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September 2016 Archives

How to adopt a child as a stepparent

Stepparent adoption applies when a new spouse of the birth parent wishes to adopt the child. It is one of the most common forms of adoption in the U.S. It is important to get the consent of both the parents, custodial and non-custodial, before moving on. Yet in some cases, consent may not be required if the parental rights of the birth parent are terminated. This may be achieved by proving that the parent has either abandoned the child, is unfit or is not the biological parent. Every step should be taken with the best interests of the child in mind.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie settle child custody case

Of all the issue that come up during a divorce — alimony, child support, division of assets — perhaps the most contentious is child custody. After all, both parents love their child and want to spend as much time as possible with him or her. Emotions run high as both parties try to come to an agreement that suits them and is in the best interests of the child.

You have a right to know where your children go on vacation

If you are divorced from your child's other parent and you share custody, chances are you and your ex will take turns vacationing with your child. While your child may be looking forward to this time away with their other parent, you may not be so excited about it, especially if your ex withholds information about their plans or destination. Even if you're not concerned about family abduction, you have a right to know where your child will be while on vacation with their other parent.

Is a bad marriage worse for children than a "good" divorce?

Everyone who's in a troubled marriage has repeated the phrase like a mantra: "we've got to stay together for the children." The idea is that keeping the pieces of the marriage together will provide children with the level of stability they need to stay emotionally healthy. Unfortunately, this stance doesn't give children much credit. They are far more attuned to their parents' emotional states then we often realize. We tend to think we're fooling them, but they are picking up on the stress and animosity and absorbing it.

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