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Child Custody Issues For Gay Couples

Same-sex couples now enjoy most if not all of the benefits that heterosexual couples do. Marriages have now become legal for gay couples and so has adopting children. However, the question of whether gay partners can be good parents or not is not an issue.  Research has established that being good parents has nothing to…

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Same-Sex Couples & Child Custody Issues

Same sex parents who are headed towards a divorce or separation have the same problems, issues, and concerns as heterosexual parents.  Avoiding a custody battle that can get very complicated not only for the couple but for the children as well is advisable.  A joint decision needs to be reached on matters such as legal custody…

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Divorce, Adoption & Custody Rights

A divorce has repercussions whether it is negative or positive on your life and that of the people all around you. When two spouses decide to part ways they are agreeing to end their legal relation with one another. Yet, some relationships, rights and responsibilities continue to exist even after a divorce such as those…

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Stepparent Adoption Means Terminating Another Parent's Legal Rights

In situations where a stepparent acts as one of the child’s primary caregivers and the other biological parent is not involved in the child’s life, stepparent adoption may be in the best interests of the child. Adoption terminates one biological parent’s legal rights and allows the stepparent to take over those rights and responsibilities. When…

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Stepparent Adoptions Increasing with Thousands of Stepfamilies Forming Every Day

 Stepfamilies are a huge part of American society, yet the mainstream media rarely mentions the unique needs of both parents and children when they are assimilating into one family. The U.S. Census Bureau reports 1300 new stepfamilies are forming every day and more than 50 percent of families are remarried or recoupled with kids less…

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Unmarried Mothers Should Consult With an Orange County Family Law Attorney

Unmarried mothers face a number of legal issues that must be dealt with to secure the health and happiness of their child. A family law attorney can help unmarried mothers navigate these difficult legal issues and secure adequate child support. Unfortunately, many unmarried women find themselves alone after they become pregnant and the father of…

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What To Understand About Same-Sex Couples and Adoptions in California

Same sex couples face unique legal challenges when they decide to become a family with children. While California allows same-sex couples to adopt, the process can be long and difficult. The adoption process is often difficult even for heterosexual couples, and same-sex couples face even greater challenges when it comes to adoption. In California, GLBT…

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Stepparent Adoptions in California Are Relatively Straightforward

Adopting in California is not terribly difficult, but the best advice anyone can be given is to discuss the matter with an experienced Orange County family attorney. Adopting a stepchild in California may be a relatively simple process, although as with many things dealing with the law, each case is different. There are generally exceptions…

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What to Know About Orange County Stepparent Adoptions

Step parent adoptions are quite common these days and not as complex as many people think. The fact of the matter when it comes to step-parent adoptions is that they are a whole lot easier and faster than other forms of adoption. This is because many of the states tend to bypass the home-study requirements…

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What is the Process for Stepparent Adoptions in Orange County?

In stepparent adoption, one biological or legal parent retains custody control of the children, with the stepmother or stepfather of the child seeking to adopt the child. Stepparent adoption cases are filed in Probate court, not Family Law court. An investigation case file is opened after the initial paperwork has been filed with the court…

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