Why Ignoring Child Support Obligations Doesn’t Work

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…

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Risks and Benefits of Initiating a Stepparent Adoption When the Biological Parent is Absent

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…

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Bill Supporting Foreign Adoption in Congress

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…

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What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

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…

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Tax Problems of Actor James Gandolfini’s Heirs Illustrate Need for Estate Planning

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…

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