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Is it worth it to fight a divorce?

You've worked long and hard on your marriage issues, and maybe you feel like you and your spouse are finally making headway on some of your problems. You may feel like the future could be better, or you may not even be aware of any major problems at all, which is why your spouse's request for a divorce can blindside you. At this point, what can you do to stop this from happening? 

It can be complicated to walk through a divorce, but it can be especially complicated when one spouse wants a divorce and the other doesn't. If you do not think your marriage is over, or you are adamant that a divorce is not the right step, is there anything you can do? Sadly, there isn't much you can do to stop this process from moving forward, but there are things you can do to protect your future.

What should you include in an open adoption agreement?

Placing a child up for adoption is no small decision. A birth mother might recognize that it is in the child's best interests, but they might not be willing to sever all ties with their child or the adoptive parents.

Nowadays, more than half of the adoptions in the U.S. are open adoptions. Open adoptions allow birth mothers or both birth parents to maintain some level of involvement in their child's life—even after the adoption. However, these situations can become complex. It is essential to create a detailed open adoption agreement to protect the child's best interests.

Adopted Children Revisiting Their Pasts

For adopted children, the desire to know about their past is a common, if not inherent trait. Yet, laws prevented many from finding out about their origins and medical histories. Confidentiality prevented them from getting the answers they wanted and needed.

In 1935, then New York Gov. Herbert Lehman – an adoptive father – signed a law permanently sealing adoptees’ birth certificates. The decision came during a time when a child born out of wedlock or parents’ unable to provide care carried a stigma.

Dogs and divorce: How kids can benefit

Divorce can have a profound effect on a child. The sense of displacement, the lack of order and routine, the disruption of family structure. These things can leave a kid feeling isolated and powerless, depressed and anxious. The psychological effects on children following their parents’ divorce lifetime.

Other problems children of divorce might encounter include a greater risk of mental health issues, behavioral problems and academic difficulties. But there are ways to soften these painful, and sometimes long-lasting, problems. Here are a few of them:

Are you part of the 'gray divorce' trend?

Like many couples, you and your spouse may have expected to raise your family, grow old together, and spend your retirement years enjoying yourselves. Perhaps you planned to travel, downsize or spend time spoiling your grandchildren. As each milestone and anniversary passed, that goal drew closer. Certainly you had your rough patches, times when you seemed to be on different wavelengths, but you never anticipated divorce.

While overall divorce rates continue to drop, the rate of gray divorces, breakups of couples older than 50, seems to be on the rise. If you are in that situation now, facing a divorce so close to retirement, you may have many questions and concerns about your future.

3 common issues in same-sex divorce

When the United States Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as legal in 2015, this may have meant the law finally recognized your love and relationship.

Legally marrying your best friend, partner, the one who makes you happy was probably an important milestone. One you never imagined would end in divorce. While divorce is a difficult situation for everyone, you may face additional challenges in the dissolution of your same-sex marriage.

As a pregnant teen, should you consider adoption?

Many young women dream of having children one day. Though, most often, they believe that will (or should) happen when they’re ready. However, life doesn’t always go according to plan. You could get pregnant before you have the financial, emotional or physical capacity to raise a child.  

Adoption is one way you might be able to provide a loving home for your unborn child. Deciding to bring your pregnancy to term in order to grant custody of your child to someone else is a life-altering decision. However, there are some questions you might ask yourself as you determine what choice to make. 

How to tell your child that they were adopted

Adoption is a beautiful decision—bringing love and joy to parents and children alike. Nonetheless, adoption comes with some unique challenges. One of these challenges is figuring out how and when to have the adoption conversation with your child.

You love your adopted child as much as if they were your biological child. You may be worried about discussing their adoption with them, because you worry it may cause distance between you. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Being open about this subject from the beginning will benefit your child’s development.

Adoption Policy Changes and the Impact on Adoptive Parents

Towards the end of 2018, the U.S. State Department changed its “soft referral” policies related to international adoptions. Prospective parents no longer could have access to information or pictures of specific children. Home studies and children becoming officially available for adoption became the priority.

The new direction flies in the face of the single motivation parents have to take on the time-commitment, bureaucratic complexities, and financial commitment that come with the international adoption process. The images and stories are what helps prospective moms and dads make that all-important decision both for them and the child they want to call their own.

Behind a Common Playground Insult

A common playground pejorative, not to mention a popular sibling slur is, “You’re adopted.”

While a seemingly tongue-in-cheek putdown, the verbal jab, when weaponized, can have harmful effects. Ironically, the most common targets are siblings who share the same biological parents.

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