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Do you foster children? Have you been fostering a child who you have simply fallen in love with and want to adopt? Do you know what it will take to adopt that child once and for all? I have recently been through the system to adopt the little girl that I had fostered for nearly three years. It took some time and a lot of help from our lawyer, but eventually, we were able to sign the adoption papers and consider our little girl our daughter. To find out a little about the process, visit my website. There, you will find our story and explanations of the entire process from start to finish.

Tips For Helping You Choose A Guardian For Your Elderly Parent

Caring for an elderly parent can be tough, especially when you do not have siblings or other family members to help you. You may not have the insurance coverage or money to hire a nursing professional or aid to sit with your mom or dad while you travel on business or just go for vacation to get a break for a while. In circumstances like this, you might consider appointing a temporary guardian for your parent while you are away. Learn more about temporary guardianship and how you and your elderly parent can benefit from it. What Is A Temporary Guardian? A temporary guardian is someone you appoint for handling someone’s affairs because they are unable to do so. In the case of your elderly parent, a temporary guardian will be responsible for his or her basic care and safety. Your guardian will take your parent to doctor’s appointments and handle his or her finances. If you need to leave for an extended period of time, a temporary guardian can fill your place until you get back. When you take care of the legal aspects of guardianship, you can set a specific date that guardianship of your parent ends as well. Who Can Be A Guardian For An Elderly Person?        You can choose whoever you want to be a guardian for your elderly parent. However, making sure you choose someone you know you can trust to be watchful of your parent is important. You should also make sure the person you choose can be trusted with your mom or dad’s finances. For these reasons, never choose someone from an...

How To Establish Social Media Ground Rules During A Divorce

It’s no secret that divorce is difficult on everyone involved in the heartbreaking situation, but taking to social media to air your dirty laundry doesn’t help anyone. In fact, making angry rants about an ex on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media pages can even come back to haunt you in court, and it can hurt children who may read it sooner or later. Reading bad things that your ex says can be even worse. Nip this problem in the bud by establishing social media ground rules with your ex from the start. Talk It Out Talk about the possibility of negative social media posts from the start. Ask for what you want and explain what you are willing to give. For example, if you don’t want your spouse to mention the divorce on social media at all for a certain period of time, explain this and promise that you will also refrain from doing so for the specified period of time. Make a Joint Announcement When you two are ready to publicly announce your divorce on social media, you may decide that writing a joint announcement is the way to go. That way, all your friends can comment on the single post, and there are fewer possibilities for friends who have the inside scoop to leave snarky comments on either side. When people know that both sides are going to see the post, they are more likely to act civil. How you two discuss it will set the tone for how others do. Make Name-Calling Taboo Make a commitment that you won’t publicly call your soon-to-be-ex any names...

Divorcing With Pets? Answers To Your Questions

Splitting up from a spouse can be difficult, even if there aren’t any children involved. This is especially true if you have a pet together. Unlike children, pets are considered property during a divorce so there is no guarantee that you will be able to see your animal family again after a divorce is finalized. The following guide can help you navigate some of the difficult questions when it comes to pets and divorce. What does it mean when courts say that “pets are property?” When it comes to divorce, most states use equitable distribution to split the shared belongings between the two former spouses. This means a monetary value will be placed on the pet and this is the value that will be considered during the split. While this is the letter of the law, some judges do view pets more as family and they may take other factors, such as the quality of each home, into consideration when determining who gets the pet. How can you increase your chances of getting your pet? The simplest way is to prove ownership. If you brought the pet into the marriage, showing proof that you owned the animal before you exchanged vows with your ex can be sufficient to keep your pet. You can also work to prove that you have invested more into the pet over the years. Receipts showing that you paid for most of the animal’s health care, or proof that you were the primary custodian of the pet (walking, feeding, shuttling to vet visits, etc.) can help show that you deserve to get the animal in...

