An open adoption is an adoption where you acquire full parenting rights to the child but the biological parents still retain some visitation rights. Although an open adoption can be psychologically gratifying for both the child and the biological parents, placing some limits on the deal so that your parenting won't be undermined is a good idea. So when you're negotiating visitation rights as part of an open adoption process, take care to avoid these three pitfalls:
6 August 2015
You've come home after a long day at work, and as you're checking your email you see a note from your ex-wife saying that your son needs money to pay for soccer cleats. At this point, you may be wondering what child support actually covers. While state laws vary, in most places, uninsured medical bills and extracurricular activities aren't covered unless specified in the agreement. Below is an explanation of what your child support payments cover:
10 July 2015
Unfortunately, not all marriages last until death do you part. When there are children involved, it makes things much more complicated and often nastier. Sometimes, your spouse decides it would be best to get away, go to a different state, and start all over. This might be fine and dandy except he or she wants to take the kids too. This is going to end up with a legal battle. The question is, where will this battle take place and which state can decide about the children.
25 June 2015
If you and your spouse are going through a divorce, you will be concerned about many issues. If you have children, their well-being should be a top priority for you. The effect of your divorce on your children can be greatly minimized by how you and your spouse behave and how you deal with the inevitable stress on your children. Even young children are affected by divorce. Read on for more information on the signs of stress in your young child.
15 June 2015
When you make the decision to get a divorce, both family members and friends will often chime in with well-meaning, sensible advice. Unfortunately, common sense advice can sometimes put you at a disadvantage -- and this is why you should always speak with an attorney first. 1. Leaving Your House Leaving your home is often considered to be abandonment. When you abandon your marital home, it puts you at a disadvantage even if your spouse asked you to leave.
21 May 2015
You're getting a divorce, and you were startled when the papers from your spouse's lawyer set forth a clause for no overnight guests when you have your children with you. You'd never heard of such a provision, and you're not entirely comfortable with it. If you haven't yet hired your own lawyer, it's probably time to do so. You'll have trouble protecting your rights in this situation when going up against a skilled attorney without your own professional legal representation.
27 February 2015
When you divorce from your spouse or you are estranged and have not seen him or her in months, getting child support for your children is not easy. What makes it more difficult are former in-laws who you cannot locate nor ask about the whereabouts of your ex. Your child needs financial support, and most states require that you make the effort to find your ex before public assistance programs will support you.
25 February 2015
If you are going through a divorce, you might be worried about prior criminal convictions. If you think that your past might hurt your chances for a fair judgment when it comes to child custody, it is important to find a criminal defense attorney that can handle your case. By understanding the ins and outs of your criminal past, your lawyer can defend you in the best light in court. Here are four ways a lawyer can find success in playing down your criminal past for a successful custody hearing.
18 February 2015