You make important decisions every day, but not all hold the same emotional weight. Personal decisions can be uniquely difficult to make; what if your emotions steer you the wrong way? No worries; the latest research offers valuable decision-making suggestions:
An unfortunate fact of foster care and adoption: many children are separated not only from their birth parents, but also from their siblings. This problem can be mitigated by parents who adopt multiple children at once, but it takes a special family to handle the added stress.
Utter the phrase 'paternity testing' and you might picture a chaotic scene straight from Maury. In the real world, however, paternity testing looks little like the drama-heavy version portrayed on television. Dealing with paternity issues? These recent advancements in DNA testing may help:
Custody cases are complicated enough as is; now imagine adding an international element to the equation. Money can ultimately be divided, but children can't, especially when their parents live tens of thousands of miles apart. Be prepared to deal with the following custody issues if your ex is a foreign national:
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Your chronotype (a classification based on when you feel most alert) could determine everything from your ideal career to your propensity for mental health disorders. It could also spell trouble for your relationship. Sleep disturbances cause stress, which is obviously not conducive to a healthy marriage.
Custody battles often cause more drama than the financial aspects of divorce. Couples who otherwise agree on alimony or property division come to blows over their kids' future — but why? A few chief sources of contention are highlighted below, along with possible solutions:
On March 12, 2018, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed denial of a request to modify spousal maintenance. The decision in Chadwick v. Chadwick is an interesting read; it’s been a while since we’ve reviewed a chain of opinions with such contrast among the lower and higher court.
As you get excited about adoption, it's important to get informed. Unfortunately, most books, podcasts, and other resources focus on domestic adoption. Looking for targeted information on the international process and its aftermath? Add these books to your reading list: