When Knoxville parents like you decide that adopting a child is right for your family, there are many other steps and processes that follow after the initial decision. Even after you've finished with planning out the big important things like finances, it still leaves equally important matters like preparing your home to be as welcoming as possible to the new addition.
It's a scenario no parent in Knoxville ever wants to consider, but it's one that happens anyway. At the Law Office of Meghan A. Bodie, we work to bring you information about what you can do if the terrifying possibility of a custody-related child kidnapping occurs.
As many Knoxville couples going through divorce already know, the road to a split can be rocky and rough. This is why, at the Law Office of Meghan A. Bodie, we strive to provide you with as much information as possible upfront so you can prepare yourself for the potential hurdles ahead.
As of the start of 2017, the state of Alabama no longer allows common law marriages. According to WVTM-13, this law, signed by Gov. Robert Bentley last year, does not dissolve any common law marriages, but it does require unmarried Alabama couples to get a marriage certificate going forward.
A new controversial bill was passed by the Tennessee Senate recently. U.S. News reports that the bill, which would require state law to be interpreted in the “natural and ordinary meaning,” was passed with a 23 to 6 vote in the state senate on April 27, 2017. A different bill asking for similar interpretation of the law, where words are not interpreted in a more inclusive manner than was written, explicitly stated familial terms such as “mother,” “father,” “husband” and ‘wife” needed to use their ordinary definition. The bill came in response to a child custody case concerning a same-sex couple, which raised similar interpretation issues.
The decision to bring a new child into your home through adoptions is a very serious one. When you adopt a child, you are agreeing to raise and support him or her just as you would your own biological son or daughter.