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Divorced parents face new challenges in back to school season

Keeping up with children is hard. With kids now returning to school, knowing what supplies to buy and what fashion statements to avoid is a challenge for every parent. When a family has divorced, there are extra challenges looming. Co-parents need to agree on budget, timing, schedules and more.

Back to school can be difficult for children after a divorce

A divorce is hard on everyone involved. Even in the most problematic relationships where two spouses cannot wait to be legally divorced, the legal process adds unique stress. While adults and children both suffer, adults have a better grip on the situation and tend to cope better in the aftermath.

North Carolina parental rights for children born out of wedlock

When a married couple has a child together, the parental rights are pretty cut and dried. But what happens when an unmarried couple has a child? The laws for such a circumstance vary from state to state.

Is a parenting coordinator a good option for my divorce?

No one hopes for a divorce. If you’re facing this reality, you’re probably not happy about it. Even if your rational mind realizes it’s best for you and your partner to be apart, you may still be grieving the end of a meaningful relationship. And if the marriage ended badly, you may have animus towards your partner or the desire to seek revenge.

What can House Bill 505 mean for grandparents’ visitation rights?

Under North Carolina law, a grandparent’s ability to visit their grandchildren is typically at the discretion of the parents. If a parent denies grandparent visitation, a grandparent can only gain visitation rights by filing a parallel motion to get child custody—and proving that the parents are to unsuitable fulfill their parental duties. However, if the parents are deemed fit but refuse—for whatever reason—to allow the grandparents to have a relationship with their grandchildren, the grandparents have no legal recourse.

Can a grandparent take custody of a grandchild in North Carolina?

In the state of North Carolina, the court has an interest in allowing parents to maintain custody of their children whenever possible. However, if parents are unable—or unwilling—to provide a safe, nurturing environment for a child, the court may consider other options.

Discrimination suit: refugee adoption by same-sex couple banned

Fatma Marouf is a law professor in Texas, specializing in immigration and refugee law. She travels around the country, giving lectures and engaging in other activities to support refugee rights. It was through this work that Marouf became aware of an unadvertised refugee issue: that there were many unaccompanied refugee children in the U.S. who were in need of homes.

What is the process of adopting my stepchild in North Carolina?

Last year was a pivotal time in your life. You met a wonderful woman, and you couldn’t imagine spending the rest of your life without her. Then you met her beautiful daughter, and you thought the same thing. You got married, and the three of you became a family—at least emotionally, if not legally.

Can my military status hurt my chances for child custody?

Being in the military can lead to a somewhat unpredictable lifestyle. You might be deployed overseas at the drop of a hat, or you could be restationed to another state. When you add divorce--and child custody--into the mix, things get a bit more complicated.

A key final step in any international adoption

After spending months preparing yourself and your home for a new child, and spending thousands of dollars in adoption fees, you’ve just returned from China with your new baby daughter, ready to begin your life as a family. Congratulations! But before you get too settled in, there’s one more important step you should consider taking to avoid trouble and heartache further down the line: international re-adoption.

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