If you owe child support and you are unable to pay it, you may believe that everything is fine as long as you don't hear otherwise. You may feel that if you don't "rock the boat", you'll catch up later "when things are better". Times are difficult financially. But when it comes to owing child support, it is a mistake to subscribe to the "no news is good news" theory. People who are … [Read more...] about Why Ignoring Child Support Obligations Doesn’t Work
When a child's biological parent is out of the picture for years and a stepparent (or another adult) is the child's "true parent", adoption may be considered. However, adopting a child does require filing a suit in family court and having one of the following results: (in a case for agreed termination and adoption) the legal consent of the biological parent whose rights are being … [Read more...] about Risks and Benefits of Initiating a Stepparent Adoption When the Biological Parent is Absent
A bipartisan effort to boost foreign adoption is in Congress. The bill is titled the "Children in Families First Act" and different versions of the bill are now in the House and Senate! Foreign adoptions are governed by many different areas of law---- international law, the laws of the two or more countries that are involved in a specific adoption, state law and immigration law. International … [Read more...] about Bill Supporting Foreign Adoption in Congress
According to Time Magazine Lists, the following are the "10 Most Commonly Broken New Year's Resolutions" Lose weight and get fit Quit Smoking Learn something new Eat healthier and diet Get out of debt and save money Spend more time with family Travel to new places Be less stressed Volunteer Drink Less What are your New Year's Resolutions, if any? Whenever a … [Read more...] about What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?
Why go to the trouble of estate planning? The recent death of Soprano's actor James Gandolfini illustrates the need for careful, individual estate planning. The actor had a large estate, and he had a will. But sometimes a will just isn't enough! In this case, the will WAS enough to make his wishes known, to allow his beneficiaries to know that he cared for them, and to designate how he … [Read more...] about Tax Problems of Actor James Gandolfini’s Heirs Illustrate Need for Estate Planning