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Family Law

Adoption

Have you and your family decided to bring a needy child into your loving household? Every child deserves a loving home. There are many unfortunate children across the globe waiting for the right people to come along and give them all the love and comfort that a stable family can provide. For the adoptive family, adoption is a big step to take. It is a critical decision which will positively affect them for the rest of their lives. However, there are many legal steps that need to be taken during the process.

Types of adoptions include:

It is a sad fact that millions of children around the world are born into situations where they do not have parents willing or capable of raising them. As such, it is a moral duty of society to help find and provide these children with a stable home. Adopting serves a crucial role in society. In fact, recent surveys show that 6 in 10 Americans are personally affected by adoption. Basically, the majority of Americans either are or know someone who has been adopted, has adopted someone, or put a child up for adoption.

Even as frequent as the practice takes place in the United States, the process is still rather complex. There are many factors involved in the process to adopt a child. First, an adoptive family must decide whether to adopt through a private or public agency. Once an application is made, there are several steps that must be taken before the parental rights of the birth parents are terminated and rights are transferred to the adoptive family. After all, the goal of adoption should be to provide a loving source of support for a child as quickly as possible, not to get tangled up in unnecessary legal concerns while a child isleft yearning for a family.

Child Support

When two people get divorced and children are involved, the next step is deciding on who will get custody of the children. Once that is decided, the non-custodial parent is required to make child support payments to the parent that does have custody. Child support payments are meant to help provide the children with all the necessities he or she will need. It is a tricky and complicated area of law, but our lawyers are here to assist you in your time of need.

Necessities that child support payments may provide for include:

The amount of child support that a parent is entitled to depends on a number of different factors. The number of children involved is one major factor, along with how much money each parent makes.

Contacting our lawyers during the divorce process is a wise decision for many reasons. For example, your spouse may refuse to give you the amount you requested and you feel you deserve a larger amount, or your spouse may refuse to pay anything at all. Even if your spouse is agreeing to the child support amount you requested, it is possible you may be entitled to more. Or, perhaps you are on the other end and your spouse is requesting far too much and you feel it is unfair, and he or she is already working with lawyers and you do not want to be at a disadvantage.

Child Custody

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is determining which parent will get child custody. This process is often painful for all parties involved - especially for the children. As sensitive as these proceedings may be, it is essential that child custody is determined by what is in the best interests of the child. During this time, it is also important to assess how joint custody and visitation rights will be handled during the rest of their childhood.

The following factors are considered when determining the best interests of a child:

There are several factors weighed when the determination of custodial rights. Unfortunately, those who desire sole or joint custody of their child are not always granted their wish. Recent surveys taken show that 82% of all mothers desire sole custody whereas only 29% of fathers covet sole custody of a child. As illustrated by the actual results of these battles, wishes are not always granted. In actuality, 63% of mothers were granted custody as opposed to 6% of fathers. Parental fitness, reputation, age, health, and sex all play a role in which parent gains custody.

It is in everyone's best interest to resolve such a matter amicably. A child needs the love of both parents whenever possible. As such, it is important to share joint custody or allow visitation rights to the parent who does not have sole custody.

Divorce

In a perfect world, a marriage would last forever. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world. The dissolution of a marriage is a difficult time in anyone's life. Not only is your life affected, but the lives of your entire family are as well. Divorce can be particularly trying if there are children involved. Wholesale changes and crucial decisions must be made. Who gets the house? What about visitation rights for the kids? These are just a few questions you must ask yourself while in the process of getting a divorce. As such, it is essential that you have competent divorce attorneys who understand the intricacies of divorce law to help you make this process go as smoothly as possible.

Grounds for divorce include:

Across the country, marriages are coming to an end more frequently than ever before. In fact, recent studies show that almost half of all marriages end in divorce. It is safe to say that the phrase "till death do us part" has perhaps become a little outdated. Marriages end for a variety of reasons. Infidelity, abuse, or simply falling out of love are just a few. Whatever the reason, support and guidance is needed to help ease the transition following married life.

There are many obstacles to overcome following such a break up. The division and allocation of property and assets is one of the most important and difficult tasks. Often, if there is no prenuptial agreement, the battle for shared assets can become heated. In order to maintain civility, it is suggested that both parties have legal representation trained in divorce law. A more sensitive matter that often must be broached during such proceedings is that of child custody, child support, and child visitation rights. It is best to keep the child's best interests at heart during these difficult times.

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