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Which Type of Adoption Is Best for My Family?Just like every child and family, every adoption is unique. For those looking to expand their family, there are various avenues that they can take. Making the decision to adopt the beginning of many more large decisions that must be made in this lengthy process. After you have chosen to expand your family through adoption, you must then consider your various adoption outlets. In some cases, adopting parents may be set on one way to adopt their future child. While it is helpful to have an idea of how you wish to adopt, it is important to consider all of your options before diving in you may be surprised by the adoptive path you decide to follow.

International Versus Domestic

The first choice that you should make before beginning the adoption process is where you are looking to adopt your child from. Americans are allowed to adopt children domestically or internationally. Those who are looking to adopt an American child will have the option of pursuing an independent adoption or agency adoption. Independent adoptions are completed with the help of an attorney while those who turn to an agency for help are committing to working with that agency throughout the process. Many will choose to work with an attorney rather than an agency to avoid additional agency fees and have a more private adoption with fewer professionals involved in the process. Depending on the situation, domestic adoptions may involve finding a family looking for an adoptive parent or a birth mother looking for parents for her child.

International adoptions have declined over the past decade as international governing bodies have put up additional regulations regarding their adoption policies. Typically, children being adopted internationally are from orphanages as their parents were unable to care for them. International adoptions are a good option for those who are open to adopting a child of any age. This type of adoption does not always include an infant, but a variety of ages. Anyone considering adopting internationally should work with an experienced attorney. Adoption laws vary from country to country, and it is crucial that you have a good understanding of your prospective child’s home country and its policies.

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Prenup vs. Postnup: Should I Consider Signing One?Many have heard the word “prenup,” but “postnup” has not received nearly as much coverage. Prenuptial agreements are typically discussed in the news as wealthy celebrities tie the knot, yet many have never heard the term postnuptial agreement. In the past, prenups have been “reserved” for the rich and disregarded by the average American. The tides have turned as millennials have changed the average age for marriage. Now that newlyweds have been getting married at a later age, they often have larger savings accounts and more to lose in the instance of divorce. Prenups are a good safety net for any married couple, and postnups have begun to rise in popularity as well. Understanding the difference between the two and knowing their benefits is information that every couple should take the time to learn about before signing on the dotted line.

Is One Better Than the Other?

As is evident in the name, prenuptial agreements are completed before the marriage, while postnuptial agreements are formulated after the couple has already said, “I do.” Prenups allow marrying couples to outline their assets and properties, explaining how they would be divided in the instance of divorce. This is important for couples who have large assets as well as those who have small savings accounts. Every asset and property will be divided during a divorce, so even small savings accounts could help you get back on your feet.

Postnups allow married couples to do the same thing as prenups; however, they can sometimes be more helpful. Because prenups are signed before the marriage is official, some of the terms being outlined on the agreement can seem abstract. Because things change after you get married, postnuptial agreements can feel more realistic and concrete. Postnups allow you to divide your current assets in the case of divorce. After getting married, the life you built together will include significantly more finances and properties than you had beforehand. A postnup allows you and your spouse to divide these between the two of you however you see fit. While it may seem odd to plan your potential divorce after years of marriage, it can often soothe the mind of each spouse, knowing that the division of the life they built together could be under their control if necessary.

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Will County child custody attorney

When parents are in the middle of a battle over the allocation of parental responsibilities, the state of affairs can be intense. In some cases, the parenting dispute can result in one parent taking the child without the consent and knowledge of the other parent or the court. Despite their status as a legal parent, this still qualifies as “kidnapping” or “child abduction” and can turn a civil case into a criminal case with harsh consequences for the offending parent.

Child Abduction

Kidnapping is a felony in Illinois, and a conviction can result in fines, probation and jail time. An individual will be charged with child abduction when he/she does one of the following: 

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How Criminal Charges Can Affect Your Right to Adopt a ChildAdopting a child is not something to take lightly. Whether you are a grandparent, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, aunt, uncle, or unrelated to the child you wish to adopt, once the adoption process is complete, you are responsible for making sound-of-mind decisions based on the best interest of the child.

However, if you have a criminal record, adopting a child may be more difficult, or in some circumstances, off the table.

What To Expect

According to the Illinois Adoption Act, the following is done during the adoption process:

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Homewood prenuptial agreement attorney

Prenuptial agreements are not mandatory within an Illinois marriage, but any engaged couple that has personal or business assets may want to protect what is theirs before getting married.

A prenuptial agreement is a written agreement that both you and your future spouse construct before getting married. This agreement lays out how property and assets will be divided if divorce or death were to occur. Items that can be included within a prenuptial agreement include:

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