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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.

Who gets the dog in a divorce?

You remember it like it was yesterday. Maybe you and your spouse answered an ad, maybe you visited the dog pound together. Or maybe your spouse just surprised you. Perhaps it was a new puppy, or an old rescue. Either way, it was a new experience for you all. And it was one you’ll never forget.

While your bond with your dog grew stronger, you and your spouse seemed to drift apart. Now you’re considering a divorce. This can be one of the most trying situations in a person’s life—even more so, when the question of pet custody is involved.

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.

LGBTQ Adoption: What is second-parent adoption?

Even though LGBTQ couples can legally marry nationwide, there are still complications when it comes to building a family. One phrase that often comes up is “second-parent adoption,” which generally refers to a spouse or partner adopting their partner’s biological child. However, many wonder whether it is necessary for their situation. Today, we cover second-parent adoption as it applies to LGBTQ couples.

New legislation could help adoptees gain citizenship

Numerous families across the United States adopt children, with many turning to international adoption. Though, international adoptions often have much at stake, both throughout the adoption process and once the children arrive in America. If you chose to add to your family through international adoption, you probably cannot fathom how you might feel if your child had to return to their place of birth. And for adoptees raised in America, the thought of returning to a country you never knew is likely terrifying.

Due to neglected paperwork, tens of thousands of international adoptees currently face deportation. Countless families throughout the U.S. must take extraordinary steps to keep their families together. But while this is a challenging time, there is new legislation that could help international adoptees earn automatic citizenship.

3 things to remember when adopting an infant

When many people think of adoption, they imagine adoptive parents taking home a newborn baby. Many looking to adopt seek out this type of arrangement so that they can bond with their child as early as possible. However, there are important considerations in infant adoption that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Navigating the Florida stepparent adoption process

A stepparent often takes on a pivotal role in a child’s life. Whether the child has a relationship with both birth parents or one is out of the picture, their stepparent can offer love and support that goes above and beyond. At a certain point, a stepparent might be ready to adopt their partner’s child.

The stepparent adoption process is relatively straightforward, and often moves faster than other types of adoption. However, there are a few essential steps to follow.

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