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4 Tips for Making a Holiday Visitation Schedule

The holiday season is supposed to be fun but scheduling can get overwhelming. That is true for anyone but especially for parents who are separated or divorced and have twice as much celebrating to manage.

Your holiday visitation arrangements were likely determined in the divorce but each year certain details need to be worked out again. What can you do to keep cool?

4 Reasons to Delay Divorce Until After the Holidays

You really don't want to sit through another dinner with your in-laws and you just can't stand your spouse another minute! Divorce seems like a solution and it may well be.

But stop. Take a breath. There are some good reasons to grin and bear it for the holiday season. So, for practical, financial, and emotional purposes, consider waiting until January, as so many do, before you file for divorce.

New Year's Resolutions

Alton Abramowitz, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers told Reuters that there is no solid data on how many divorces are filed in January, but it is a popular time to act. "People don't want to upset the apple cart over the holidays ... And then, because they don't want to spend another damned year with that spouse of theirs, as soon as the holidays are over they pull the plug and file," explained Abramowitz. He outlines some reasons to hang around.

Can I Fight a Child Support Increase?

You can challenge a request for additional child support in court. When it comes to child support payments, the parents can either agree to a modification or they can put the request before a judge.

When asked, courts do review previous child support arrangements and the law does account for changes of circumstances, allowing downward or upward modifications of support. Whether you are being asked to pay more, or you are seeking a decrease in child support due to a change in your life, a judge will reconsider a previous arrangement. But be prepared to back up any claims you make with proof.

How Much Will an Adoption Lawyer Cost?

How much an adoption lawyer will cost you depends on many factors, which are not all calculable in the abstract. Laws vary from state to state and there are different types of adoption, as well as distinctions in the process between adopting a child in the US and one who is abroad.

Wherever you and the child are, adoption is a process. And usually not a fast one. In fact, it can be exceedingly slow and difficult for prospective parents. A lawyer can tell you what to expect before the process begins but no one can predict everything.

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November is National Adoption Month. Parents of adopted children and prospective parents may be wondering what legal rights a non-biological parent has. These rights will often depend on relevant adoption laws, rights reserved by the biological parents, and whether previous parental rights have been terminated.

If you're thinking of adopting a child this month, or you've adopted or fostered a child in the past, here is an overview on the non-biological parental rights:

Utah Judge Allows Lesbian Couple's Adoption to Proceed

A Utah judge rescinded his order removing a foster child from the home of a lesbian couple. The order originally mandated that the child be placed with a heterosexual couple within one week, but now the kid can stay home as the prospective parents move forward with adoption, as planned, reports CNN.

Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen rescinded the order after rights groups national outcry about his decision. He cited the legal standard "best interests of the child" but based his initial decisions on his "belief that research has shown that children are more emotionally and mentally stable when raised by a mother and father in the same home."

Filing for Divorce in Separate States: a Quick Guide

You are getting out of your marriage and out of this place. But wait. How do you file for divorce if you move?

Splitting from separate states brings a few added considerations to the question of where to file for divorce. Let's look at them here.

Can I Marry Without My Parents' Consent?

You may be able to marry without your parents' permission but that depends on: 1) how old you are, and 2) where you live. State marriage laws vary.

Sixteen is commonly an age that marriage is allowed without parental consent. But you really will have to look up the laws in your state to answer the question yourself. In addition to age, there are other factors that may influence your ability to marry very young and without parental permission in some states, such as pregnancy.

Child Custody Tips: How to Share the Kids During Holidays

Thanksgiving is for gratitude and good food. But it can be hard to get in the holiday mood when celebration creates stress, as it often does in split families.

Sharing the kids can be difficult for divorced and separated parents. And feeling split between parents is tough on kids too. Children observe their parents and pick up on all kinds of behaviors. Send positive messages that will help them manage the stresses of adulthood by handling custody on the holidays cheerfully ... and like a grown-up.