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Divorce, two homes and helping your children adjust

Adjusting to life after divorce is a learning experience for everyone in the family. Explaining the whole situation to your children in a way that they will understand is probably the first challenge you will face, closely followed by helping them make the transition between two homes.

How same-sex marriage become legal

Same-sex marriage has been legal for approximately two years, ever since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. The decision gave the right of marriage to same-sex couples throughout the United States; however, before 2015, numerous individual states had already legalized same-sex marriage locally.

4 myths about the ICWA and adopting a Native American child

In 1978, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act to protect the interests of Native American children in adoption and child welfare proceedings. Many people believe that the ICWA is no longer required or is outdated. However, if you want to adopt a child with a Native American heritage, you will want to know how this law can affect your adoption.

Do pastry chefs have the right to refuse gay clientele?

Same-sex couples have had the right to get married for almost two years now in the United States, but do cake bakers have the right to refuse them business? The U.S. Supreme Court could be facing a decision about whether individuals have the right to say "no" to participating in same-sex marriages when it comes to offering their business services.

What's a closed adoption?

Closed adoptions are not as popular as they used to be, but several decades in the past, nearly all of them were closed. "Closed" in the context of adoption means that the adoptive parents and the child never had any contact with the birth parents. The records in these cases were even sealed to protect the confidentiality of the birth parents, so that it would be challenging to find them.

Could a financial specialist help me with my divorce?

When a divorce comes to a close, the larger the marital estate, the more difficult and complicated it will be to divide. In fact, you may not know the correct value of certain assets, or you and your spouse might fight and argue over how much certain assets should be valued. Don't forget about taxes, either, as they could factor into your asset division process as some of your assets will have capital gains taxes associated with them.

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