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I want to adopt my stepchild: What do I need to know?

If you are a stepparent in Denver, you may be aware that you do not have the all of the same legal parental rights as a biological mother or father. In order for you to gain such rights, you can choose to adopt your stepchild and formally become their parent in the eyes of the law. The process do so is different in each state, so here is what you need to know about stepparent adoption in Colorado.

What do I need to know about an adoption home visit?

While adopting a child in Colorado can be an incredibly rewarding experience, the process can be quite lengthy. It will likely consist of many different stages, one of which is the home study. The home study is usually conducted by a social worker and may involve several visits to your home.

Financial considerations for unmarried couples who break up

In this day and age, living with a romantic partner in Denver without being married is no longer taboo. In fact, there are approximately 6.7 million couples doing so across the country according to U.S. News & World Report. However, one advantage of being married is that there are clear processes in place for dividing up a couple’s property in the event that the relationship should end.

What types of adoptions are available to families in Colorado?

If you live in Colorado and are interested in adopting a child, you may be unsure where to begin. Therefore, it may be helpful at the outset to understand what types of adoptions are available so that you can decide how best to proceed. According to the Colorado Foster Care and Adoption website, there are generally three different ways you can go about becoming an adoptive parent.

Child support requirement blocks teen mothers from access to care

Thanks to an initiative put into place a few years ago, the teen birth rate in Colorado has been drastically reduced. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the number of teen mothers aged 15 to 19 fell 48 percent between 2009 and 2014. However, for those mothers who do give birth as teenagers, access to child care can often be problematic.

What does it mean to be a child's legal guardian?

You may have heard the term "guardianship" before, but perhaps you are unsure what exactly it means. A legal guardian in Colorado is someone who looks after a child, but is not the child's parent. If you are a child's legal guardian, you are responsible for his or her every day care such as housing, meals, schooling and medical care. Guardianship differs from adoption in that the child's parents have not terminated their relationship with the child. As a legal guardian, your caretaker duties are often temporary until permanent care for the child is arranged.

What happens when your ex remarries or cohabitates

After a marriage ends, one or both parties will usually move on to a new relationship at some point. According to U.S. News & World Report, the number of second marriages in the country is on the rise. When that happens, someone who is paying ongoing alimony to their ex-spouse may wonder what their ex's new relationship means for their financial future.

Requesting a change to a child support order

We at Frost & Beck PC see many occasions in which one or another parent of a child wishes to request a change to a child support order. Your life may be altered in ways that significantly affect your ability to carry out or live with the original agreement. Individual reasons may vary, but the State of Colorado states that one of two conditions must be met for the courts to consider an adjustment.  You must request at least a 10 percent change to the original dollar amount of the order. Alternately, you may wish the agreement to reflect a change in medical support.

Understanding when a marriage may be over

Before agreeing on a divorce, many couples in Denver try to do all they can to save the marriage. Unfortunately, not all relationships can be saved, even with the best marriage counseling. There may come a time when one or both spouses must ask themselves if the marriage is worth staying in, or if a divorce is the better option. Family law issues such as this can be heartbreaking and complicated, especially when issues such as property division and child custody come into play.

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