One of the goals of family law is to help provide a sense of stability to couples and their children after they are divorced. This is accomplished by splitting assets fairly and drawing up custody arrangements that reflect the best interests of the children involved. Although this seems like a simple concept, it can be much more difficult to put into practice.
Determining child custody can be one of the most difficult issues for parents to settle when they split up. When parents are locked in a dispute over custody, it's typically the case that they both care about their kids and want to do what's best, but they cannot come to terms with each other.
This year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on multiple family law cases that could have an effect on thousands of people throughout the country. Among those decisions, the court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited access to many federal benefits and tax breaks for same-sex partners. Now, many government organizations are determining how the ruling impacts their operations.
Parents who go through the adoption process are making a serious commitment. After completing background checks and all the paperwork necessary to complete an adoption, it's typically clear that the couple is committed to being attentive and loving parents. Unfortunately, certain legal troubles can complicate the adoption process.