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Should you adopt privately or through the state?

When you decide to adopt a child, you then must decide how you wish to go about doing it. Per AmericanAdoptions.org, your three basic options consist of the following: domestic adoption through a private agency, domestic adoption through the state’s foster care system, and international adoption through a private agency.  Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Consequently, the one you…

How to determine whether your property division is fair

If you and your spouse are able to come to an agreement that the judge agrees is fair to both of you, he or she may include it in the final decree without any adjustments. So, you need to understand exactly what the judge considers “fair.”  Indiana laws list the following factors that contribute to a division of property that is…

Where to turn for help after placing a child for adoption

Though placing a child for adoption may be the right decision for both of you, that does not mean that it is an easy process. You may still experience feelings of guilt, grief or loss. Staying in contact with the child through open adoption may help ease these negative feelings but not avoid them completely.  However, there are ways that…

Reasons grandparents may get custodial rights in Indiana

Findlaw indicates that numerous states embrace grandparent visitation since it helps in the development of an emotional connection in a child. The same states welcome grandparents as the child’s custodian if the parents do not provide proper care to their child. They also have a right to fight for the custody of the child. However, the laws in Indiana are not that…

Tips for starting an estate plan

There is a misunderstanding about estate plans that they are just for older people, but that could not be further from the truth. Estate planning is for everyone as soon as they reach adulthood and start obtaining assets. Once you have children, a plan becomes even more essential. If you do not yet have an Indiana estate plan, then now…

Important factors when choosing a guardian

If you are one of the many parents in Indiana who has decided now is the time to select a guardian for your children as part of your overall estate planning activities, you should feel good about taking this step. While certainly nobody can replace you in your child’s life or eyes, having this identified ahead of time can make…

Where you keep your will is important

Your estate planning documents, like any important paperwork, should be kept in a safe place where they cannot be destroyed or stolen. Some people naturally consider keeping their important paperwork housed in a safety deposit box at a local bank. However, for a number of reasons, storing estate documents in your Indiana bank may not be the best course of…

Can my ex-spouse move away with our children?

Getting a divorce can remedy many issues. However, it can also create new ones. The main new problem is often child custody and visitation. While the Indiana court set up your parenting plan for you, that does not mean more challenges will not come up in the future. An excellent example of something you may have to deal with is…

Is putting your child up for adoption is the right decision?

When you find out that you are pregnant and you are not expecting such life-changing news, you may be flooded with strong emotions regarding your potential as a parent. If you are considering putting your child up for adoption in Indiana, it may benefit you to understand the pros of such a decision to help you make a more confident…