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How Can a Stepparent Adopt a Child?

How Can a Stepparent Adopt a Child?

Are you considering adopting your stepchild? Adoption, even of a stepchild, is a big step that shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, by adopting your stepchild, you’re assuming legal responsibility for him or her. Adoption of the child means that you are terminating the rights of the biological parent and ending his or her obligation to pay child support. It

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Do I Have the Right to Know Where My Child Is During Visitation?

Do I Have the Right to Know Where My Child Is During Visitation?

Yes, you do, but within reason. If your child’s other parent keeps moving from one place to another and hasn’t provided you with an updated address. Or, if he or she has started taking your child to a significant other’s home for overnight stays and hasn’t told you where that person lives, you are entitled to know, and you should

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What Is Child Support?

What Is Child Support?

If you and your partner recently separated and you share one or more children, you may be wondering about child support. Under Florida law, both parents are obligated to provide support for their minor children, regardless of whether they were married or not. Child support is intended to pay for the children’s necessities, such as housing, water, electricity, food, and

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How Does Divorce Affect Children?

How Does Divorce Affect Children?

Divorce is incredibly difficult to begin with, and it presents an entirely new set of challenges if the couple shares any children. Divorce can cause a number of unpleasant emotions in children, including: Anxiety Confusion Fear Sadness Frustration Anger Resentment In some instances, children with divorced parents struggle academically and develop behavioral problems. What You Can Do to Help Your

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What Is a Prenuptial Agreement?

What Is a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement (also referred to as a “premarital agreement”) is a contract that a couple signs before getting married. The contract lays out how assets and debts will be divided in the event of a divorce or death. It can also specify how alimony will be handled during a divorce. If there isn’t a prenuptial agreement in place, these

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Child Custody When Parents Live in Different States

Child Custody When Parents Live in Different States

Navigating child custody issues when you and the other parent live in different states can often be confusing and frustrating. One of the first questions that usually comes up is where to file for custody. Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), the child’s home state—which is generally where the child has lived for the previous six

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