As a divorced parent with physical custody of your minor child, you may encounter situations where you wish to block the visitation of your ex-spouse. It’s important to realize, however, that visitation arrangements are set forth by the courts, and no one but the courts have the ability to change it. Whether you have a legitimate concern about the issue or you simply fail to comply with the visitation orders, you should understand that non-compliance with visitation orders is taken very seriously by the courts. Read More»
Virtually everyone who gets a driver’s license today knows that the use of alcohol and many medications can make driving unsafe and illegal. However, that has not always been true. Given how rarely some states require new driving or written tests to renew a driver’s license, many senior citizens could break the law on a regular basis and never realize it. The increased independence and longer lives that many senior citizens enjoy can lead to some older people driving after consuming medication. Read More»
If you’re starting down the road to a mutually agreed-upon divorce, you may be wondering what options are open to you as an alternative to a litigated divorce that’s fought over in court. Going to court can be an unpleasant experience, and using a divorce mediator may be able to prevent the necessity of appearing in court. But mediation isn’t for everyone. Use these three factors to help you decide if it’s best for your situation. Read More»
If you are currently entertaining the thought of adopting a child, you also need to think about what type of adoption that you would like to have. The type of adoption you choose will determine what type of relationship, if any, you have with your child’s birth parents. The three main types of adoptions are closed adoptions, semi-open adoptions and open adoptions.
In the past, most adoptions were closed. Read More»
In today’s society it is not uncommon to have blended families. In many cases, blended families function the same as a nuclear biological family. Both parents feel a responsibility to all of the children, and many stepparents consider their stepchildren their own. What you may not know is that when you create your estate plan, the state will view your stepchildren very different from your biological children. This is why it is so important that you make extra measures to include your stepchildren in your estate plan if you wish. Read More»