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Category Archives: Parenting and Adoption

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Child support paid by third party does not equal child neglect; Proposed Judgments prepared by counsel should not be signed verbatim.

Posted in Adoption, Adoption and Guardianship, Legal Proceedings, Parenting and Adoption, Trials
The Constitution protects the fundamental right of a parent to custody of their child even though child’s best interests are the goal of statutes governing adoption.  An action for adoption without parental consent terminates, without a separate action for termination of, parental rights.  Adoption statutes afford relief on clear, cogent, and convincing evidence of abandonment… Continue Reading

Marijuana use not grounds for termination of parental rights

Posted in Child Abuse, Child Custody and Visitation, Family Law, Guardian Ad Litem, Parenting and Adoption, Trials
Recent Case: Marijuana use under the level of chemical dependency not grounds for termination of parental rights Father appeals from the judgment terminating his parental rights. Grounds for termination of parental rights require clear and convincing evidence, so Court of Appeals examines evidence contrary to judgment.  Grounds include abuse or neglect and failure to rectify. … Continue Reading

Who Can Adopt a Child?

Posted in Adoption
Advice for single people, married couples, domestic partners, and lesbians and gay men. As a general rule, any adult who is considered a “fit parent” may adopt a child, but some states have special requirements for adoptive parents. In a few states, adoptive parents must be a certain number of years older than the child.… Continue Reading

Step Parent Adoption

Posted in Adoption
In a stepparent adoption you need to get the consent of the birth parent or have the birth parent’s rights terminated. In most states, a stepparent adoption is much easier to complete than a non-relative adoption. The procedure is generally the same as for other types of adoption, but specific steps are sometimes waived or… Continue Reading

Independent Adoption

Posted in Adoption
The advantages and disadvantages of skipping the agency when you adopt a child. Independent adoptions are attractive to birth parents and prospective adoptive parents because they allow the people involved to keep control over the adoption process. However, there are risks and costs involved in independent adoptions that don’t come with agency adoptions, as well… Continue Reading

Agency Adoptions

Posted in Adoption
The procedures and costs involved when you adopt a child through an agency. Using an agency to manage your adoption can be helpful for a number of reasons. Agencies are experienced in finding children, matching them with parents, and satisfying the necessary legal requirements. Agencies will help adoptive parents with everything from finding a birth… Continue Reading

Adoption Basics

Posted in Adoption
Learn about types of adoption, rules about consent, and how a home study works. Types of Adoption There are quite a few different ways to bring a child into your life, or confirm your legal relationship with one, through adoption. Here?��Ǩ�Ѣs the lowdown on the different ways that adoption can work. Agency Adoptions Agency adoptions… Continue Reading

Choosing a Guardian for Your Children

Posted in Choosing a Guardian for Your Children
If you have children, you should choose a personal guardian — someone to raise them in the unlikely event you can’t. If your children are young, you’ve probably thought about who would raise them if for some reason you and the other parent couldn’t. It’s not an easy thing to consider. But you can make… Continue Reading