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December 2017 Archives

Struggling couples may benefit from legal separation

Every marriage features its own special configuration of strengths and weaknesses, and not all couples who face serious struggles may actually need a divorce. However, some couples who may not need to divorce may still benefit from some legal guidance to help them re-assess the basis of their relationship and the way the marriage functions. Other couples may find that divorce is the best fit for them, but they simply need time to prepare carefully without remaining in each other's space creating conflict.

Missed your visa deadline? What happens now?

Living in the United States on a temporary visa has likely provided you with many positive opportunities. You may have come here to work or study with the understanding that your stay in the U.S. would eventually come to an end. However, when the deadline approached for your visa to expire, for whatever reason, you did not return to your native country. Now your status in the U.S. is "unlawfully present."

Understanding open and closed adoptions

If you hope to adopt a child, you will eventually need to decide which style of adoption you wish to use as you grow your family. In general, parents may use either an open adoption, which allows parents greater flexibility to keep a birth family accessible to an adopted child, or a closed adoption, which provides greater privacy to families who do not wish to keep those lines of relationship open.

Need protection from your spouse’s debt in divorce?

Divorce is often much more complicated than couples realize, especially in comparison to the relatively sparse process a couple must go through to get married. While two people can get married with a few simple forms properly filed, divorce is not remotely as simple, even in a best case scenario.

Are you considering adopting a stepchild?

These days, families take many shapes and sizes, and often families may form in surprising ways. One form of family becoming increasingly common is adoption of a child by a stepparent. Regardless of what leads a stepparent to pursue legal adoption, the good news is that stepparent adoption is generally simpler and more straightforward than other types of adoption.

Beware hidden assets in divorce

As soon as one spouse in a couple suspects that divorce is on the table, he or she may attempt to keep an unfair portion of the couple's marital assets by hiding some assets. Not only is this unwise and unethical, it is actually illegal. Although spouses who hide assets from one another rarely see jail time for these offenses, it may seriously affect the perspective of the judge who hears such a divorce case.

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