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Undertaking the challenge of stepparent adoption

Chances are, you already consider your stepchild to be your own. However, in the eyes of the law, this is far from the truth. If you have been married to the child's biological parent for more than a year, you may be considering the benefits of adopting the child. Not only will taking this step solidify the bond between you and the child, but it will provide you with legal powers, such as making medical and educational decisions, which you may not do as a stepparent.

Partnering with your ex during the school year

The start of a new school year means a blank slate for you and your child. You may look at September as a time to make new resolutions that are even more meaningful than those made in January, especially if past years have presented stumbling blocks. If many of these struggles occurred because of miscommunication or resentment between you and your spouse, you may wish to amend that for the sake of your child.

Are you worried about negative reactions to your divorce?

After making the decision to end your marriage, you may feel as if you need to keep the news to yourself. This type of situation tends to gain negative attention, and you may fear that family members, friends or other parties will potentially make you feel bad about your choice. However, divorce does not have to live up to the negative stigma that society often places on it.

Is an uncontested divorce the right choice for you?

For some couples facing the end of a marriage, a contested, contentious divorce is not the only option. An uncontested divorce is a valid choice for many California couples, allowing parties to avoid a lengthy litigation process and court battle over various types of divorce issues.

In debt do you part: What happens to debts in a divorce?

If you forgot that you and your soon-to-be former spouse would need to divide your debts right along with your property, you aren't alone. Most California couples involved in a divorce tend to focus on splitting up their assets. While that is a necessary part of the process, your debts require attention and division as well.

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