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3 serious reasons to consider adoption in Pennsylvania

Many children face adoption each year. They end up in the foster care system, and while many return to their original families, others never will. These children need a new, loving family like your own. You're a single person who wants to raise a child, and that's not something that should deter you. There are many good reasons to move forward with adoption.

Understanding stepparent adoptions in Pennsylvania

The most common adoption is adoption of a stepchild. This allows the stepparent to become a legal parent to his or her spouse's child. Once such an adoption takes place, the non-custodial parent has no responsibilities for or rights to the child. This includes child support.

Can I appeal a divorce judgment?

After a divorce agreement is considered final by the court, that is generally the end of negotiations. However, one or both spouses do have a right to appeal the judge's decision in a trial court to an appeals court. While this is rather unusual because appeals courts don't often overturn a judge's ruling in a divorce case, it is not unheard of.

What can you tell me about parental alienation?

Parental alienation occurs when one child's parent attempts to interfere with the child's relationship with the other parent. It is believed that such alienation attempts can have damaging effects on the child's mental and emotional health. Any behavior that does try to alienate a child from the other parent is also a violation of the child's right to love and be loved by both parents.

Five things to do when divorcing

The prospect of divorce is not something anyone wants to think about but, when a couple is unable to work out their differences, it's an inevitable reality. However, remaining organized and keeping yourself as together as possible is essential during these difficult times. The main reason is that what you decide now will touch your life for many years. With this in mind, here are five things to do when divorcing that will help you stay organized and sane.

First steps to getting your finances in order post-divorce

Divorce can have a significant impact on your finances. Even with experienced legal guidance, the cost of living on your own as opposed to pooling your resources with your spouse for the cost of your home and household expenses requires some recalibration of your finances.

Careful estate planning can prevent battles in blended families

Having an estate plan is important, but keeping it up-to-date throughout significant changes in your life like marriage and divorce is essential. That's particularly important if you have remarried after a divorce or death of a spouse and you have children from your previous marriage.

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