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Helping toddlers cope with adoption issues

California parents who welcome children into their family through adoption often encounter numerous challenges along the way. When the children in question are toddlers who have come from troubled environments, it can be quite challenging to overcome adoption issues. During the first weeks or months of living together as a family, there are several ways to help keep stress levels low.  

A child who is beyond infancy has already begun to experience a variety of personal emotions in reaction to his or her surroundings and life experiences. However, toddlers do not always have the ability to express their emotions or to fully understand why they feel the way they do. An adoptive parent can provide loving support by letting an adopted son or daughter know he or she can always come to the parent for a hug, some play time or just to sit quietly together.  

Understanding no-fault, uncontested and contested divorce

Many spouses in California will end their marriages in court before the year comes to an end. Some people mistakenly believe that if a divorce is listed as no-fault, it means it is not a contested divorce. This is not the case, although a no-fault divorce can also be an uncontested divorce; however, it can also be contested. This is why it is so important for anyone considering filing for divorce or having recently received papers to seek clarification of legal terminology before heading to court.  

No-fault divorce is allowed in this state, which generally means that a married person is entitled to divorce without having to prove that the other spouse did something wrong. If the spouse receiving the divorce papers refuses to sign them, the divorce is then considered contested. Spouses often contest divorces when they disagree on certain issues, perhaps pertaining to financial matters, child custody or property division.  

When an uncontested divorce becomes a contested divorce

The California family justice system provides means for people in various types of situations to seek fair and agreeable outcomes to divorce, as well as to help adoptive parents finalize domestic or international adoptions. As circumstances change throughout proceedings, it sometimes necessitates filing or refiling different kinds of petitions, such as in an uncontested or contested divorce. Some people may go through more than one process before achieving their ultimate goals.  

An example of this can be seen in the current situation between Donald Trump, Jr. and his former wife, Vanessa Trump. She filed for divorce from her husband after 12 years of marriage. They also happen to be the parents of five children together.  

Don’t turn your prenuptial agreement discussion into a battle

Some couples that are preparing for marriage are more than willing to discuss the pros and cons of a prenuptial agreement. On the flipside, there will always be people who are concerned about entering this type of agreement, as they think it puts them on the wrong path before they ever tie the knot.

If you're all for a prenuptial agreement but your partner is resisting, you must be careful of what you do next. With the right approach, you can discuss the details of a prenuptial agreement in a friendly manner that benefits both individuals.

Adoption issues that may affect families in California

Many California parents have chosen to expand their family size by welcoming non-biological children into their homes. In fact, many children would never have forever families without the adoption process. Adoptive parents may want to consider several critical issues as one or more of them may affect their families at some point.  

Parents can tap into local support resources if a problem arises. With a strong support system in place, they can be hopeful that they and their children will grow together as a family, building memories and sharing day-to-day life. One of the main differences between families made up of only biological children and those with adopted kids is that the latter do not share DNA. While this, of course, doesn't keep parents from loving their children, it may cause certain issues to arise at times, especially when it comes to physical health and medical histories.

Divorcing in California? Be aware of property division laws

There are many features that make California unique as one of 50 states in the nation. Thousands of people migrate to the West Coast to live, work or vacation, whether to enjoy the temperate climate, take up surfing as a hobby or pursue their dreams of becoming Hollywood stars. California is unique in another way as well, one that some people may be unaware of: It is one of nine states that continues to operate under community property division laws in divorce.  

Most states use equitable division rules for divorce, meaning the court determines a fair distribution of all marital assets, not necessarily meaning a 50/50 split. With community property laws, however, all marital property is divided equally between both spouses. If a prenuptial agreement exists, it may impact the property division process.  

Hidden assets can impede fair property division process

Deciding to divorce is an intensely personal choice that often has long-lasting emotional and financial repercussions. Most California spouses understand that it's not something to enter into lightly. Once the decision is made, however, other issues become priority, such as those relating to child custody or property division.  

Regarding the latter, serious complications can arise if a spouse tries to hide assets to keep them from being subject to division. This is not only mean-spirited (and often an act of revenge) but also illegal. Anyone who suspects that his or her soon-to-be former spouse is trying to keep him or her from what is rightfully owned will want to gather as much evidence as possible to substantiate his or her allegations.  

Think about these adoption issues before expanding family size

Welcoming a non-biological child into one's family can be an exciting, rewarding experience. Some California families consist of biological and adopted children, while others are solely one or the other. It's true that adopting a child is a solemn matter that should never be entered into lightly. In fact, there are several adoption issues wise parents will want to think about before beginning the adoption process.

There are typically home interviews conducted to determine whether adoption is a good fit for a particular family. It's also critical that prospective adoptive parents conduct a bit of self-analysis as well. This will facilitate the discernment process to help parent determine if they have considered their own motives and whether their household is emotionally, physically and financially ready to adopt a child.

Overcoming problems regarding contested divorce in California

Choosing to end a marriage in court is a solemn decision many California residents make. When spouses do not agree about a particular matter related to their marital break-up and are unable to negotiate a solution, they must ask the court to adjudicate divorce; this is known as contested divorce. Rules for this process vary by state, so you'll want to seek clarification of this state's laws before proceeding.  

One spouse is typically required to file for divorce when spouses are not in agreement; this is the means by which spouses reserve a trial date in court. The other spouse then becomes the respondent and must fill out necessary forms within a certain amount of time. If you have questions as a respondent or as the spouse filing for contested divorce, you may seek experienced guidance to obtain answers.  

Property division rules that may impact a California divorce

When a person files for divorce in California, he or she is subject to all state laws and regulations that govern such matters. While each set of circumstances may be unique, there are certain rules that must be followed by everyone who petitions the court for divorce. This state is among the nation's minority when it comes to property division laws.  

Some people mistakenly believe that a spouse who earns a majority of a household's income will walk away from a divorce in possession of a majority of assets acquired during marriage. This is not necessarily true because an individual's income level (even if a particular spouse did not earn income at all) is not relevant to marital property division. In California and eight other states, the law requires that all marital property be divided 50/50 between divorcing spouses.  

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