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Is independent adoption right for you?

Growing a family through adoption is rewarding on many levels. Parents can pursue domestic or international adoption through a public or private agency. Nevertheless, some seek other forms of domestic adoption known as private or independent adoption. The advantages This is different than going through a domestic or international adoption agency that guides the family through the process, yet it offers many benefits: Control: Many parents cite control over the whole process as the strongest argument for an independent adoption. Many believe that it minimizes the chances of the birth parent...

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Getting kids comfortable in both homes is possible

Coparents come up with a wide range of parenting plans for where kids spend their time. Regardless of the custody agreement, the plan may favor one home with more time, be a weekend home, or be a situation where the kids move fluidly between the two residences. It can be hard to avoid one being favored – common reasons are one parent remains in the family home, proximity to friends, amenities, or one parent is less stringent. These may change from time to time. The transition to two living spaces can be a big issue for the children, and that upheaval can make them feel insecure about family...

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Retirement accounts should be properly divided

Concerns about financial security weigh heavily during a divorce, particularly if the couple is closing in on retirement age. So, it is essential that spouses divide up all marital assets fairly and equitably. This can include retirement accounts like 401(k) plans, IRAs, pensions and other investments related to retirement. These accounts can be significant assets as the couples approach retirement age. It is common for retirement accounts to be part of an employee benefits package. The other spouse may not realize its value or that it even exists. As with other marital assets, spouses...

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What is the process for finalizing an adoption?

Adoption is one of the most exciting and yet stressful times in parents' lives. The excitement is self-evident, but the stress often involves paperwork. It's a long process with a lot of legal paperwork that needs addressing for the finalization to ensure that the adoption is complete, and the child is legally recognized and a permanent part of your family. Before the final decree Several steps happen after placement: The birth parents must sign an adoption consent to terminate their parental rights, which can occur no earlier than 72 hours after the birth. Adoptive parents must comply with...

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Johnny Depp wins defamation case

The tempestuous divorce of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard captured the attention of millions. Heard accused him of abuse during their time together in her 2018 Op-Ed in the Washington Post, and a cover photo for People magazine showed her face seemingly bruised. Depp claimed innocence and sued her for $50 million in damages for defamation – the accusations brought his career to a standstill. Heard countersued for $100 million, claiming she was only violent in response to Depp or in defense of her younger sister. The verdict On June 1, 2022, the six-week trial in Virginia had a verdict after the...

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Moving the kids between households takes planning and preparation

Coparents can create detailed parenting plans with scheduled visits, childcare needs, and even how to handle pick-ups and drop-offs. While parents may have consulted the kids about their needs and wants, the transitions between homes will not always go as planned, and kids may not like the parenting plan arrangement. This will be particularly true in the early days of the post-divorce era. The coparents will need to take action or discuss a strategy for resolving the children’s resistance. Making the transitions easier Whether the switch is daily, every few days, on weekends or on another...

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Kentucky child support rules in flux

Kentucky was one of just four states that received an A- or higher from the National Parents Organization. The grade was due to its new child support reform bill, which removed the 1.5 multiplier often referred to as the "Shared Parenting Penalty Multiplier." The old formula multiplied the combined income by 1.5 before subtracting the less-earning parent’s earnings. Critics believed that the multiplier unfairly and randomly inflated shared parenting child support. Unanimously passed last year by the state House and Senate, the bill went into effect on March 1, 2022. New self-support reserve...

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Spouses should consider tax obligations when planning divorce

The April 15 deadline for individual and joint filings is now past, but this does not mean it is time to forget about taxes until next year. The division of marital assets is a crucial part of the divorce agreement, so it can be a substantial misstep not to consider the tax obligations attached to these assets. Moreover, it is particularly essential for business owners or those with an extensive portfolio of assets and investments. An experienced family law attorney can help their clients find creative (yet legal) ways that help to minimize unnecessary tax obligations. This strategy can save...

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Kelly Clarkson’s divorce includes a vaccine agreement for the kids

The pandemic has impacted divorces in many. Early on, it was a mitigating factor that pushed some couples to divorce, particularly if the marriage was a new one. Now it's a few years later with vaccines available for anyone ages five and up. Nevertheless, parents may have different views on how best to protect the health and well-being of their children. Disagreements can involve rules on masking, playdates, travel, attending school, and whether to vaccinate or not vaccinate. Singer and entertainer Kelly Clarkson wrapped up her divorce from Brandon Blackstock, and they’ve addressed such...

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are back in court

The fiery short-term marriage of actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has been fodder for countless headlines and social media noise. The couple, who began dating in 2012 and married in 2015, had a fiery relationship. The 15-month marriage ended in divorce and included a restraining order filed and then withdrawn. They settled things with Depp giving her $7 million, which she vowed to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union. After issuing a joint statement that they parted on good terms, they went their separate ways. That unraveled in 2016 when Heard appeared on the cover of People...

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