Divorce is difficult, no matter what the circumstances are.
Along with divorce comes child custody decisions, dollar amounts for child
support and possibly paternity tests. If there is a great deal of conflict
embedded in the divorce, everything is more complicated. An attorney can
save you money and grief in resolving the divorce.
There must be compromise if both parties of a divorce want
to see it settled and done, and attorneys can sometimes help bring it to a
conclusion. If one parent does not have the priority of doing what's best for
the children, the other parent can get help from an attorney to protect them.
Child custody and visitation are often primary concerns of parents going through a divorce. These also tend to be the most emotionally difficult legal processes in a divorce where minor children are involved. Below, you will find introductory information on child custody and visitation, answers to common questions about visitation, and information on how custody decisions are made. In addition, this section also includes some practical considerations for parenting after a divorce, such as virtual visitation and how to help ease the strain of divorce on children.
Adoptions and Guardianships
Adoption refers to the act by which an adult formally becomes the guardian of a child and incurs the rights and responsibilities of a parent. At the conclusion of the formal process, a legal relationship between child and guardian will have formed. The legal relationship results in the adoptee becoming the legal heir of the adopter and terminates any legal rights then in existence with the natural parents.
A legal guardian is an adult who is chosen by a court or a dependent's will to make decisions on behalf of an individual who cannot make decisions for him or herself, usually a minor but sometimes an adult with special needs. Parents may even establish guardianship over their child’s estate in some instances, particularly when a minor comes into a large amount of money. In fact, an adult relative or family friend, a child-protective agency, or if the child is over a certain age, the infant (child), can petition the court to be appointed as the guardian or standby guardian of a child. The Guardianship Overview section includes articles covering the basics of guardianship, the types of decisions a guardian typically makes, common reasons for the appointment of guardians, the process of establishing guardianship, the difference between testamentary and temporary guardianship, and more.