Adoption is a wonderful way to welcome a new family member. However, it is not without its challenges. This is especially true if you wish to adopt internationally instead of within the country or within West Virginia. There are some important things you have to know and understand before you embark on this journey. Being prepared for the challenges can make international adoption easier.
Even after your divorce, your former spouse could continue to hold you back in many ways. For example, you would be beholden to the state of West Virginia in many cases to facilitate, as much as possible, the parent-child relationships between your former spouse and any of your children. At Herrenkohl Law Office, we know that people sometimes get opportunities that are too good to pass up. Luckily, there could be a way for you to improve your life and the lives of your children without impediment.
It is not pleasant to think about you or a loved one becoming so ill or disabled that making medical decisions is not possible, yet it is important to make plans so that you and your family maintain control over your health care choices. Fortunately, West Virginia law provides for people to appoint a medical durable power of attorney (POA) to make medical decisions on their behalf should they end up disabled. However, in doing so you want to make sure the appointment is valid.
Generally speaking, grandparents in West Virginia have the right to visit their grandchildren. However, there may be an issue between you and one or both of the parents of your grandchildren that prevents you from seeing them. If this is the case, according to FindLaw, it is usually best to resolve such issues out of court if at all possible. In the event that you are not making any headway by talking things out with your grandchildren's parents face to face, it may be beneficial for all parties to engage in mediation by a qualified professional.
Divorced parents may assume that the child support obligation ends once the child becomes an adult. However, because child support laws vary by state, and there are extenuating circumstances in which the court may either discontinue child support early or extend it past the usual cut-off point, parents in West Virginia should know how the laws apply to their situation.
If you are ready to take the steps required to adopt a child in West Virginia, then it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the process. Adoption does not happen overnight.
Not all marriages in West Virginia last for a lifetime. For any number of reasons, some couples decide to just call it quits. Inevitably, many divorcing couples will worry about how their assets will be divided. This is where the concept of marital assets come in. Married couples should know what marital assets are and how they may be split in the event of a divorce.