Parenting Legal Tips
Parenting occasionally intersects with the law, requiring at least a basic understanding of legal concepts. For example, state laws are just beginning to address cyberbullying and other potential dangers children face on the Internet, while teaching children how to deal with strangers in the real world always has been important to their safety and well-being. The Parenting Legal Tips sub-section of FindLaw's Family Law Center includes articles and resources with useful tips on everything from child tax credits and advice for unmarried parents to adoption and divorce. Other topics include the legality of leaving one's child home alone; how to find decent and affordable childcare; and the federal 529 college savings plan.
- New Parent Checklist
Having a baby changes everything. Your legal and financial lives are no exceptions. Take a look at this checklist to make sure you are legally and financially ready for your bundle of joy.
- Child Protection Training
We wish we could protect our children all the time, but it’s just not possible. Educate your children using the information in this article so they'll know what to do in dangerous situations.
- Saving for Education
There are many government programs to assist parents in the monumental task of saving for their children’s college education. Learn about the many different resources available and face the college years without worrying about money.
- Ten Things to Think About: Preventing Childhood Injuries
Threats are no longer limited to the physical world. Learn how to protect your children from the damaging effects of the loss of privacy and cyber bullying.
- Checklist: How to Find Good Childcare
Even the most attentive parents must leave their children in another’s care sometimes. Whether you use child care every day or just once in a while, this checklist will help you find the best care available.
- Child Visitation, Child Custody, and Unmarried Fathers
Getting to see your child when that child is not legally “yours” can be difficult. This article reviews how to start establishing visitation and custody when you haven’t yet established paternity.