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Statistics to consider when thinking about adoption

If you're someone looking to adopt a child, one of the best ways to do so is to start as a foster parent. Foster parents get to know children and provide them with safe homes. Some foster children go on to be available for adoption, while others return to their families.

Opioid epidemic leads to increased need for foster parents

If you're looking to adopt, now may be a good time to consider your options. The opioid epidemic has placed many people into hospitals and resulted in many overdoses. As a result, children are entering foster care at high rates. Particularly in places such as the Ohio Valley and West Virginia, children are going into foster care at unexpected levels. For instance, in West Virginia, 1,000 more children entered foster care than expected.

Parental alienation has 2 sides and can result in a struggle

Parental alienation syndrome is a serious problem in some child custody cases. Parental alienation is a situation where one parent believes that the other has turned his or her children against him or her as a result of the custodial parent's indoctrination and manipulation. Parents who believe their children are becoming alienated from them may accuse the other of telling their children lies or taking actions to make the child reject the noncustodial parent.

Tri-parenting is becoming the new normal in more court rulings

Children don't always have only two parents. Some in divorced families have two sets of mothers and two sets of fathers. Even though only two people are biologically related to a child, that doesn't mean a third person isn't as involved or doesn't deserve the same legal rights as the biological parents.

What happens when unmarried couples live together and separate?

When unmarried people live together, they begin to collect assets together, much like married couples. In most cases, these individuals aren't protected by marital laws, so there is no requirement that they split assets upon moving out or breaking up. Fortunately, these individuals can opt to create a property agreement that indicates who owns what in the case of a separation.

Choosing adoption: What you should know

Adoption can help a child find the home he or she has been longing for. It can help you complete your family and enjoy the benefits of parenthood. There are several different things you should know about adoption. The way you adopt, for instance, can make a difference. Agency adoptions and non-agency adoptions are the only two types allowed by law.

Child support report to be reviewed in 2017

If you pay child support or receive it, then you may be interested to know that there is a panel that reviews it and suggests changes regulations and guidelines as necessary. This panel makes decisions that could affect your support obligations or how much you'll receive; if there are changes made, your attorney may be able to help you navigate the differences so that you better understand how the changes will affect your family.

Can parents be held accountable for a child's actions?

When your child does something wrong, your child should be made to understand why the action was wrong and potentially be punished for it. At a certain age, children should know the difference between right and wrong. If they do something wrong, then parents can be held liable for their actions, even though they didn't participate in a crime themselves.

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