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Child custody can be an extremely contentious issue for families. Everyone wants what is best for the children, but there are often disagreements about what that is.
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If you have been accused of a crime at either the state or federal level you need a skilled attorney immediately.
If you are adopting a child you need an attorney. Adoption is a legal process that varies from state to state a great deal.
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Nobody wants to think about the end of his or her life, but planning for this eventuality is one of the best things you can do for your loved ones.
Probate is the legal process required to settle an estate after a person has passed. It can come at a difficult emotional time and make a situation that is already challenging even more so.
Setting up and operating a business can be a complicated process. Though many of the legal requirements needed in business can be handled by the business owner and other people within the company, doing so tends to create more problems than it solves.
1. Does my adoption have to be handled by an adoption court?
Yes. All domestic adoptions must be approved by an adoption court, no matter if you are working with an adoption agency or on your own.The process involves filing a petition with the court and going through an adoption hearing after a certain period of time. Often, the final court decree approving the adoption is a special event celebrated by adopting families. Requirements regarding international adoptions tend to differ from domestic adoption laws.
2. Are there any requirements regarding what my adoption petition should say?
Yes, you must include certain information on the adoption petition you submit to the court. Typically this includes the name and address of the petitioner, the name, age, and gender of the child, and the city and state in which he or she was born. Information about biological parents is also included if it is known. Adoption petition requirements vary from state to state, but all of them require certain basic information about the parties involved in the adoption.
3. What are the legal requirements for international adoption?
Legal requirements for international adoption are different depending on the country from which the child is being adopted. Most of the requirements needed for a domestic adoption are included in an international adoption. For instance, internationally adopting families will need to go through a home study which includes visits to their homes and extensive interviews with all of their family members. Additionally, foreign countries might have restrictions on who can adopt from their country and they might require adopting families to live in-country for a certain period of time.
4. What are the different types of adoption?
There are several different types of adoption, including:
Domestic closed adoption: occurs when a child is adopted within the same country and information about the child’s biological parent or parents is not shared with the adopting family.
Domestic open adoption: occurs when a child is adopted within the same country and information about the child’s biological parent or parents is known.
International adoption: occurs when someone adopts a child from a foreign country.
Foster care adoption: occurs when someone adopts a child through the state-run foster care system.
Step-child adoption: occurs when a step-parent adopts a child that is not biologically his or her own.
5. Can parents reclaim an adopted child?
Not if the adoption has been finalized. Some states have a period of time in which the biological mother and father can change their minds about the adoption. This is typically no more than a few days after the child is born or is placed. When a child is part of the foster care system, his or her biological parents must meet certain requirements to reclaim their child, but if their child becomes eligible for adoption they have lost the opportunity to reclaim their child.
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