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Grow your family through adoption in Washington

Adoption is a great way to grow your family and provide a child with a loving home. While some couples who wish to adopt are married couples who cannot conceive naturally, in actuality the variety of adoptions in Washington encompasses many different types of individuals and many different types of family dynamics. For example, sometimes a stepparent wants to adopt his or her stepchild. Single people may also wish to adopt a child. Some adoptions involve children born in the United States while other adoptions involve children who were born in different countries. And in certain circumstances, an adult in Washington can be adopted.

What is included in an adoptive home study in Washington?

There are many noble reasons why individuals in Washington want to adopt a child. What is most important, however, is that through adoption children can be part of a loving family. Today we will examine a very important step in the adoption process: the adoptive home study. In Washington, potential adoptive parents need to successfully complete an adoptive home study before they are able to adopt a child. Such a study is used to determine whether the potential parents are well-suited to adopt a child.

Uniform law addresses child custody jurisdiction matters

Most states, including Washington, have adopted a law called the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. This act lays out the standards that courts must follow with regards to whether or not that court has to follow a child custody schedule that was created in a different state.

Social media and divorce do not always mix

Social media plays a major role in today's society. Whether it is through Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, every day couples in Washington turn to their favorite social media platforms to post pictures and share their thoughts. However, not every marriage is meant to last, and when divorce is on the horizon, social media can turn from a useful way to connect to others to a source of consternation.

When can individuals in Washington seek an anti-harassment order?

While some forms of domestic abuse do not necessarily lead to a physical altercation, it is an unfortunate fact that some individuals in Washington are subjected to unlawful harassment. This behavior can negatively affect every aspect of a victim's life, so it is important to understand what constitutes unlawful harassment and what can be done about it.

What happens if a parent with child custody wants to relocate?

When parents in Washington State share a child, one of the most common child custody issues that results in conflict is if the custodial parent seeks agreement modification to relocate. Noncustodial parents who face this issue might resist the decision on the part of the custodial parent. There could be numerous reasons why this is a contentious situation. It is important for those involved to understand how the state deals with this.

The first factor is the laws of the state. The Relocation Act allows parents who wish to relocate to do so. However, the courts can issue an order for the custodial parent not to move with a minor child. This law is only applicable to parents who have an agreement when it comes to parenting and parents who have residential time with the child. A parent who wants to move needs to tell the other parent where he or she is moving to and when the move will take place.

Divorce and the new year go hand-in-hand for some

The new year means a new start for many couples. For some in Washington, this means moving on from an irretrievably broken marriage. In fact, many legal professionals maintain that January is "divorce month;" the month in which they see the most divorce filings. Some even go so far as to pinpoint the week of January 12 to January 16 as a particularly popular time to file for divorce. Why would this be?

Navigating child custody during the holidays with joy

The holidays are for the children, or at least, they should be. Yet, for children of divorce, the holidays can turn from something happy to something stressful. The following are some tips for divorced parents in Vancouver to help their children keep enjoying the spirit of the season despite their parents' separation.

Addressing domestic violence legal issues in Washington

Physical abuse in a relationship should never be tolerated. Even when emotions run high, spouses and children should not be subjected to abuse. Unfortunately, domestic violence is a difficult issue that many individuals in Washington face.

"Gray" divorce rate is on the rise

Some people in Washington stay in unhappy marriages for many years, or even decades. However, these days it seems it is never too late to consider divorce. In fact, "gray" divorces -- those that take place late in a person's life -- are gaining steam across the nation.

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