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11 Questions to Ask Before Getting a Divorce

Asking the right questions before getting married just makes good sense, but how many people consider carefully the questions they need to ask before getting a divorce?

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The Ugly Parts of Adoption You Should Understand

Lita Jordan, an avowed adoption advocate talks about the dark side of adoption, including unethical adoption agencies, dishonest people running money making scams, and promises that go unfulfilled.

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The Emotional Stages of Divorce: What to Expect During and After the Divorce Process

According to various experts, there are five distinct emotional stages of divorce and they correspond to the five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.

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Benefits of Open Adoption

Research conducted by Harold Grotevant and Ruth McRoy of the Minnesota/Texas Adoption Research Project contradicts key concerns: that contact in an open adoption is unsettling to the adoptees, increases the birth mothers? grief, and exacerbates the adoptive parents? fears of losing the child.

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Parents Need to Understand Adopted Child Syndrome

According to Dr. David Kirshner, parents can cause unintentional harm to their adopted children by projecting their problems onto the kids. He says there is a risk of causing what he calls Adopted Child Syndrome.

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How to Make Custody Less of a Battle, According to a Divorce Lawyer

Most fathers fear the family courts and it's not without good reason. For many years, dads were considered secondary caregivers and moms were given the full benefit of the doubt. But times are, thankfully, changing.

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8 Common Myths About Foster Care Dispelled

For years, foster care has been misunderstood, unfairly judged, criticized through local media and television shows, and the subject of harsh headlines. It's time to set the record straight

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Anatomy of a Divorce

An accomplished author's singularly eloquent account of the excruciating pain of divorce - from which he has surfaced as if from death by drowning - with considerable insights toward human caring.

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Rise of 'Gray' Divorce Forces Financial Reckoning After 50

Being over 50 years of age is no barrier to divorce and, in fact, the divorce rate for the over 50 crowd has doubled since the 1990s.

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What if Our Son's Birth Mother Wants a Relationship With Him, but Not Us?

Many children are given up for adoption at birth, with mutually agreed upon rules in place to guide the relationships between the birth mother, the child, and the child's new adoptive parents.

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5 Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

When a divorce is imminent and there are children involved, a healthy co-parenting strategy can go a long ways toward ensuring the impact they receive from it is minimized.

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Raising Both Biological and Adopted Children

Feeling like an outsider is fairly common among adopted children and this feeling is intensified when there are also birth children in the family.

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10 Important Papers That Adoptive Parents Need to Know About

The process of adopting a child is long and arduous and rife with more paperwork than you will probably experience in any other endeavor in life...

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Psychological and Emotional Aspects of Divorce

Divorce is expensive, stressful, and in many cases debilitating, and yet it happens to over 50% of all marriages in the United States - the highest divorce rate in the world.

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3 Common Misconceptions About Divorce Mediation

The path of mediation in a divorce can be much less costly, less time consuming, less divisive, and less stressful...

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The Importance of A Father in A Child's Life

The typical dad is often viewed as less than competent, falling asleep in his favorite chair, or completely obsessed with sports...

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Adulting 101: Divorce Edition

Going through a divorce is difficult and complicated enough without the parties involved being immature.

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Cooperation or Combat? The Choice Is Yours!

You always have a choice. The key is learning what options you have so you can make intelligent choices...

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New tax law affects alimony, could spur divorce surge

The alimony tax deduction, which has been in the tax code since 1942, is changing.

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Co-Parenting Tips Before School Starts

Blended families are rife with potential battlegrounds when it comes to the kids' schools...

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What You Need to Know Before You Adopt

Many couples turn to adoption after they have struggled with fertility.

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Adopting Through Foster Care: a Less Expensive Alternative

Many families who might otherwise choose to adopt find themselves unable to manage the financial burdens.

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How Divorce Affects Investments

64 percent of women say their divorce created a financial crisis.

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Children After Divorce

Adolescence is a period of particularly grave risk for children in divorced families.

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Second Marriages Are More Likely To End In Divorce. Here's Why

Marriage therapists weigh in.

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Mothers vs. Fathers - Special Rights in Divorces

Many people mistakenly believe mothers always get physical custody of the child in divorce cases.

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Taking Control of your Finances

Understanding your income and expenses will help you to gain control of your finances - and life - during divorce.

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False Accusations Of Sexual Assault

According to a study conducted in 2010, somewhere between 2% and 10% of all Sexual Assault allegations are false.

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10 Things Everyone Should Know About Marriage, According To Divorcees

Sometimes you don't know what you don't know unless you've been there.

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Electronic Information in a Divorce

Protecting your electronic information is always important, but when the prospect of a divorce is looming it becomes critical that you shore up any loose ends immediately.

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Staying Calm while Negotiating with Your Ex

Ten tips for staying cool and calm during heated divorce-related negotiations or conversations

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Children and Divorce

As traumatic as divorce can be for the adults involved, it can be even more stressful and confusing for children.

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Child Support and Post-Secondary Education

Court rulings in New Jersey hold that parents are not exempt from college-related expenses even after divorce.

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Establishing Paternity: Biology's Role in Child Custody and Support

In a modern day example of how truth can be stranger than fiction, there is a growing number of child custody and support cases where few things are cut and dry, including paternity.

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Top 5 Custody Dispute Mistakes

As traumatic and emotionally charged as a divorce can be, it is even moreso when children are involved.

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