3 Benefits Of Going Through Mediation For Your Child Custody Agreement

Most divorces are difficult to go through, but things are made even worse when there are children involved. Child custody battles have been fought in court for many years. It rarely ends well for both parents, much less the kids. That is why so many divorcing couples are creating their own child custody agreements outside the courtroom. Some draft them on their own, but not every ex-couple gets along well enough to do that. Instead, they turn to mediation to help them get the job done. Here are three benefits of going through mediation for your child custody agreement. 1. The cost can be significantly less than fighting it out in court. One of the biggest benefits to going through mediation for your child custody agreement is the cost is usually much less. While there are many different factors that can impact how much you pay to pursue your child custody case in court, the cost of your attorney is likely to impact it the most. If your attorney charges by the hour, and your case drags out for several days or even weeks, you can imagine how quickly your legal fees will add up. It isn’t unheard of to spend several thousand dollars fighting over child custody in court. When you meet with a mediator, however, the costs can be significantly less because you don’t need to have an attorney with you. Some people still like to have their attorneys present, but it’s really unnecessary since the mediator is there to help both of you come up with the best compromise possible. In most cases, you will likely...

Why You Should Retain A Divorce Lawyer For Your Case

If you are on the verge of divorce or possibly even already started the process, you might want to consider hiring a divorce lawyer for yourself. To help you understand why this would be a better option than representing yourself, you will want to review the following points. Tries To Settle Outside Of Court Do not make the mistake of assuming that all divorce cases have to be hashed out in front of a judge in an overly dramatic scene. It is always best to try to settle all matters regarding your divorce outside of the court room, where both you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can come to an agreement on things so that everything is fair for everyone involved. This might take a little negotiating back and forth, but that is what your divorce lawyer will help you with. Gives You Peace Of Mind Many people experience some anxiety and confusion when it come to matters related to their divorce. It can be a confusing time, especially when you are concerned about how your credit will be affected or about where in the divorce process you are at at the current moment. Any questions that you have about your divorce are always better answered by a legal professional, especially since you need case-specific information for the state that you reside in. After all, the laws governing divorces generally vary from one state to the next. Ensures That You Get Your Name Back If you had changed your last name to match your spouse’s name when you married, you might be interested in changing it back. If this is...

Divorce Done Quickly

If you and your partner have come to terms with ending your marriage and just want the whole thing to be over with quickly, you may be wondering if you can get a “quickie divorce”. Spur-of-the-moment divorces are not available in the United States, for the most part. But you can still get a relatively fast dissolution of marriage, if you are motivated to follow the rules. For more guidance on speeding up the divorce process, read on. Nevada The state of Nevada has always been known as a place for impulsive marriage vows, so it stands to reason that this state presents the fastest divorce process in the continental United States. Non-contested divorces are possible in Nevada in less than a week. But there is a catch. One of you must reside in Nevada for a minimum six week period prior to the filing. You will be pleased to know that “divorce” dude ranches and long-term rental packages are available for the traveler intent on marriage dissolution. Dominican Republic If you are ready to take a longer trip, the Dominican Republic will grant a divorce in as little as 24 hours. You should be aware that some states do not recognize divorces from this county, so a quick check with a family law attorney in your state is recommended before making travel plans. Guam Divorces from Guam, a U.S. territory, are recognized by all states. Divorces in Guam typically take about 30 days, depending on the backlog for court in Guam. The divorce must be uncontested and one party must reside in Guam for at least 7 days...

What Is An Uncontested Divorce?

When couples decide to end their marriage, things can get out of hand. It is easy for people to forget about what is important and not end the relationship on good terms. But if you want a peaceful and inexpensive divorce, then you may want to contact your divorce attorney about an uncontested divorce. Read on to find out more about uncontested divorces. How Does It Work? An uncontested divorce is when you end the marriage without going to court and without any disagreements. This works when couples are able to agree on the major issues. The major issues are custody of children, the division of community and marital property, division of debt and payment of child support. If you can agree on all of these issues, then the next step is filling out the paperwork. A lawyer is really helpful at this stage. He can prepare the documents required for ending your marriage. If you have come to an agreement on marital property, child support, child custody and division of debt, then you are ready to sign the divorce papers. After your spouse signs the papers, you can file them in court. This type of divorce allows for everything to be done on paper. According to Legalzoom, your divorce can be final within four to six weeks of filing documents in court. Waiting Periods Some states require that you wait a certain amount of time before they approve your final decree. It does not matter if you have a settlement agreement with your spouse. The court wants to make sure that you really want to end the marriage. According...

