Kathleen J. Smith, Attorney at Law

January 2019 Archives

Is there more than one way to adopt in California?

What is adoption? It is a procedure in which a person or a couple establishes a legal parent/child relationship with someone, usually a child. However, adoption is really so much more than this simple definition allows. Adoption means becoming a parent, experiencing the joys of loving someone, having that love returned and making the lives of all involved better.

Tips for creating a successful parenting agreement

Child custody and parenting time are two of the most contentious elements of a divorce with kids. Typically, both parents want what is best for the children. However, they sometimes have different ideas about how to achieve their goals. Although the intentions of both parents are good, these disagreements can evolve into long-lasting and stressful conflicts. If the parents cannot create a mutually agreeable parenting plan, a California family court will decide the matter.

How to establish a second home for kids after divorce

Moving into a new home after your divorce can be stressful. If you are feeling stressed as a new parent, imagine how your kids will be feeling when they begin to live in a place they are not familiar with. Every child may feel different about this new experience. Some will see it as a new adventure and a new place to explore and have fun. Others will not feel comfortable being taken from what they know and may have a harder time adjusting.

California makes the top 20 for best places to raise a family

Parents can face various challenges when it comes to raising their family. What challenges may by particularly likely to come up depends on many things, including where a family lives. Different locations vary greatly when it comes to the many factors that touch on raising a family.

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