Research Local (and Distant) Schools Online

Ben Stevens at The South Carolina Family Law Blog, posts a nice online link for a useful resource in move away cases.

Parents are moving today more than ever.  In fact, I receive calls almost every week about these "parental relocation cases."  One of the (many) issues that the Court considers in such cases is the quality of the schools in each location. 

Fortunately, it is now easier than ever to find out necessary information about educational institutions located far away, thanks to Yahoo Real Estate.  This free service allows you to research both public and private schools in any state by city name or even by zip code.

The information provided includes contact information, enrollment, student to teacher ratio, and location on an interactive map.  There are also reports available on the school’s test scores, students, and teachers.  This resource can prove extremely helpful as a starting point when a child’s eduction is at issue, and I urge you to check it out.

Source:  "Find School Info With Yahoo School Search" by Wendy Boswell, publishd at LifeHacker.

Establishing and Calculating Child Support FAQ

How do custody arrangements affect child support obligations?

When one parent is awarded sole legal or physical custody in a divorce, the other parent typically is required to fulfill his or her child support obligation by making payments to the custodial parent. (The custodial parent meets this support obligation through the custody itself.) When parents are awarded joint physical custody in a divorce, their support obligations are based on how much money each parent earns and the percentage of time the child spends with each parent.