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March 2017 Archives

How can I help protect my children from a domestic abuse situation?

One of the most upsetting aspects of living with an abusive spouse or partner is the harm that could come to your children. As much as you may want to shield your children from the very bad things your partner is doing, it is important that they are able to protect themselves when a situation escalates to violence. Therefore, you may want to instruct your children as to what to do when dangerous circumstances arise.

Top questions about CPS investigations reviewed

CPS, or Child Protective Services, goes by many names in the various cities and states in which these entities operate, but their general operational goal is to investigate incidents of child abuse and to remove children from dangerous situations. Unfortunately, if a divorce becomes particularly acrimonious, the disputing parents can and do use CPS investigation and allegations to "attack" one another. This post will go over CPS investigations and how one could impact you.

What is an order of protection?

If you have ever been concerned for your safety against a spouse or partner in Tennessee, you know a type of fear that is unique and should never be experienced. It is important for you to remember that you are not alone and many other people have experienced domestic violence. The law is available to help you and one of the ways you may seek help is via an order of protection.

How are the best interests of a child determined?

Like any other Knoxville parent, you surely want the best for your kid. But how is something like that even determined? How can you be sure that your child is getting the best they can possibly get and going down a road that will allow them to flourish, even after your divorce?

Basics of stepparent adoptions

If you are a Texas resident who is interested in adopting your stepchild or who has a spouse that would like to adopt your biological child, you will want to carefully assess your options and the situation. Certainly the desire for a stepparent to adopt a stepchild can be one filled with great emotion as it is generally seen as a very loving and warm act. However, it is also a legal action and should be regarded as such.

Strategies to make it through the adoption process

Adopting a child can be one of the most joyous and fulfilling experiences of your life. It can also be overwhelming, impossibly complicated, extremely time-consuming, and downright scary. You will be subjected to a home study, an intense background check and fingerprinting. However, in the end, once the long process and endless wait is over, you will finally be able to bring the newest member of your family home.

Alimony: how to keep proper records

Whether you're the one paying or receiving alimony, you'll want to make sure you keep careful records. There are a few good reasons to do so. For the person paying alimony, the total of the payments is tax-deductible at the end of the year. For the person receiving alimony, those payments will be considered income by the IRS, and you'll need to pay taxes on it. Also, you'll want to keep good records in case your ex-spouse claims they paid and didn't or your ex-spouse claims they never received payment but did.

Know your parental rights before filing for your child’s custody

Getting together with your significant other and starting a family are some of the fondest memories for many people. Unfortunately, sometimes these memories do not end up being the continuous source of joy we thought they would be. Children make the decision to part ways for couples even more difficult.  Leaving your loved one isn’t easy, but sometimes it is what you need to do to continue living your life with the happiness you want for yourself and your child.

What is a civil annulment?

A lot of people who want to dissolve their marriage think that there's only one option: divorce. While this is by far the most common means to split, there is also the possibility of getting an annulment. Both annulments and divorces do the same thing, but there is one important difference. In a divorce, your marriage is recognized as valid whereas an annulment erases all evidence of the marriage. Essentially, getting an annulment will make it look like you were never married.

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