of marijuana, the laws around this drug have changed as well. Some states have decriminalized marijuana, while others have actually legalized marijuana (within certain parameters, of course). For example, California recently introduced new cannabis rules and regulations.

Texas, on the other hand, continues to be on the more restrictive side when it comes to marijuana. Under current Texas marijuana laws, medical marijuana is permitted on a very limited basis. While Texas is still strict with marijuana, a judge in that state has ruled that a dad who gives his severely autistic daughter cannabis vapor is fit to be her guardian.

Same-sex Couple Sue to Foster Refugee Children

There are many couples who want to have a child, but can't have one of their own. There are also many children who are waiting to be adopted. Seems like there's a simple solution, but it's not always that easy for couples who want a child to actually adopt one. Take for example Fatma Marouf and Bryne Esplin.

The couple was unable to have a child with alternative pregnancy methods, and decided to foster a refugee child. However, when they tried through a federally funded organization, they were denied.

Is It Illegal to Hide Cryptocurrency in Divorce?

It's never a good idea to try to cheat the law. When going through a divorce, property division begins by determining the assets of the splitting couple then divvying up those assets.

Hiding property is, as you might expect, a regular fear and feature of the divorce process. Stocks, bonds, bank accounts, and 401(k)s can be tracked down by your ex's lawyers. As can (more easily) the house, the car, and the dog. But what about anonymously held cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin?

What to Do If Someone Else Claims Your Child as a Dependent

You can claim a $4,050 dependent tax exemption for each qualifying child under federal tax law. Married couples filing jointly generally claim their children on their return, which is easy enough to manage between them. But when parents file separately, which often happens in the case of divorce or separation, the familiar tug-of-war over the kid(s) can extend to tax returns.

So what happens if someone else claims your child as a dependent?

How Does Immigration Status Affect Child Custody?

Divorce is hard enough for anyone to go through, but add having to determine child custody, and it only gets harder. Sometimes parents are able to reach a custody agreement themselves, other times the parents may need to have a judge decide on the child custody arrangements.

If you're an immigrant -- legal or illegal -- you may be concerned that your immigration status will impact a child custody agreement. After all, doesn't it seem likely that a U.S. citizen would be favored over a non-citizen when determining who gets custody? The answer is no -- immigration status is not generally a factor in determining who gets custody.