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Things you should know before adopting a child

Whether you already have a biological child or not, adopting a child can be a life-affirming decision that allows you to completely transform a child's life for the better. While choosing to adopt could be the best decision you ever make, it should not be a decision that is taken lightly, as it can unfortunately be a decision that some adoptive parents come to regret.

Therefore, it is a good idea to take your time when considering the ways in which adoption could affect your life and your family's dynamic. The following are some things that you should know before proceeding with the adoption process.

What to do when your ex interferes with custody

Sharing custody of your child can be a challenge, to say the least. Not only will you need to attempt to put aside any past hurt or resentment, but you will also need to actively work together with their other parent as a team to act in the best interests of your child.

There are many things that can cause a dispute between two parents sharing custody. The following are some tips for reacting to some of the most common interferences with child custody.

Is it possible to be happy during divorce?

If you are the one who took action to file for a divorce, it is likely that you did so in pursuit of a better life. If your spouse decided to file for a divorce, you may be feeling upset and surprised about their decision. In either case, if you are in the midst of the divorce process currently, it is unlikely that you are at your happiest.

The feeling of happiness can be fleeting, but when you are deeply content in your life, it can manifest into a constant outlook. While it can be challenging to maintain your happiness during the divorce process, it is possible. The following are some things that you can do in this chaotic time to feel more grateful and content.

Why are uncontested divorces preferred?

If you are embarking on a divorce, it's likely that you want to engage in a process that is as stress-free as possible. However, you will know that the divorce process is infamous for high tensions and battles between spouses. This is usually the case with a contested divorce, but it does not need to be this way.

Going through an uncontested divorce is generally preferred because it could mean that you are able to work with your divorcing spouse instead of against them, saving time and money, and having a less stressful experience. It could even help you get a better outcome overall. The following is an overview of what you should know before going through an uncontested divorce.

What to do when concerned about your child's safety

As a parent, your top priority in life will always be making sure that your children are safe. Therefore, you'll always be thinking about potential risks that they may be subject to, and how you can make them safer. If you are not in a relationship with their other parent and you share custody, there will be a certain amount of time in which you will have little to no control over your child's safety. This can feel scary, especially if you do not trust the other parent's ability to keep your child safe.

When it comes to the safety and well-being of your child, you should always trust your parental instincts. This means that any indication that your child is at risk when with the other parent should be acted on. Here's what to do if you have reason to believe that the parent is irresponsible.

How reliable are prenuptial agreements?

If you get married and the relationship doesn't work out, you may be at risk of losing a significant amount of your financial assets, particularly if you are the sole breadwinner in the household. This is why it is very common for high-asset individuals to ask their fiancés to sign a prenuptial agreement before marriage. This document should theoretically ensure that one spouse does not walk away from a failed marriage with their ex-spouse's hard-earned assets.

However, prenuptial agreements can be contested by the divorcing spouse in some circumstances, meaning that the asset division process continues to be subject to standard state law procedures. If you are considering whether to pursue a prenuptial agreement or you are worried that the prenuptial agreement will not hold up at divorce, you should take the time to understand how the law applies.

How divorce can help you reinvent yourself

Going through a divorce can sometimes feel like the end of the world. When you said "I do", you probably never imagined that you would one day be filing for divorce. But unfortunately, time can change people and you may feel like you no longer understand the person you are married to.

While divorce can mean the end of life as you know it, this makes space to create the life that you've always wanted to live. The following are ways that divorce can help you to reinvent yourself and to achieve a new level of happiness.

Understanding child custody and religion

A person's religion can often be perceived as a deeply ingrained part of their heritage and culture. If you hold a certain religion, it's likely that you'll want your child not only to share your beliefs but to also engage in the rituals and rites of passage of the religion.

If you are separated from the other parent of your child and you are working to share custody, it's likely that you'll have questions regarding your right to bring up your child in a certain religion, especially if your child's other parent does not share your religion. You'll also want to ensure that your child does not become confused and conflicted as a result of being taught different things by each parent.

The requirements for filing for divorce in Oregon

If you are considering filing for divorce, the state in which you file factors greatly in the process. If you currently reside in Oregon, it's likely that you will need to file here. However, in some cases, you may have limited options to file elsewhere.

It's therefore important that you understand the eligibility requirements for filing for divorce in Oregon, and that you understand how to file. The following is an overview of divorce laws in Oregon.

Tips for divorcing a passive-aggressive spouse

The fact that you are considering divorce suggests that you and your spouse do not currently see eye-to-eye. You may disagree with the way that your spouse handles certain situations, and you may find that recent arguments have blown up without warning. If your spouse is passive-aggressive, you will probably be feeling frustrated because you feel that you are never able to have an honest and open conversation.

It's important that you try to have a civil relationship through the divorce process. Therefore, it's wise to invest in your relationship, even if your ultimate goal is to cut all ties. By learning how to communicate better with your spouse, you'll likely have a smoother divorce process. The following are some tips on divorcing a passive-aggressive spouse.

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