Heading For A Divorce? Mistakes You Should Avoid

During your divorce, it is important that you keep mistakes to a minimum. One misstep could be costly and result in losses for you. Here are some ways in which you can avoid making costly mistakes.  Factor in Inflation One of the biggest mistakes divorced people make is forgetting that prices increase over the years. As a result, expenses that you and your former spouse worked out in the divorce settlement could be far more costly down the road. For instance, the price of child care can be as much as $18,773 a year in some cities. If you fail to consider a possible increase in child care, you could be stuck with paying the difference in care. Whether it is child care, school tuition, or other expenses you and your former spouse will continue to share after the divorce, be sure to factor in inflation. Obtain Insurance for the Divorce Settlement If you are owed future payments for child support, alimony, or other expenses, the death of your former spouse could leave you scrambling to make up the difference from the lost income. To ensure that your expenses are still covered in the event that your former spouse dies, you need to obtain insurance for the settlement. The insurance would help cover the loss of income from your former spouse, which is important if you have future expenses, such as college tuition, that rely on your former spouse’s income. Be Realistic About Your Expenses and Assets You and your former spouse’s assets and expenses are heavily factored into creating an alimony and child support settlement. If you are...

“How Do You Plead?” 3 Tips To Deciding Whether To Accept A Plea Bargain

If you have been accused of a crime, the government has likely offered you a plea bargain. Deciding how to plead in your case can be a difficult, life-altering task. Here are three tips to help you make an informed decision: 1. Know Your Rights When anyone has been accused of a crime, the United States Constitution grants them certain rights to protect them against unfairness and oppressive government. These rights include the right to an attorney if you are unrepresented, a right to a speedy trial before a jury of your peers, a right against self-incrimination, and the right to confront your accusers. Some people may assume that defending a criminal case is an extremely difficult uphill battle. In some instances, this is the case. However, before you plead innocent or guilty, remember that you have a right to an attorney who will represent you in front of a jury. Depending on the facts of your case, it is possible that the government does not have enough evidence to convict you. If you plead guilty before trial, you waive your trial rights and are automatically convicted of the crime for which you have plead.  2. Know What You Are Getting Plea bargains may be good deals depending on your situation. Often times during the plea bargaining process, the prosecutors will offer lesser criminal charges in exchange for a guilty plea. This means that sentences may be lighter than if you are convicted by a jury. Prosecutors can negotiate with defense attorneys concerning the amount of jail time, probation, community service, or other punishments the defendant should go through....

How To Answer Three Common Children’s Questions About Their Adopted Sibling

If you already have biological children, it’s important to discuss the adoption topic with them and ensure their questions are adequately answered to avoid feelings of confusion or resentment. The exact approach you take for your discussion depends on each child’s age and understanding of the issue of adoption. In general, however, you should stress the message that your decision to add to your family will be positive for everyone. Here’s how you can answer three common questions that your children might have about their new sibling. Is He/She A Real Brother/Sister? The website Adoptive Families recommends telling your children that their new adopted sibling is a “real” family member. Obviously, the manner in which you handle this question depends on the age of your children, but having your biological and adopted children view themselves as legitimate siblings can create a feeling of unity. Older biological children won’t likely ask this question; they’ll already know the answer. In this situation, insist that despite the new addition to the family having different parents, you and your spouse or partner truly view the new child as your own and that you don’t expect your biological children acting otherwise. Can You Love Another Child As Much? It’s common for children to ask this question of their parents whether the new addition to the family is adopted or not. Stress to each of your biological children that your decision to expand your family doesn’t mean that you love him or her less. Rather, say that adding a new sibling allows you to love each of your children even more. This concept can be...