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Can I adopt as a single parent in California?

If you are wanting to adopt, it is likely you will know that the controls that you will be subject to will be quite stringent. The government wants to make sure that vulnerable children in the foster care system are only adopted by responsible, loving and safe people who will help them to grow and live in a safe space. This is why, when you are going through the adoption process, you will be subject to background checks.

Property rights as an unmarried couple

If you are living with your partner but you are not married, you may wonder how the property will be set divided in a situation where your relationship ends. Marriages offer a certain degree of security when it comes to the way in which marital assets are divided, but an unmarried couple may face a greater degree of confusion when going through their separation.

Dealing with modifications after a divorce

When a divorce is finalized, most people feel a sense of relief knowing that the logistical processes surrounding their separation are finally complete. They may be surprised, therefore, if their ex-spouse takes action to try and modify some part of the divorce agreement a few months down the line.

Dealing with a grandparent dispute in child custody matters

If you are a parent of a young child, you will know how important the role of the child's grandparents can be. Grandparents can often play a vital role in the upbringing and care of a child; however, they can overstep the line, and in doing so, disputes can arise.

What happens to alimony when you get married?

Alimony is generally a part of a divorce agreement. This amount of money may be paid for a time in support of a lesser-earning spouse or as a sort of compensation for the support given during a marriage. If you are paying alimony, then you need to be aware of when alimony should end.

Tips for choosing someone for power of attorney in California

The person authorized to help you with a power of attorney is one of the most important legal representatives you can name in your estate planning documents. You don't want to pick just anyone either. It's not something you pick out of a hat. You need to trust the person you pick as your power of attorney to handle your affairs should you become incapacitated.

California woman using international treaty in child support case

A California woman who had a child with a French man who has a family is using an international treaty in an attempt to acquire child support. The woman met the father of her son, now 6, while in France. The two began a romantic relationship. The man even sent her lavish gifts when the two were apart. She had no idea the man had a family when she became pregnant with his child.