The definition of family can change depending on the circumstances. A nuclear family has parents or stepparents and their dependent children. Extended relatives can live together and establish a family, such as a grandparent and grandchildren. Therefore, a family consists of two or more people related by birth, marriage or adoption who live together. However, a family is more than the
It’s hard to know where to start when you’re dealing with a draining family conflict. Below you can find useful articles and videos on subjects such as choosing the right lawyer, how to address substance abuse issues in a custody case, lowering your divorce costs and more.
The end of a couple’s relationship is likely to have a substantial impact on their children. Parents are faced with concerns about how much time they get to spend with their children compared to the other parent. In such circumstances, you may be wondering whether your children are allowed to express their preferences in custody decisions such as where to
Court Terminates Biological Mother’s Parental Rights, Allowing Step-Mother to Legally Adopt the Child
Issues surrounding the custody of minor children are very emotional and, as a result, often end in major disagreements between divorcing spouses. In a recent case before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the court affirmed the lower court’s order terminating the parental rights of a child’s mother and granting the child’s step-mother’s petition to adopt her. The Facts of the
In the United States, millions of minor children depend on their parents to provide food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, safety and guidance. They may live in different parental homes – some with married or cohabitating parents, others with single-parent living arrangements. According to the United States Census Bureau report for 2021, over 42 million children live with their married parents, and
A family consists of people related by blood, marriage and adoption. It also can include individuals so closely connected that they feel like family. Some families in the United States do not contain traditional family members. For decades, the conventional family was married parents and children of the marriage. In 2020, more than 1.6 million marriages occurred in the United States.
The portrayals of grandparents in movies and television are ones of older people who dote on their grandchildren. They also have characteristics of patience, kindness, generosity and wisdom. They give unconditional love and are shoulders to cry on and listen with empathy. The films also show that the grandchildren have the same affinity toward their grandparents. In real life, grandparents and grandchildren often
Children depend on adults to protect, provide, and teach them. They are one of the most vulnerable groups in the world. Because most children cannot take care of themselves, they trust adults to obtain food, shelter, health care, clothing, transportation and education. Unfortunately, an adult can violate the trust by abusing the child. The Centers for Disease Control states that
Society has phrases about the bond between children and their fathers, such as “daddy’s girl” and “like father, like son. Such sayings highlight that fathers play essential roles in their children’s lives. In some homes, dads contribute equally to parenting; sometimes, they are the sole parent. Times changed and shifted the belief that only mothers care for and raise children.
Child custody is a legal determination that one or both parents have the decision-making power and control over the care of their child., The issue of child custody arises in cases of legal separation, divorce, and unmarried parents. Custody cases can become a tug-of-war or competition between parents in which each one wants to win. Ultimately, the goal is establishing
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case challenging provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). If the Supreme Court decides to alter or reverse the ICWA’s terms, state-level laws in places like Oregon may offer added protections. The Case Before the Supreme Court In November 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Haaland v. Brackeen,