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What Birth Mothers Say About Putting A Baby Up For Adoption

Pregnant mothers considering placing their child for adoption have a difficult decision ahead of them. One thing that can prove beneficial in the decision-making process is the candid voices of other women who have made the choice to place a child for adoption.

3 scenarios in which hiring an adoption lawyer is beneficial

You and your spouse have made the life-changing decision to adopt a child. It’s an emotional time—filled with excitement and love. You may delve into the process filled with anticipation.

But then you start googling. The more you research the actual process involved, the more you realize it’s far more complicated than you ever expected. You feel your enthusiasm dissipate as you sink deeper into the internet rabbit hole—attempting to make sense of all the paperwork, processes and expenses involved.

Adoption Fraud Is A Real Threat

Adoption is a complex process, in which adoptive parents may be willing to spend substantial amounts of money to find a child to adopt. Unfortunately, this sets the stage for unscrupulous individuals to take advantage of both adoptive parents and birth mothers for their own financial benefit. Anyone considering adoption must be mindful of potential fraud and should work with only reputable adoption professionals.

What are the requirements of a home study?

A home study is required in almost all adoption cases. It is one of the first steps in the adoption process—a prerequisite to identifying a prospective adoptee. This process gives adoption entities an inside look into your suitability as a parent and the child-safe environment of your home.

The results of your home study will be valid for one year—from the date of completion. You will receive a copy of your home study results.

Spotlight on adoption by nontraditional families

Who is best qualified to adopt a child?

Given the progressively evolving nature of the American family, there is certainly no uniform answer to that question. Families in Florida and nationally are wonderfully diverse. Capable parents are equally on display from every demographic.

Getting new financial professionals during divorce

Part of making a clean break with a spouse in a divorce may involve working with different financial professionals. This could be particularly daunting for the person who was the dependent spouse, but these professionals should help the person prepare for life after divorce. An attorney might be one source of recommendations.

First, a divorcing spouse might want a new financial adviser. The financial adviser can help them plan financially for after the divorce, looking at questions such as whether the person can afford to keep the house in the divorce. A financial adviser may also help a person stay on track for retirement and ensure that all necessary changes are made to end financial ties with the ex-spouse.

Should Birth Mothers Find Adoptive Parents Through Social Media?

For birth mothers, finding the right adoptive parents is crucial. In the past, this typically involved working through an adoption agency or private attorney. Now there are more options available, and one of them is using the internet, or social media such as Facebook.

Joint custody a popular option for divorcing parents

When parents in Florida think about divorce, one of the most significant issues they may face is how the separation will affect their relationship with their children. Some parents may fear losing almost all of their time with their children. After all, in the past, many child psychologists and experts believed that children should remain in their mothers' sole custody in the infant and toddler years and even that overnight visits with their fathers could be harmful. However, over the decades, this approach has changed radically; now, shared custody is a preferred option nationwide.

Shared parenting or joint child custody most commonly involves 50/50 shared time with the children. In most cases, children go back and forth between their parents' homes on a weekly basis and fully live at home in both residences. In many cases, joint custody works best for very small children as school plans may make the weekly switch less convenient for older teens. While shared parenting time may not work best for all families, joint custody is highly beneficial so long as there is no abuse or neglect present in the home.

Dividing assets in divorce, including the family home

The family home can be one of the more challenging items to handle as part of a divorce settlement in Florida. Unlike traditional financial assets like a retirement fund or bank account, it cannot be easily divided into two parts. Furthermore, people may have strong sentimental ties to the home even as it represents one of the largest single assets belonging to the divorcing couple.

Despite the difficulties involved, many people handle this matter by selling the family home. The proceeds can be used to pay off any remaining mortgage while the rest of the funds can be divided in the divorce settlement. When one spouse intends to keep the home, however, there are a few key decisions that both parties should consider as part of the process. In most cases, the remaining spouse will need to buy out the equity share of the other spouse in the property. This requires a significant amount of funds that may exceed the other assets involved in the divorce.

Is Divorce Mediation Required?

When beginning the divorce process, people often worry about going to trial. They may picture themselves in a courtroom, in front of a judge, fighting to achieve a fair outcome. In reality, the majority of divorces are resolved without the need for trial. In fact, Florida requires that divorcing couples attempt to resolve the matter through mediation first. This is a step that cannot be skipped, and often this is for the best, as even the worst decisions that a divorcing couple can make together may be preferable to what a judge may order.

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