Adoption and Child Support Arrears

September 3, 2019

Any parent can tell you that raising children can be expensive.  Providing the basics, such as housing, clothing, and food can add up quickly.  When you include daycare costs, medical insurance, extracurricular fees, and other “extras,” the cost can be massive.  When parents divorce or separate, the court will enter an order for child support […]

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Adoption When Biological Parent Cannot Be Located

August 27, 2019

All law suits begin the same way – when one person files a petition with the court.  The essential next step is serving the defendant with a copy of the petition.  No law suit can proceed without properly serving the defendant.  The defendant has a right to notice of the suit and to appear and […]

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Adoption or a Will – Why a Will Isn’t Enough

August 23, 2019

All parents know that it is important to plan for the family’s future.  This involves not only short-term goals, but also continuing and far-reaching objectives, such as preparing for retirement.  Planning for your family’s future should include an estate plan.  A well-crafted estate plan can include a wide variety of documents, depending on the goals […]

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Uncontested Adoption – Post Adoption Support

August 14, 2019

The vast majority of law suits are settled before they get to a final hearing.  Adoption is no exception to this.  Like with other family law cases, coming to an agreement provides the parties with a degree of control over the process, and allows them to tailor make solutions that are suitable for their situation […]

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Uncontested Adoption – Basic Procedure – New Birth Certificates

August 13, 2019

Completing an adoption is a joyous time for both the adoptive parents and the adopted child.  The final adoption hearing means the adoption is done, and the stability and permanency that are so important for a child have been cemented for the future.  Completing an adoption means that the child is now part of the […]

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Uncontested Adoption – Complex Administratively – Choosing the Right Attorney

August 9, 2019

The vast majority of civil cases are settled before they ever reach a final hearing.  In some cases, they reach a settlement before the initial pleadings have even been filed.  Even if an agreement is reached between the parties, there are still important administrative rules and laws that must be observed.  Failure to adhere to […]

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Why Adopt – Security for the Family Unit

August 2, 2019

Being a good parent and forming a strong parent-child bond does not always require that you are biologically related to the child.  Caring for and bringing up a child can result in a bond as strong as any enjoyed between a biological parent and his or her offspring.  Adoption is the legal way to solidify […]

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Why Adopt – Social Security, Pensions, and Financial Considerations

July 31, 2019

There are many reasons for adopt.  Most people think immediately of the emotional connection with the children and cementing the stability of the family unit.  Although those are very important considerations and should be the primary motivating factor behind the decision to complete an adoption, there are also financial reasons that need to be taken […]

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Why Adopt – Name Change to Match the Rest of the Family

July 30, 2019

Few things define us like our own names.  Our surnames tell a story of our heritage and connect us to the other members of our family.  Logistically, sharing a name with your family can simplify certain processes.  For example, sharing a surname with your children can avoid confusion when trying to schedule pediatrician appointments or […]

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Why Adopt – Avoiding the Foster Care System/Guardianship Proceedings

July 23, 2019

Adoption is an important option when you are considering expanding your family.  Adoption can mean that you provide a loving and stable home for a child, and can help you expand your household.  There are many reasons to adopt a child, but avoiding the foster care system or guardianship proceedings can definitely be an important […]

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