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General Information about Family Law

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Adoption
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Marriage
A. Public Adoption
A. Traditional
B. Private Adoption
B. Common Law
C. Transracial Adoption
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Premarital/Prenuptial Agreement
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Intra-national and International Adoption

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Divorce
E. Single Parent Adoption
A. Grounds and Fault
F. Summary of Adoption Procedures
B. Annulment
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Child Custody and Visitation
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Alimony, Spousal Support and Maintenance
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Child Support
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Division of Property
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Domestic Violence
A. Equitable Distribution
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Conclusion
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Adoption

Adoption is the practice in which an adult assumes the role of parent for a child who is not biologically their own and giving him or her all the rights and privileges of one’s own child. Most laws are designed with the best interests of the child in mind, not the best interests of the adult who intends to adopt. The adoption procedure varies depending on whether the child comes from an agency which handles adoptions or comes from a stranger or relative, along with the age of the child and the adoptive parent or parents.

Public Adoption

In a public adoption children are currently, or will become wards of the state because their parents could not provide adequate care for them, or neglected or abused them. These children are of all ages and some have been in foster homes for a period of time. Parents seeking to adopt a child in the custody of the state may learn more about initial steps and obtain detailed information from the Iowa Department of Human Services or the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services. Many costs of adoption are paid for by the state involved, and depending on the needs of the child involved, an adoption subsidy of money or health insurance may be payable until the child has reached the age of majority.

Private Adoption

Private adoption is a legal method of building a family through adoption without using an adoption agency. The biological parents relinquish their parental rights directly to the adoptive parents. Private adoption also includes stepparent adoption, whereby the parental rights of one biological parent are terminated voluntarily or involuntarily, to allow the stepparent to become the legal parent on a permanent basis. The laws concerning private adoption require strict adherence to avoid risk in the future, and a competent family law attorney can provide the representation necessary to successfully navigate those laws in your interest.

Transracial adoption

A trans-racial adoption places children with an adoptive family of another race. Such adoptions may be through public and private agencies. However, most trans-racial adoptions take place through the public child welfare system.

Intra-national and International adoption

ue to a shortage of healthy infants, potential adoptive parents started adopting children from other countries years ago. International adoption has grown in popularity as more families recognize the need to provide homes for waiting children. International adoption is a wonderful option for people who have been trying unsuccessfully to adopt in the United States . Each country has policies regarding the age, income level and marital status of prospective parents. Once completed in the foreign country it is recommended that an adoption be confirmed by a court in the United States . Contact our office for a referral to obtain additional information.

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