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Can mediation reduce your divorce stress?

As difficult as it was to make the decision to end your marriage, you may have even more difficult decisions ahead. Whether your marriage ended traumatically with a single betrayal or gradually frayed into mutual unhappiness, going through the process of divorce can be difficult, affecting every aspect of your life.

You may be hoping to keep your relationship with your ex as amicable as possible, especially if you have children, or you may simply wish to protect yourself from the negativity and animosity of a litigated divorce. Fortunately, divorcing couples have more peaceful options these days, including mediation. If you hope to use mediation for your divorce, you would be wise to begin by learning as much as possible about the process and what to expect.

Financially Preparing for Adoption

Adopting a child is a highly personal process for prospective parents. With that emotional element also comes complex legal steps that require patience. Once the day comes when a family is united, reality takes over, particularly when it comes to finances.

While parents prepare emotionally for a dramatic change in their lifestyles, financial considerations over the short and long-term require an equal amount of attention.

An Adoptive Parent's Right to FMLA

Since its enactment in 1993, The Family Medical Leave Act has evolved. Taking time off following the addition to a family is encouraged instead of derided. Adoptive parents are also afforded the benefit.  Many employers have stepped up to pay them during the all-important sabbatical.

Vared Yakovee started her position as a vice president and associate general counsel for the NBA’s Miami Heat in March of 2015. In the first four years of her employment, she received positive performance reviews. Her 2018 evaluation in January 2019 saw her superiors recognize the attorney with the highest ranking possible.

Is Paid Family Leave in the Future for Adoptive Parents?

While adoption once carried a stigma, attitudes have changed over time. Today, the distinction between birth parents and adoptive parents is negligible, if it even exists at all. Whether mothers and fathers are coming home after a judge’s decree or birth, the initial months together helps to establish a lifelong family bond.

Two bills before both houses would mandate employers throughout the state to provide paid leave for three months to employees who have just added a child to their family through birth or adoption.

Dividing assets in a divorce

Some movies joke about couples breaking up and dividing their belongings with a chainsaw. You understand that your divorce is not a joke and that splitting your property with your spouse will be one of the most painful and difficult things you may have to do. Property division also plays an important role in how well you will adjust to your new life after the divorce. If you obtain a fair settlement or court order, you may have a better chance of transitioning smoothly into the future.

First, however, it is important to understand how Florida law handles asset division between divorcing spouses. As simplistic as it may sound to divide everything equally, it may not always work out that way.

An International Event Impacting Adoptions

The process surrounding adopting a child involves lengthy and complex paperwork with mandatory home studies and page after page of documents to complete. Prospective parents already enduring a prolonged process do their best to patiently wait for that longtime light at the end of a tunnel.

They also understand that obstacles will arise at various steps that may create frustrating delays. For those adopting children from China, they could never have prepared themselves for a recent crisis garnering banner headlines.

Florida's Fight For Forever Families

Prior to the state senate’s holiday break last month, Wilton Simpson, then-Senate President-designate from Trilby, filed what he considers his “centerpiece legislation.” For adoptive parents seeking a less complicated process, it was welcome news, if not an early Christmas present.

A Commitment to Protecting Vulnerable Children

Conflict between adoptive parents and birth parents is possible

Adopting a child is an invaluable option for individuals who want to be parents. You may have been overjoyed when you received your adoption approval, and your heart was undoubtedly already full of love for your child. Of course, you may have had some concerns about what role, if any, the biological parents would play in your child's life.

These days, the majority of adoptions are open adoptions, meaning that the child and his or her biological parents can still remain in contact. You went this route as you thought it best for your child and, possibly, the biological parents as well.

Your marriage counselor may know how it will end

If you and your spouse are heading to marriage counseling, it is likely because your marriage is in trouble. You may have a clear issue to tackle, or you may simply be having difficulty communicating. Marriage counseling can often open doors that give new life to struggling marriages, but this is not always the case.

In some situations, marriage counseling is the final step before divorce. You may not realize or care to admit to yourself that certain signs indicate the marriage is over and that counseling is not the answer. However, your counselor likely has seen enough troubled marriages to recognize if yours is one that is at risk of ending in divorce.

How to bond with your adopted child

When you start down the path toward adoption, your goal is to welcome a child into your lives. If all goes according to plan, you, your spouse and your new child will become a healthy, loving family.

However, there are steps you must take before you get from point A to point B. No matter how lofty your goals, you may feel a measure of disconnect when you first adopt, especially if you have already had one or more biological children. Pregnancy and birth wire mothers to love their babies. Adoptive parents may need to develop their emotional bonds more intentionally.

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