Grandparents are in a difficult position when their children get divorced. They want to be able to see their grandchildren, but depending on the way that the divorce goes and how custody is arranged, that might be difficult.
There are some people who decide they don't ever want to get married, but they're committed to their partners. While that's completely up to that couple, it can be more complicated if they choose to adopt.
When parents set up a parenting plan, it's normal to see the occasional change needing to be made. A child might get sick, or an event may come up that only happens once a year.
If you want to adopt a child, you may be unnerved by the long time it can take to bring a child into your home. However, there are some ways you can address that concern and reduce the amount of time it takes to adopt.
When you aren't married, it can make obtaining custody much harder if you are the father of a child. Why? It's because the mother is the only guaranteed parent.
The moment you decide to divorce is the moment you should turn your attention to the property division process. While you know you won't get to keep every asset, you should fight for what's yours.
If you are getting divorced, chances are you have already been through your fair share of yelling, fighting and exchanges of nasty, hurtful words with your ex. However, when the time comes to actually end your marriage, you might feel like you have no voice in the process.
The state of New York has specific laws related to drafting prenuptial agreements. In particular, the Domestic Relations Law requires that soon-to-be spouses go before an authorized person, usually a notary, and acknowledge the terms of the prenup. That acknowledgement must be oral and written for the agreement to be valid. Also, a New York statute requires that the notary confirm the identities of the parties involved.
Child custody decisions involving the question of fathers' rights are some of the most controversial to make headlines, given that family law courts have in most cases sided with the mother. But the child custody dispute recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court is especially complicated because it involves an adoptive family, a mother who approved the adoption and a Cherokee Indian father who wants to use the Indian Child Welfare Act to assert his parental rights.
Immigrants throughout New York have to confront child custody issues relating to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. What usually happens is that one parent will take a child either out of or into the United States, and the parent who is left behind will petition to have the kids returned to their "habitual" residence. Like other child custody disputes, these cases are not simple and require legal guidance to achieve the best outcome.