3 Tips To Prepare For A Home Study

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The home study is one of the most important components of the adoption process. A poor home study can negatively impact your application for adoption. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the home study and leave a good impression with the social worker.  Understand What the Home Study Is Not There are several misconceptions about the home study. For instance, some people believe that their home has to be 100 percent spotless and that the social worker is only there to determine why the family should not be allowed to adopt.

17 August 2015

How To Set Up A Joint Custody Agreement For Pets

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You don't need kids to set up a joint custody agreement if you and your ex-spouse both consider your dog, cat, or bird a member of the family. Instead of arguing endlessly about who should get the pet, consider handling the shared responsibility like you would with a child. As long as you're staying in the same area, you can create a joint custody plan that keeps your pet happy and healthy.

13 August 2015

International Custody Issues

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Custody issues are difficult enough if both parents live in the same city or state.  If you or your ex-spouse want to live or travel abroad, custody becomes even trickier. Whether you are allowed to take your child overseas depends on a variety of factors. If you are facing an international custody issue, you need to seek the help of an experienced family lawyer before any travel takes place.  Approval

12 August 2015

How Can Filing For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Benefit You If You Owe Child Support?

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If you're having trouble making child support payments because you're in debt, it might be in your best interest to file for chapter 7 bankruptcy. While filing for bankruptcy won't allow you to discharge your child support debts because they are considered "priority" debts, it can still offer several advantages that can help you to get back on your feet financially. The following are four of these advantages: Discharged debts free up money for child support

12 August 2015

How To Protect The Children From An Abusive Or Reckless Ex

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If you have legitimate fears that ex's (or soon-to-be ex's) behavior could harm your children, you have three basic options to deal with it. 1. Encourage the ex to get counseling, substance abuse treatment, or parenting classes. Your first step could be to encourage the person to take steps to be a better parent (unless the situation is too serious for a time delay). You will need to keep a record and collect evidence of their behaviors so that when you do talk to them, you can cite specific examples instead of being too general for them to get the point.

12 August 2015

FAQs of the Divorce Settlement Agreement

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The divorce settlement agreement is a crucial component of your separation from your spouse. The agreement is the foundation on which your final divorce decree is built. Before signing the proposed agreement from your spouse or working with him or her to create one, here is what you need to know. What Is in the Agreement? The settlement agreement covers a wide range of topics, including child custody and support, alimony, and the division of assets and debts.

12 August 2015

Smoothing The Transition During A Divorce

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Nothing about a divorce is ever easy for anyone, but that doesn't mean you have to constantly stay in a state of conflict. Smoothing out the rough patches and finding a way to reach reasonable, equitable compromises can help you and your spouse conclude your marriage with as few major blow outs as possible. The lion's share of what needs to be done to achieve this is all about being aware of your attitude, but it may also require that you enlist the help of highly skilled professionals to help properly mediate and document the process.

12 August 2015